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Zero increase on the EGF’s membership fees for 2020

For the third consecutive year, the Event Greening Forum is NOT increasing its annual membership fees. “We know that many businesses are finding our current economic climate quite challenging, and, although our membership fees are nominal, we do not want to deter anyone from renewing their membership or joining the EGF,” says Greg McManus, the EGF Chairperson. All current members will have an automatic membership renewal unless a written resignation email is received. Membership invo
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TEDxCapeTownWomen is going waste free

“TEDxCapeTownWomen 2019 is the most magnificent gathering of people who are shining a light on others in their communities. These bearers of bold and brilliant light are not just the speakers, but the coaches, the volunteers, and our partners,” says TEDxCapeTownWomen Curator Nwabisa Mayema. On Saturday, 7 December 2019, TEDxCapeTownWomen is back with the annual, highly-anticipated speaker event and will be exploring the theme: Bold+Brilliant. TEDxCapeTownWomen is featuring six fearless, br
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The CPA requirements of fair, just & reasonable terms & conditions

This is Part 5 in a 6 part series. If you haven’t yet read the other parts, you can do so here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. This aspect is dealt with in Chapter 2 Part ‘G’ of the CPA. I will focus on what I believe to be the three key sections (i.e. 48, 49 & 51) for the purposes of greenwashing. At the outset I must remind you to bear in mind section 22: ‘Plain language‘ and the repeated use therein of the words ‘visual representation‘ –
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The EGF’s networking event brings social sustainability to life

The Event Greening Forum hosted an educational networking event at Foakes Coffee Roastery and Bakery, in Victoria Yards, Johannesburg, on Thursday 24 October 2019. The main theme of the afternoon was social sustainability – an often overlooked aspect of sustainable event management. “One of the central purposes of the EGF is to educate the industry on how to host sustainable events successfully,” says Lynn McLeod, the Secretariat of the Event Greening Forum. “At our events we aim to do this both
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EGF Member Spotlight: BARSA Aviation Summit 2019

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is doing great work in the field of sustainability. However, this month we are changing things up a bit. Instead of profiling an individual from one of our member companies, we are profiling a green event that one of our member companies created: The BARSA Aviation Summit 2019, by the Board of Airline Representatives South Africa.     OVERVIEW Event: BARSA Aviation Summit 2019 Client: Board of Airline Representatives S
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Event greening Q&A

  Q. How do we make more convenient channels for people to recycle unavoidable waste? People may want to recycle but not know how, and if how they recycle is correct. The trick to a successful recycling set-up at your event is to make it as easy as possible to use. Some tips include: Have bins well positioned throughout the venue, so they are easily accessible everywhere. Ensure you cater for all types of waste wherever there are bins. For example, if you have waste and recycling, these two
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Compostable alternatives to plastic

In events, single-use or disposable plastics have been especially useful in offering convenience, speed, scale, hygiene and affordability. Think of an event with thousands of attendees, and how quickly and safely they can be catered for with pre-packaged meals, disposable cutlery in sterile packaging, and disposable coffee cups (made from paper, but lined in plastic so that your cup doesn’t get soggy). These are some of the reasons why ‘fantastic plastic’, until recently, has been so successful.
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EGF Member Spotlight: Greg McManus from Heritage

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is doing great work in the field of sustainability. This month we are putting the EGF’s Chairperson, Greg McManus, in the spotlight. Because although you know him as our Chairperson, you might not know a lot about him or his ‘real’ job!     Q. EGF MEMBERS KNOW YOU AS THE ASSOCIATION’S CHAIRPERSON, BUT I DON’T THINK THEY ALL KNOW WHAT YOUR ‘REAL’ JOB IS. PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU DO, INCLUDING SO
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The CPA requirements of fair & honest dealing

This is Part 4 in a 6 part series: click here to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. This aspect is dealt with in Part ‘F’ of the CPA. Whilst I will focus on only three sections (i.e. 40, 41 & 42) for the purposes of greenwashing, it is worth noting for your interest that this part has lengthy provisions pertaining to pyramid schemes (43), auctions (45) and a much debated consumer issue namely over-selling/booking, especially airlines (47). So what is ‘dealing’? It is not
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Event greening Q&A

  Q. What can guests do to calculate and reduce their carbon footprint from travel (flights) to and from events? How do we help guests reduce this? Event attendees can have a huge impact on the event’s carbon footprint, so it’s a great idea to educate them to make more responsible choices. For flights, encourage your attendees to fly economy class, take the most direct route and pack light. All of these actions lower their travel-related carbon footprint. You can also ask them to consider o
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