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Understanding the AAXO Green Show Awards scoring

If you have organised, or are organising, an exhibition in 2017 that has incorporated sustainable strategies, you can enter it for an AAXO ROAR Award under the Green Show category. This is a great opportunity to showcase your event greening and gain recognition for it! If your show took place between January and September, your entry needs to be in by 31 October. Shows held from October onwards have 30 days to submit in, and all entries must be in by 15 December. Applications can be done online
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EGF to fund research into lifecycle of wood at exhibitions

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) is in the process of contracting an independent researcher to investigate the life cycle of wood in the South African exhibition industry. Greg McManus, the EGF Chairperson, says, “Wood and wood products remain a staple material in the event and exhibition industry. It is used for everything from displays and exhibition stands, to floors, platforms and staging. Yet, it also represents a large component of event waste streams and even unnecessary cost to clien
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Member Spotlight: ReSource Design

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is making noteworthy achievements in their event greening efforts. This month we feature ReSource Design, an exhibition and retail design specialist whose eco-conscious philosophy runs throughout their business, from how they operate to the materials they work with.   Q: WHAT IS RE-SOURCE DESIGN DOING TO BE SUSTAINABLE? A: The only way to be sustainable is by making it a way of life. We do not complicate this or go to elabo
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Africa Expo-sing Sustainable Materials

Nestled below the foothills of the world renowned Western Cape Wine Region is a little known company manufacturing a world benchmark in sustainable materials. Engineered fibre board (EFB) is the light weight, non toxic and sustainable substitute for MDF, particle board and plastics currently used in most exhibition halls globally. In October this wonder-board will be expo-sed at SGIA in New Orleans, 10 -12 October 2017. Xanita chose this prestigious event, as it provides ‘’professionals with the
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Navigating the muddy waters of carbon offsetting

“Carbon offsetting must be seen as a final step in the journey of any sustainable event, and not the ‘fix-all’ that it seems to be regarded as.” – Greg McManus Carbon offsetting is a popular way to achieve a carbon neutral status for a company, event, product or service. It involves buying carbon credits to ‘cancel out’ one’s greenhouse gas emissions –emissions that are causing global warming. However, is it really an authentic way to pursue sustainability? This question was raised a
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Sustainable events are non-negotiable

In her official opening address for the Event Greening Forum (EGF) 2017 Conference, on 27 July at Valverde Eco Hotel, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said sustainability within the business events industry is no longer negotiable and outlined a strategy to promote it. Kotze-Nhlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer for South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), an organisation under the umbrella of South African Tourism (SAT). SANCB is tasked with growing the business events industry (also known
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EGF’s Treasurer scoops 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Neo Mohlatlole, Business Development Director at Seven Colors Communications, as one of the five talented exhibition professionals from around the world who won the 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant. “It is exciting to have been chosen as one of the winners,” Mohlatlole said. “As a South African, it’s an honour to be given an opportunity to represent my country – especially because we have been doing well in terms of attra
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Get your Eco Groove on: a conference with a difference

If you recognise the need to stay abreast of the latest sustainability trends and developments in the events industry, then the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) annual one-day conference and Master Class is for you. This year’s programme will help PCOs, DMC s, exhibition and event organisers, suppliers and venues work more sustainably. The conference will include up-to-date content. “People are tired of hearing about greening. We want to show that it isn’t a hackneyed topic. If anything, the opposit
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Event Greening Forum conference to be held at ‘green’ venue

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 practice
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SA cities first to represent Africa on the GDS-Index

Durban, Cape Town and Tshwane are the first African cities to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), an innovative new measure for the level of sustainability that cities can offer to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) industry. Only 35 cities from five continents participated in the first GDS-Index, which launched internationally in 2016. The early adoption of the index by these cities is testimony to South Africa’s commitment to making
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