Tips for running a small footprint event.

  • Put someone in charge to ensure the small footprint theme is consistent and promote it as such. 

  • Produce an environmental policy for your conferences and meetings.

  • Offer attendees the option of buying a trees for planting by a local community group (see below how Fifteen Trees can help out here). 

  • Advise speakers about your small footprint event.

  • Keep all participants informed about your small footprint event.

  • Use/promote businesses that have green policies. Ask companies (e.g. the venue) for their policies and if they don’t have one, go else but tell them why – very powerful way to make businesses ‘step up’.

  • Make it a ‘paper free’ event, or at the very least use double sided paper and recycled paper (best brands for 100% recycled paper include – Evolve, Vision and Fuji). Avoid Reflex who are using our native forests for their pulp supplies. Take the ‘ethic paper pledge‘ to help protect our native forests.

  • Encourage public transport by offering prizes, discounts, free glass of wine etc when they present their train/bus ticket. Give instructions as to which tram, bus or train to take.

  • Give promotional sustainable gifts that are made from local producers (with little/no packaging).

  • Distribute a low ecological impact lanyard. Use regular thread with a knot/bead linking both extremes.

  • Encourage recycling with simple systems.

  • Offer only vegetarian meals. It won’t kill anyone to go without meat for a day or so.

  • Don’t offer plastic water bottles. Have glasses and water jugs on hand. Ask the venue to adhere to this. 

  • If you must use plastic name tags, collect them at the end of the conference to reuse the next year. 

  • No plastic straws to be given out! Ditch the straw. Again ask the venue to adhere (loving that word). 

 

 

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Fifteen Trees can help make your event just that little greener by organising the planting of one tree for each attendee at a cost of $5.00/tree (includes GST).  The trees will be planted by community groups (such as schools and Landcare) across Australia and are sourced from local independent nurseries. Once planted (in the wetter months of the year) you will be able to see photos the trees and read the comments by the community groups who have planted them. You are then able to use these images on your website to promote your green events. 

 

Slainte – Colleen