EGF 2017 Conference

About the Conference

The fifth Event Greening Forum (EGF) Conference will take place on 27 July 2017 at Valverde Eco Hotel in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

The Forum’s first stand-alone conference took place at Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in July last year, and was a resounding success. This year’s conference aims to inspire and equip business leaders to pave the way for a better, more sustainable future. It will delve into issues surrounding carbon offsetting, the risks of greenwashing, and business best practices, as part of the theme “Sustainability: The Business Case”.

Who should attend?

Event Suppliers & Services: Venues; Exhibition Organisers; Transport; AV & Production; Marketing & Communications; Food & Beverage and Marketing, Procurement & Event Managers: Corporate; Association & Public sectors and Convention Bureaus.


Angela 2Angela Barter, CPRP, Sustainable Communication Strategist

Angela is a PRISA (Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa) Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP), with more than 18 years of experience. She holds a PGD in Environmental Management from Stellenbosch University and a GCX qualified residential eco-auditor and carbon footprint analyst certificate.  She is a highly-regarded public speaker at public relations and sustainability events including speaking at the World PR Forum in Madrid, Spain (2014) and more recently, Toronto, Canada (2016). Angela has written numerous articles featured in a range of media including her contribution to the Handbook of Public Relations (10th Edition) by Skinner, Mersham & Benecke.  Her work in the field of Sustainable Communication is grounded in a solid background in classic PR practices and a sound insight into social, economic and environmental sustainability.

GavinGavin Heron, Co-founder of Earth Probiotic

Gavin co-founded Earth Probiotic with his wife Karen in 2010.  Earth Probiotic focuses on the on-site composting of food waste and since 2010 has developed scalable food waste composting solutions — all South African developed and manufactured — Bokashi composting, in-vessel composting technologies, and vermicomposting.  Gavin is an ex-advertising executive who now, instead of selling rubbish, recycles it into soil food.



SGSimon Gear, Kijani Green

Simon is a broadcaster, writer and environmental scientist with two decades of experience. He is the bestselling author of Going Green and has contributed to a wide range of magazines, textbooks and website blogs. He has lectured extensively on South African Environmental Impact Assessments, Air Quality and climate change to business schools, universities and industry bodies


MLMarco Lotz, Nedbank Group Limited 

Marco Lotz holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (chemical), a master’s degree in the modelling of process systems with genetic programming (chemical engineering) and a PhD in engineering management. Marco started his career in 2006 and consulted to a wide variety of industries, including steel and cement manufacturing and preciousmetal mining and processing, where he was involved in numerous carbon reduction projects.  He joined Nedbank in 2010 and was appointed as the Nedbank Group Sustainability Carbon Specialist. Marco is an associate researcher at the Tropical Research Institute in Portugal, acts as a contributor for various well-known carbon publications and as external review expert for selected academic and other publications.


Master Class Outline:

The  Master Class  will focus on planning, managing and reporting on sustainable events.  We will be unpacking the process that PCO’s and other conference and meeting planners will need to follow when organising and holding greener events.  The session will look in depth at:

  • Developing a Sustainable Event Vision Statement
  • Identifying and contracting sustainable services and products
  • Planning for sustainability
  • Marketing your sustainability vision
  • Managing a green event – the A-Z
  • Monitoring and mitigating impacts
  • Reporting on sustainability
  • Offsets and carbon neutrality in eventing

The session will be focused around the EGF standards but designed to provide practical solutions designed to meet the standard.

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