The dates and venue for the seventh Event Greening Forum Master Class and Conference have been announced:
Master Class: Wednesday 10 July 2019, 12:00 – 17:00
Conference: Thursday 11 July 2019, 08:00 – 17:00
Venue: Hominin House, Maropeng, Cradle of Mankind
The theme is “Imagining a Different Future“, which could not come at a better time, as the 7.7 billion people on our planet begin to accept that climate change is a reality. However, climate change does not mean our fate will be a dystopian disaster. Instead, we can take action and steer our future in a brighter direction. These two events are a unique opportunity for the events industry to come together and start imagining what that future can, and should, look like. Be a part of the solution, and in the process ensure you have the skills to succeed in this new economy.
What attendees liked most about last year’s conference:
“The amazing speakers.”
“Varied content and interactive format. On time and well run – flowed”
“The open discussions and ability to share views and ask questions openly”
“The clean design, the honesty, the commitment to walk the talk”
“I loved all of it, and the very fresh ‘homegrown’ food”
“Education and networking”
Plus, over 90% of attendees rated the content as “excellent” or “very good”, while 70% would recommend it to a colleague.
Programme and speakers coming soon!
This year’s master class will be run by Lorraine Jenks, the founder of HotelStuff/GreenStuff. It is titled: “Climate change – a tale of two futures“.
She says; “With incidences of extreme weather making headline news, it is clear that climate change is here. We are not ready. The impact on all aspects of our lifestyles, tourism, hospitality and the events industry in Africa will be, and already is, profound.”
“Based on research in Africa, I will share actual climate disruptions experienced by people on the ground and offer solutions, preparedness, special training, adaptions and some of their tips for all aspects of the events industry. My presentation has no bewildering graphs and statistics but rather facts, solutions, advice and practical tips – factors attendees may not even have thought of – gleaned from those who have already been there.”
Lorraine’s workshop will cover:
- Briefly, the causes of climate change
- Mitigation – what should and can be done
- Current and anticipated impacts and disruptions – specifically considering impacts on transport, properties, venues, operations, products and food
- Planning and adapting – based on research in Africa
- Helpful resources
- Summary review of the topics as they apply to: (1) planning the event, (2) during the event, and (3) post event
Sustainability facilitator, greening specialist, climate change leader and ethical food activist – as a professional speaker, Lorraine advocates responsible management practices for the public and private sectors. A teacher by profession, her sustainability journey began in California in the 1970s, working with the infant EPA, then back home, she was Group Contracts and Procurement Manager for Africa’s largest hotel chain for 15 years. She went solo and trained under the UNEP’s Eco-Labelling Project, NCPC’s Clean Production Programme at the CSIR, Green Building Council’s Interior Design and Décor, Green Leaf Carbon Auditing and recently as an accredited Climate Reality Leader underformer Vice President of the USA, Sen. Al Gore.
Winner of 14 awards, with top honours for her six Green Home and Eco Hotel projects and a special interest in Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Impact of Climate Change on Tourism in Africa, International Ethical Food Trends as well as Waste Management in Hospitality, having assessed volumes based on Price Waterhouse research. With her indomitable team, she manages two leading online directories, consults and runs workshops throughout South Africa and as far afield as China, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – changing mind sets and management practices using passion, personality and humour to balance the seriousness of her topics.