1. Create targets
Start by setting specific, measurable, and attainable targets for making your event sustainable. These will allow for responsible actions throughout the event process.
2. Report on progress
Reporting on your progress toward your sustainability goals encourages communication and lets everyone know what’s needed to hit the target. After an event, let people know how successful your event was in terms of reducing your carbon footprint.
3. Choose a suitable venue
Choosing a venue with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability will make it easier to reach your goals. Look at issues such as waste practices, catering, and whether electricity is generated from renewable energy sources.
Traveling to and from events can produce high carbon costs. Opt for a venue in an accessible location and encourage your guests to use greener transportation, such as buses, car sharing, and trains, rather than carbon intensive flights. Alternatively, see if you can encourage the option of attending via videoconference.
5. Use Local Food Produce
Transporting food can cause huge greenhouse gas emissions, but by using local produce, the food miles can be significantly reduced. It can also help support local communities and showcase local foods.
6. Communicate sustainability
Use your event to raise awareness of climate issues. This will allow stakeholders to understand the impact of events on climate action and may lead to behavioral changes.