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?