In honor of Earth Week, April 20-23, we would like to share our tips and tricks for planning and executing environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable events.
By Molly Beeman, EvCC RCM (Resource Conservation Manager), and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair; and Hayley Edwards, Event Coordinator with EvCC Conference Services
Make a “green” commitment to your event.
By going green with your event, you will reduce the negative impacts to the environment, conserve resources, and support the local economy.
1. Green advertising
Your attendees want to know about your commitment to being green – share your green goals on your advertising materials. Minimize non-sustainable promotions and giveaways. Promote the green with reusable signage. Ensure that appropriate signage is placed at strategic locations throughout the event that describes how elements contribute to the “greening” of the event.
2. Communicate Electronically
Use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to advertise. Send invitations via email instead of using paper versions.
3. Go paperless with payments and registrations.
Consider electronic payment and registration services such as Brown Paper Tickets.
4. Buy Local
Opt for sustainable, local food sources. Ask the food service provider what seasonal food choices are available.
Use compostable materials and flatware. Request compost bins for your event.
Collect and store materials that can be used for future events. Consider donating extra food to local community groups. EvCC Student LIFE or Veterans Resource Center can help get food items to students in need.
Encourage alternative transportation to events, such as ride sharing, bus and trains. Provide a link to the local bus schedule, create an online signup for attendees to carpool, consider webcasting the event as well.
8. After your event
Turn off all equipment and lights before leaving. Send out important event surveys electronically. Encourage attendees to continue using green practices after your event.