Buckinghamshire New University were hosts for the new Certificate in Sustainable Events Mangement, the first in a series of short courses promoting environmentally friendly events. The certificate, Partnered by Yourope, the European festivals organisation and A Greener Festival and supported by Julie’s Bicycle, brought together some of the leading advocates of sustainability in the music and events industry. and speakers on the one day course included Andrew Williams of Seventeen Events, Alison Tickell from Julies Bicycle, Penny Kemp, Director. Big Green Gathering, Sabine Funke, RhEINKULTUR and Ben Challis from A Greener Festival. Teresa Moore Head of Music & Entertainment Management at Bucks said “we see this course as an important step in supporting the work of many music festivals and events organisers, who are spearheading innovative solutions to ensure that their events are more sustainable. Topics covered included environmental law, traffic and transport, benchmarks and standards and planning sustainable events. Graduates from the first course included representatives from DF Concerts (T-in-The-Park), Ecoaction (who are working with the Isle of Wight Festival) Openair St Gallen (Switzerland), RhEINKULTUR (Germany) and the Glastonbury Festival.
Picture:Ben Challis gives a presentation on law and the environment