Green, sustainable, carbon-neutral – these are all hot (and constant) topics in the event industry as we try to make events more eco-friendly and less wasteful. #ClimateChange! Making the decision to plan more green events is the first step, but now what?
Hosting an environmentally-friendly event is more than just offering to recycle onsite and reducing the number of print materials used. We have found some amazing resources that help us think of innovative, impactful, and effective ways to reduce the carbon footprint, reduce waste produced, and improve the overall sustainability of our events.
Here are some of our favorite sites, articles, and resources to improve the sustainability and eco-friendliness of your event:
Trace Your Carbon Footprint:
Trace by Isla: “The TRACE platform helps you measure and minimize carbon at live, hybrid and digital events.”
myclimate: “Use the myclimate event calculator to determine the remaining, unavoidable CO2 emissions and offset these in a myclimate climate protection project.”
Resource Libraries and Articles:
Green Meetings for a Clean Planet, Eventopedia: “A few simple sustainable practices can make your meeting eco-friendly as well as educational.”
Events Industry Council Sustainability Insights: “The Centre for Sustainability and Social Impact is dedicated to providing globally-relevant resources that champion the adoption of sustainable and socially impactful practices.”
City of Vancouver Green Events Planning Guide: “This guide will help you rethink the amount of waste, energy and materials consumed during the course of your event planning and activities.”
Green Key Global: “Sustainable Programs Designed Specifically
for the Hotel Industry, by the Hotel Industry.”
@GreenBiz on Twitter: “Reaching a global audience of 500,000+ people, GreenBiz is the leading media and events company at the intersection of business, sustainability and innovation.”
@guardianeco on Twitter: “News and comment on the world’s most important environmental stories.”
@thesustainableeventsforum on Instagram: “Dedicated to creating a more sustainable events industry through our 4 pillars: Educate, Inspire, Collaborate, and Act”
@wastefreeyeg on Instagram: “A non-profit grassroots organization devoted to reducing waste in Edmonton however possible.”
@leftoversfoundation on Instagram: “Mobilizing community to reduce food waste and increase food access to those who need it most. #RescueFood inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org”
Look Local to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Edmonton Reuse Centre: “The Reuse Centre is a circular economy resource, accepting various items from Edmonton residents free of charge and making them available to organizations and individuals for reuse.”
Community Partnership Program, Tycoon Events: “At Tycoon Events, we understand that our decisions impact our community, our city, and our environment. That is why we choose to give back to community organizations, based on three pillars that align with our values:
- Health and Wellness
- Accessibility and Inclusivity”
It is a shared responsibility to ensure that the event industry is doing its part to not only reduce our carbon footprint but to make efforts toward carbon-neutral events. We want to hear from you. Are your events part of the solution or part of the problem?
- Your Tycoon, Kassidy XO