Bags from Banners

Taking the initiative to store materials from last year’s event is providing organizations an opportunity to upcycle and resell unique products at their next event. Billboard Ecology are a company aiming to bring this vision to life by salvaging advertising billboards and creating individually styled tote bags along with other unique products. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, one of the USA’s top arts festivals, held every year in Denver, has embraced this initiative. Over the years the event coordinator has collected banners and through Billboard Ecology, they have been repurposed into beach bags, shopping totes, and unique Kindle covers. These were all sold within the festival in the merchandise stands alongside the usual t-shirts, water bottles, posters and other items. An added advantage of this re-purposing of products is that sponsors of the events get another chance at their logo being displayed on one of these creatively inspired new products. Other festivals embracing the idea of repurposing their event banners include Belmar Italian Festival and Starz Film Festival who each have created custom tote bags and wine bottle bags given out as gifts at VIP events....

Conference App: ‘Get Your Green On’

Footprint Management Systems, MeetGreen & QuickMobile This event experience was designed to overcome the challenge that event planners can only control so much of their footprint. It tested the theory that meeting planners could influence attendees to do simple, fun, sustainable actions using games and mobile technology. It also sought to prove that these actions could produce measurable footprint reductions, social good and improve the event experience. Although tested on a small scale meeting-style event, the concept has potential to influence significant change in behaviours by attendees at an event. A big benefit is the ability to track and measure actions and their impact. Read the details in their report....
Put delegate name badges on the drink!

Put delegate name badges on the drink!

A simple solution to both a name badges and committing to re-usable cups or bottles is to print delegate names on cups or bottles. Depending on the type of event and your budget, do it with a black marker, or get them professionally printed with event branding included. Or you can be as simple as printing a sticky label and just stick it on the cup!...

Encourage Green Delegates

Conferences can encourage delegate (and delegations of people) to become Green Delegates – asking them to take a number of actions to reduce their impacts on the event’s production. This could include choosing a green hotel, travelling from the airport by public transport or car pooling, offsetting air travel greenhouse gas emissions, bringing a refillable water bottle, refusing handouts at exhibitor stalls, walking from the hotel to the conference venue, and exchanging information electronically rather than handing out business cards....