Our impact on the environment is undeniable and growing. Since 1993 sea levels have risen by 83mm which has lead to the destruction of wildlife, their habitats and landmass. Additionally, we have produced 8.3 billions tonnes of plastic since its invention in 1907, 79% of which is still lingering around.
Research is being carried out to monitor the effects and suggest solutions. Governments are pledging to reduce their fuel emissions by certain deadlines. But have we stopped and looked at the impact of our own industry?
Over 85 million people attend events every year. Each one of those potentially adding to the consumption of unsustainable food, the use of non-degradable materials and the increase in their carbon footprint.
Green events offer a solution to this from their dedication to ensuring each element of an event is environmentally friendly. For some expert advice, one of our event managers, Chloe, has given her tips for you to make a difference.
81% of people prefer to buy from sustainable companies, so why should your choice of venue be any different? Choosing a venue that dedicates itself to sustainable practices will clearly impress the majority of your event’s guests, but also decrease its environmental impact.
Being the flagship for the event, a venue’s ideology will be reflected within the event itself. If the venue looks good then you will look good too. It’s therefore vital that this decision is not taken lightly. Find a venue that suits your requirements whilst doing their bit for the environment, and you will have the perfect combination.
There are many factors to look out for when making this decision. LED lighting, motion sensors and an energy efficient heating systems are all indicators of a venue that’s dedicated to reducing its energy consumption. A strong recycling policy is also a good barometer for a green venue. Disposing of waste in an environmentally friendly manner by turning it into energy or by recycling will both aid the venue’s sustainability.
Events are great for food; we arrive, and delicious catering appears out of nowhere. Rather than assuming that the ingredients used are sourced in a green manner, take the time to research your caterer’s provenance instead. If your caterer supports local businesses and farms in buying their produce, it will bring many benefits to your event. It will enhance the community through the finical gain and reduce your carbon print as less distance needs to be travelled.
More importantly, small-scale farms are less likely to use harmful products such as pesticides and preservatives as their crop is not being transported overseas. Therefore, purchasing produce that is as close to the venue as possible will allow your food to be healthier and taste better. The fresher the food, the more nutrients it will contain.
Linked to the venue’s location, having accessible public transport links is another way to lessen your event’s carbon footprint. Being close to tubes, bus routes and train stations are all brilliant features which can help encourage your guests to travel via public transport.
If you wanted to make an extra ‘green’ effort, then ensuring that you have space for large vehicles such as buses will provide the opportunity for you to offer communal transport to and from your event. You can then be guaranteed that all guests will be travelling to your green event in a green manner.
Your efforts to host green events does not end with the venue and catering. Every aspect of an event can be enhanced in some way or another to make it more environmentally friendly.
As event trends become more and more elaborate, competition dictates that events will contain more features. Unfortunately for the environment, these unnecessary additions to an event will mean a dramatic increase in the amount of waste produced.
Evaluate your event and replace all the wasteful materials with green alternatives.
Rather than printing the agendas and event material, send it to the attendees electronically before the event or display it on TV screens. Additionally, plastic is widely used during events, even though there are better alternatives. Scrap plastic bottles and straws for reusable alternatives such as glass bottles or paper straws.
For more ideas on how you can make your event more environmentally friendly, contact Chloe from the events team.