Category: Event Sustainability 101

Green Event Cleaning Services – 6 Reasons to Hire the Professionals

6 Reasons to Hire Professional Green Event Cleaning Services

Hosting an event can be a difficult task. From planning the entertainment to the catering, there is definitely a lot to get done. It’s important, however, not to neglect the responsibility of cleaning up properly after the event, and to ensure the cleanup process is planned out as well. And with this environmental impact of […]

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 […]

Considering an Attendee’s Perspective of Sustainable Events

Attendee's Perspective of Sustainable Events

When you go through the effort of planning a more sustainable event, are your attendees aware of this? As someone who loves attending events and who does not have a background in sustainability, it still makes me happy when the events I attend are environmentally conscious. So when you’re applying sustainability techniques to your event, […]

Indoor vs Outdoor Venues: Which is More Sustainable?

Indoor vs Outdoor Venues: Which is More Sustainable?

When you’re planning any kind of event, a big question is always where the venue should be. After all, the venue can have a huge impact on the overall experience of your attendees. The shift from an indoor to an outdoor venue can make all the difference, even when it comes to making your event […]

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 […]

A Revealing Look at the Carbon Footprint of an Event

Carbon Footprint of an Event

In 2011, a University of British Columbia (UBC) study took a comprehensive carbon footprint (a Scope 3 assessment for the carbon accounting diehards out there) of a basketball game held on campus between the UBC Thunderbirds and the visiting Thompson Rivers University’s Wolf Pack. The basketball game attracted 560 spectators that arrived largely by car. The visiting team […]

Taking an Honest Look at ‘Going Paperless’

Taking an honest look at 'going paperless'

While “going paperless” is a great first step towards planning a green event, it’s only just that – a first step. A recent blog post published by Adrian Segar (@ASegar) hit the nail on the head with this issue. After seeing his colleagues become the target of criticism for supposedly wasting paper at events and being a […]

Environmentally Sustainable Events and Green Meetings with the APEX/ASTM Standards

The APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards are a collecton of industry standards that specify precisely what it means to plan a green event. As the events industry continues to embrace sustainability in all its forms, standards like this one will begin to play an increasingly important role. If you are a planner of or a […]

Key Impact Areas of Sustainable Events (Part 2/2)

In the 2nd of a 2 part series (read the 1st part here), we’re looking at how certain areas of an event – accommodations, marketing materials, and products in general – can affect its overall sustainability impact in the economic, social, and environmental dimensions. Planning an event itself can be a difficult task in the […]

Key Impact Areas of Sustainable Events (Part 1/2)

When it comes to planning sustainable events, the devil is in the details. Now admittedly, there can be a lot of those details when it comes to planning any type of event and sustainability can quickly add an additional degree of difficulty. By focusing your attention on certain key areas of concern, however, the entire […]