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Sustainable Event Management – a Practical Guide

Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide by Meegan Jones

Working for the past three seasons in the UK as Sustainability Co-Ordinator for Festival Republic, the producer of Latitude, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds Festivals, Meegan Jones has just launched her first book – a comprehensive guide on Sustainable Event Management.

This new step by step guide takes the reader through all the key aspects of how to understand and manage the impacts of events of any type and scale most places in the world. Coverage includes detailed discussion of energy, transport, water, waste management, procurement and supply chains as well as green communications and marketing.

Meegan has spent the past 20 years working in events, focusing in recent years on developing sustainability in event management. She has developed sustainability solutions at Peats Ridge Festival in Australia and worked on sustainability issues for Live Earth India and the London Marathon. Meegan is currently the global greening consultant for the next round of Live Earth events, is the events consultant for UK-based music industry climate impact organization Julie’s Bicycle and is on the working group for Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) events industry sector supplement. Meegan is also working with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on their new Music and Environment Initiative, to be launched in 2010.

Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide is published by Earthscan UK and can be purchased from the book’s website www.sustainableeventguide.com.

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Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide

Published December 2009 through Earthscan £29.95.

Every year events of every possible description are held around the world. Be they community events, large conferences, business meetings, religious celebrations or enormous music concerts, festivals, expos and sporting events, they all have a massive impact on our environment.

It could be said the most environmentally friendly event is no event at all. But that’s no fun. Public parties always have been and always will be a part of the human story. Yet those who stage events have a social and environmental responsibility to reduce their impacts. If all event professionals kept sustainability at the core of their planning and decision making, then the cumulative outcome across the globe would be impressive. But where do you start?

Written by a leader in the field, this new practical, step by step guide takes the reader through all the key aspects of how to understand and manage the impacts of events of any type and scale most places in the world. The product of tried-and-tested methods used across the event industry, coverage includes an overview of sustainable event management and detailed discussion of energy, zero emissions options, carbon management, transport, water, waste management and reduction, procurement and supply chains as well as communications and marketing.

Numerous examples and case studies from across the world are integrated throughout to illustrate key points including how to avoid common pitfalls. Festivals profiled and their systems revealed include the iconic and incredibly green Boom Festival in Portugal, desert-based Burning Man in Nevada USA, grandmother green event Glastonbury Festival, UK rock icons Reading & Leeds Festivals and the Danish over-achiever Roskilde Festival

Case studies and examples also come from leading Australian events including Peats Ridge Festival, Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, Southbound and the iconic Woodford Folk Festival. From the USA green ground is covered by Boonaroo, Rothbury and Coachella festivals, along with the recent US Democratic Convention.

Readers are provided with checklists for action as well as additional tools for measuring performance and assessing key sustainability indicators. The book is coupled with a companion website that provides further materials, case studies, contacts for suppliers, discussion groups and more.

This is the indispensable one-stop guide for facility and event organizers, managers and professionals, and event management students who want to adjust their thinking and planning decisions towards sustainability and who need a powerful, easy to use collection of tools to deliver their events sustainably.

www.sustainableeventguide.com