Creating a sustainable event

By Karla Fallon



While we are planning a conference to sustain the future of our sector, we also want an event that is sustainable for the environment for everyone’s future.

Though environmental sustainability is an increasing focus in industry and events, going the extra step to deviate from common methods and try out new practices can be challenging.  Will it cost more? Will it work? Will it just be ‘too hard’?

We want to take up that challenge.  With your collaboration and some shared innovation, we want NLS9 to be a more sustainable symposium that fosters a strong sense of community whilst minimizing the negative impact on the environment.

Here are some of our ideas so far:

  • Centrally located event – allows participants to walk or catch public transport, which is great for the environment and our hip pockets
  • Not using disposable plates and cutlery at breaks
  • Encouraging participants to bring their own water bottles and reusable coffee cups
  • Only include materials that can be recycled or passed on to others in the event materials, and have a collection spot for things that people don’t want to take with them

Great ideas come from collaboration so let us know what you have tried.

What’s worked? What challenges have you faced? What would you love to try but haven’t been able to use yet?  What suggestions do you have for our event to be more environmentally sustainable?

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Listen to our Co-conveners on Turbitt & Duck

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Recently Pixie and I spoke with the the NLS8 Co-conveners Sally @sallyturbitt and Amy @amywalduck from Turbitt & Duck @TurbittNDuck We were very grateful for the opportunity to talk with them about NLS9. These are two very talented women who inspired us to put in a bid for NLS9 in Adelaide. If you don’t follow then already then I highly recommend that you do and spend some time listening to their other fantastic podcasts.

We were both a bit nervous  but these two friendly faces made us feel very much at ease. It felt as though we were just catching up with old friends.

 

I first met these two at NLS8 (well actually we met on twitter before that). I recommend to anyone wanting to come to NLS9 that you spend time making connections on Twitter before the symposium. It is a great way to meet and talk libraries with people in a really easy and friendly space. It really helped me when I got to NLS8 and made me feel more comfortable socialising.

To get you started have a look at the @TurbittNDuck post here. They asked everyone to tag GLAM friends and colleagues and there are some incredible people here to follow and engage with.

We hope you enjoy the podcast.