New Conference Looks At New Ways To Green Events

By benchallis on 11 April 2011

We've been busy and having been giving presentations to conferences in Finland and Hungary - and about to go to Belgium - so we thought we would look at doing something on greening festivals back in good old Blighty! So now a host of most excellent and expert speakers and panellists have been announced for the Green Events And Innovations conference which will be held on Wednesday April 20th 2011 at Buckinghamshire New University, Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1JZ.

Leading the morning session on waste management  will be Andy Wilcott from Network Recycling and the morning sessions also include workshops with Helen Wright from A Greener Festival who will explain the Greener Festival Award scheme and there will also be a session led by Helen Heathfield from the music industry's initiative on climate change Julie’s Bicycle, which will be looking at measuring greenhouse gas emissions – and in particular the Julie’s Bicycle tools for measuring CO2 emissions.
In the afternoon, newly announced panellists include Lucy Brooking Clark (Glastonbury Festival), Andy Mead (Firefly Solar), Juliet Ross Kelly (Eco-Action Partnership / Isle of Wight Festival), Sam Jenner (Eco-Charge Technology) and Danny Newby (Big Green Coach) and Helen Heathfield who join Claire O’Neill (Association of Independent Festivals and AGF) and Teresa Moore (Bucks New University) on two panels looking at sustainable power at festivals and travel solutions. There will also be a keynote speech on the role of the arts in the fight against climate change.
The morning encompasses training sessions with presentations and workshops on sustainable events management. The afternoon will be a full conference for everyone interested in key innovations for sustainable events and greener festivals and closes with a drinks reception sponsored by Robertson Taylor insurance brokers who offer discount insurance for green events. The course is aimed at Event Managers and Organisers, Environmental Mangers working in the Events and Festival Industry, environmentally friendly suppliers and students who wish to learn more about Sustainable Event Management.
The conference fee (full day) is £75 per delegate or £50 for AIF members/students and includes a certificate of attendance in sustainable events management for full day attendees.

Please email agreenerfestival@aol.com for more details or book your place here.

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