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Keeping it green

One way to make your event stand out from the rest and do its bit for the environment is by keeping it green. Events can impact the environment in various ways and many event organisers are embracing this view and incorporating different measures into their events to lessen the impact.

Reducing your environmental impact may be pretty daunting to start with, but with a little planning at the beginning you’ll be reducing your impact in no time.

Ways to go green

Try starting small with some of these suggestions:

Transportation

Bike, walk, run or carpool. Include information about bus routes with tickets or partner up with a company and offer discounts or freebies. Offer prizes at the gate for those carpooling.

Get online 

Ticketing and marketing online can be more affordable than getting items printed and has less impact on the environment. Think websites, social media, blogs and apps!

Keeping up with your suppliers

Work with your suppliers to ensure they are keeping the environment in mind too. You could also ask your suppliers how they plan to deal with their waste at the end of the event and whether they use recyclable products. Working with your suppliers early could mean less waste for you at the end of your event!

Recycling stations

Have recycling bins near your food stations or rubbish points to encourage the public to recycle.

Water

Events can use a lot of water, so consider putting water conservation messages up where water is used to remind everyone of your goals for your ‘keeping it green’ event.

Start thinking green

To get your mind on track, here’s some prompts for thinking green and identifying environmental impact areas:

  • Does your event have food vendors? Are they selling containers, bottles, cans or napkins with their products?
  • Do you have recycle bins near these areas for people to recycle?
  • Are these bins labelled clearly? And in the right place?
  • Is your event centrally located? Is there public transportation routes near your event site?
  • Can you encourage the public to use public transportation? How will you do this? Ticket discounts or website offers?

More resources

Depending on your event and its impact there are small steps and large steps that can be taken.

The Ministry for the Environment have published an in-depth piece called the Greener Events Guide, which includes practical steps for event organisers
to reduce impact in areas such as supplier contracts, transportation, waste, energy, water and recycling.

Check it out online at www.mfe.govt.nz for more ideas.

Waipa District Council also has a Waste Minimisation Fund which offers funding support to individuals, community and cultural groups, businesses and education centres who wish to engage in a waste minimisation project or event.

See www.waipadc.govt.nz/wasteminimisation for more info.

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