The key areas that we focus on when making the event or festival office sustainable are:
Putting in place policies that make the sourcing of any supplies, from generators to band riders, take into account three main attributes-Location (Australian made from Australian products in best), Embodied Energy (items with higher embodied energy that must be sourced, should either be hired, borrowed or re-used) and Qualities of Production (Fairtrade, organic, Recycled). A good start when looking for suppliers is to check out the Green Pages and the Green Biz Directory.
Minimal steps that can be taken would include recycling/re-using printer cartridges, IT equipment, paper and cardboard and undertaking a ‘3 Quote for any item’ rule, sourcing the cheapest item, the most environmentally friendly item and the item that can be obtained closest to the office.
Are electronic methods used to promote the event? Are vegetable inks and recycled paper used for flyers, posters and publications that the event advertises in? Any green efforts that the event is making should be shouted about, with press releases and up-to-date website features. Green Chief also look at the viability of entering into awards schemes (such as A Greener Festival, or the sustainability award at The National Event Awards) that provide world-wide recognition and free publicity for events making an effort environmentally.
Company Culture & Policy
Your event may already have a green culture which is important to formalise into policies to communicate to contractors,new and current staff and anyone working with your company a coherent set of expectations. As well as an overall environmental policy, areas such as travel and transport, ethical procurements, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and raising environmental awareness are all documents that Green Chief can help with producing.
If your event or festival organisation errs on the side of light green, suggesting small changes such as promoting the use of public transport to work, car sharing and ‘switch off and save’ energy efficiency ideals make a good starting point.