04 Nov Sustainability and Events
What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘sustainability’? Sustainability basically means we are “meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (McGill University, n.d.). Events have an impact on our environment and impacts the needs of future generations.
When attending the CMEE in August, I talked with professionals from British Columbia (BC). In my conversation with them, I learnt that BC is ahead of the game on sustainability. Here in Ontario, I have met people who don’t even know what sustainability is. There are some suppliers, caterers, and venues who are taking the steps and putting in sustainable practices and policies.
Sustainability has 3 pillars: environment, economic, and society. Events play a factor in all 3 pillars. When we are creating our events, we need to take a look at our carbon footprints and understand what our footprint is doing to our environment. Is it preserving natural resources or depleting/harming them?
When setting your event goals and objectives, set sustainable goals. Think of every aspect of your event and how you can make one change to that part. Events are made up of: decor, venue, transportation, food and beverage, entertainment, and audio visual. So take one of those, look at your carbon footprint and what you can change to preserve our environment.
You are not alone in this. I am here to help guide your way. I am your consultant to sustainable events.
Colston, K. (2019). Go Green: How To Start Creating Sustainable Events. [online] Endless Events. Available at: https://helloendless.com/sustainable-event-trend/ [Accessed 12 Sep. 2019].
“What is Sustainability?”. McGill University. n.d. Retrieved September 11, 2019. https://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/files/sustainability/what-is-sustainability.pdf