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Green Events & Innovations 2014: EARLY BIRD & first speakers announced

GreenEventsLogo2013Green Events & Innovations Conference 2014

First Speakers Announced & EARLY BIRD until we say goodbye to 2013!

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A Greener Festival, Bucks New University and the Association of Independent Festivals will be presenting the sixth edition of GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on Thursday 6th March 2014. For the second time the Conference is being hosted at the International Live Music Conference, the world leading gathering of live music business professionals from around the globe. Green Events & Innovations remains the UK’s leading conference looking at sustainability at events.

As the industry’s response to environmental management matures, GEI will continue to demonstrate the latest solutions and technologies for practical event management. There is a crucial aspect of consideration in order for any practical solutions to be truly effective – and that is audience behaviour. This year the event will give greater focus to the psychology and sociology behind our behaviour, to seek more effective and sustainable collective action.

As ever, Green Events & Innovations will host speakers and panellists who are experts in their field and in event sustainability.


Making Waves: Can we eliminate disposable plastics from festivals?
Raw Foundation launch their guide to reducing plastics at festivals, accompanied by a panel of experts in just that! Case studies including Shambala’s “Bring A Bottle Campaign” and Open Air St Gallens’s ground breaking research into the question “Do re-usable cups really stack up?”

Melinda Watson (Raw Foundation), Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival), Chrisof Huber (Open Air St Gallen / Yourope), More TBC

Keynote: Alan Watson Featherstone, Executive Director, Trees for Life
In 2012 A Greener Festival teamed up with Trees for Life to launch the Festival Wood initiative, a grove planted thanks to the festival industry, for the purpose of reforesting the Caledonian Forest for ecological balance and biodiversity. Trees for Life’s outstanding record and ethos made them THE choice for collaborating on this project.

As well an impressive history in conservations and deep ecology stretching back to the 70’s, Alan has been the Executive Director of Trees for Life since its inception, and the charity has planted over 1 million trees to date, and has involved thousands of volunteers in its work. Trees for Life has received a series of awards, including the UK Conservation Project of the Year Award in 1991, the Millennium Marque Award, for environmental excellence for the 21st century, in 2000, and Top 10 Conservation Holidays worldwide in 2009. Alan has also been the recipient of a number of awards personally, including the Schumacher Award in 2001, the Spirit of Scotland Environment Award in 2012 and the Nature of Scotland Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013.

We are extremely happy that Alan can join us to deliver the keynote speech at this years GEI: View full biography here.

*Break out session* Greener Festival Award: Workshop for Assessors
This workshop will be hosted by Helen Innes (AGF), taking the AGF assessors through the process of Greener Festival Award applications. This is the chance for assessors to give feedback, gain knowledge and exchange good ideas.

*Break out session* Love Your Tent Audience Survey findings
In 2013 the first audience study regarding tents and camping equipment being left behind at festivals was conducted by founders of the Love Your Tent campaign Eco Action Partnership, Bucks New University and A Greener Festival. Here Teresa Moore (BNU) and Rick Storey (LYT / Eco Action Partnership) will launch the findings.

Further sessions & speakers TBA soon.

Tickets for the Conference (which include lunch, and a day of panels, keynotes and workshops) are £80, with a discount rate of £50 available for AIF Members, Yourope Members,  ILMC delegates and students.

If you are eligible for a discount contact for your discount code.


Spaces are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis!