James Watson

Rio2016 Olympics: From Sustainable Event Hosting to Long Term Legacies

Overview of event sustainability initiatives at the Rio2016 Summer Olympics

The Rio2016 Summer Olympic Games have just finished with a festive finale. No doubt the Games’ workforce, 50,000 volunteers and the many hosting agencies are exhausted and exhilarated for having delivered the array of competitions, celebrations and cultural events – and all for the first time in South America. Like many visitors, I have a […]

Exploring Vegetarian and Vegan Catering for Events

Exploring Vegetarian and Vegan Options in Event Planning

The livestock industry has grown in the past few decades with the increasing global population, urbanization and income growth. In 2009, a study conducted by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) projected the demand for meat and dairy products to double by 2050. Livestock and the Environment Livestock production is a […]

Sustainable Event Tip #25 – Providing a Low Emissions Guest Shuttle

Reduce the impact of your attendees’ “last mile” of travel by providing a low emissions guest shuttle.

Often overlooked when planning an event, transportation represents a considerable sustainability impact that should be given its due attention. Now while it is difficult to directly manage all aspects of if, as many attendees will inevitably choose to travel however they do, there are certain key areas that you can influence. The guest shuttle, for instance, is […]

Waste Management Planning for Outdoor Events

If you’re planning a large outdoor event – be it a music, food or street festival – you already know how waste management can present a big headache. These types of events produce tonnes of waste (literally) and it takes some careful planning to get it right. Here are a few issues and related strategies […]

Sustainable Event Tip #23 – Choose a Certified Green Building as a Venue

Host your event in a certified green building (e.g. LEED, BOMA BESt, Net Zero Energy Building, etc.).

You have probably heard of LEED, the green building certification, before (e.g. “LEED Gold” or “LEED Platinum” ratings) but there are several other green building standards too, like BOMA BEST, Green Globes, Living Building Challenge / Net Zero Energy Building, BREEAM, etc. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your event is a little bit greener is to choose […]