Sustainable Events are becoming commonplace nationally and globally, as public expectation increases for lower carbon emissions and less environmental impacts. A sustainable event can provide a better experience for patrons and demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability. All areas of event management provide opportunities to make environmental and cost savings.
The EPA Division has established a short checklist of ideas for event organisers (see Sustainable Event Guidelines) to assist with planning and holding sustainable events in Tasmania.
Some possible actions that could be incorporated include:
- Choose the right site e.g. select a venue with natural features like windows for ventilation and lighting, or a site with easy access via public transport
- Influence your supply chain e.g. talk to your suppliers about recycled-content, and recyclable materials and packaging, then factor appropriate clauses into contracts.
- Promote sustainably e.g. communicate electronically, print sustainably, re-use promotional materials like banners where possible
- Reduce waste e.g. by recycling as much as possible, investigate potential to compost organic waste, or arrange collection of unwanted usable food for charities
Event organisers in Tasmania are recommended to contact the relevant local Council Environmental Health Officer regarding Public Health Act Public Event licensing requirements.