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The EGF – “We practice what we preach”

“The pressure is on,” admits Event Greening Forum (EGF) Chairperson Greg McManus. “That was always going to be the case, as we preach sustainable event practices and now we need to practice what we preach!” This is in reference to the EGF’s upcoming Master Class on Wednesday 10 July and Conference on 11 July 2019. Both events target the broader MICE events industry and their information-driven programmes will help attendees to learn practical ways to create more sustainable events. The EGF needs
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Green Tourism Incentive Programme

Dear Tourism Business Owner The Department of Tourism hereby wishes to inform you that a new application window for grant funding for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme and the Tourism Transformation Fund has opened from 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019. The Green Tourism Incentive Programme is a resource efficiency incentive with the objective to encourage private sector tourism enterprises to move towards the sustainable management of water and energy resources whilst adhering to responsible to
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Fighting climate change – one conference at a time

A 42kW solar power system installed almost two years ago on the Spier Conference Centre roof has resulted in significant energy savings, offsetting roughly 40% of the Centre’s annual power usage. Consisting of 156 panels, the system is also an important tool in our fight against climate change. “Carbon emissions from electricity generation is one of the biggest culprits responsible for global rising temperatures,” explains Spier’s General Manager, Joep Schoof. “Harnessing ample sunshine to
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Member Spotlight: Lorin Bowen from Lorin Bowen Business Events

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is making sustainable events a priority in their business practices. This month we want to introduce you to Lorin Bowen. It’s likely you know Lorin from her previous role as the SAACI GM, but a lot has happened since then and she now runs her own business providing conference, exhibition and event management services.   Q. IN TEN WORDS OF LESS, TELL US WHO LORIN BOWEN IS. The person INVOLVED in everything I set my min
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EGF Conference wins Silver

The Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2018 Conference and Master Class received a Silver African Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Market in Cape Town, on 10 April 2019. The award category is a new one – Best Sustainable Event, for which the EGF was acknowledged in the small event category. Justin Hawes, the Treasurer of the EGF, accepted the award and said, “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged in this way. As an organization that promotes sustainable event practices, it is imperative that
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Member Spotlight: Neo Mohlatlole from 7 Colors Communications

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 want to introduce you to Neo Mohlatlole, an entrepreneur who co-founded 7 Colors Communications and is an EGF Vice Chairperson (alongside Lisa Jade Kirkham). . Q: WHO IS NEO – AND HOW YOU CAME TO BE ON THE EGF’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE? Neo is an entrepreneur and greening enthusiast. I joined the EGF early on after it’s inception as a stand in for anot
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“Stop smacking the snooze button. Climate disruption is here.”

“Stop smacking the snooze button. Climate disruption is here. You need to know what to do,” says sustainability facilitator, greening specialist and climate change leader Lorraine Jenks. Having researched the impacts of climate change on events and tourism in Africa, Jenks is in a position to help you understand WHY climate change is having the effect it is, and also WHAT to do, WHEN to do it, and HOW to survive in the events industry. This invaluable knowledge is what she will share at the Even
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African Responsible Tourism Award Winners 2019

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve scoops the top spot in the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – the luxury lodge tucked between mountains, forest and sea just outside Gansbaai – was announced as the Overall Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2019. The announcement was made at a ceremony sponsored by Wesgro and held this afternoon at WTM Africa in Cape Town. Grootbos was selected to receive this acclaimed prize from among a field of s
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#CSRshareDay starts a global pledge for the event industry to be the driving force behind the solution, not the problem

On March 15th 2019, 1.5 million school students went on strike in a fight against climate change.  This #CSRshareDay, a day that recognises and celebrates Corporate Social Responsibility, the event industry has the opportunity to share their ideas on what the solution could be.  “This is a wake-up call for the event industry,” explains Fiona Pelham, Positive Impact CEO.  “I regularly hear industry professionals at high levels of influence say they do not have the time or budget
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EGF awarded Silver at the African Responsible Tourism Awards

The Event Greening Forum’s 2018 conference and master class was honoured to receive Silver for the Best Sustainable Event in the small event category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards  at World Travel Market Africa last night (10 April 2019). “As the Event Greening Forum, when we hold events we treat them as an opportunity to showcase simple and often low cost event greening measures that we believe are easily replicable for others in the industry,” says Lynn McLeod, the EGF Secretariat
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