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 and the person responsible for organising the conference and master class. “For example, we chose a venue (white light | the forum) with natural lighting, and which could create a sustainable menu sourcing all ingredients from within a 50km radius – including many from its own onsite vegetable gardens. The gifts were locally sourced from African Mama Crafts, a 100% black female owned local SME business which works with rural cooperatives to create employment opportunities where they are sorely needed. We reused our lanyards from the previous year. We had no bottled water, only jugs of water. No disposable service ware was used for the catering. And we didn’t have conference bags, swag or printed marketing materials.”
The 2019 EGF conference and master class will similarly embody the principles of event greening, building on the many sustainable benefits that Maropeng offers as a green venue.
The EGF would also like to congratulate it’s member, South Africa National Convention Bureau, who won the Best Sustainable Event in the large event category at the same awards.