#MeetingsAfrica2019 Green Stand Award winners

Originally published in the Meetings Africa Daily News – Issue 3,  27 February 2019.
The Meetings Africa 2019 Green Stand Awards seek to recognise the most sustainable stands at the events’ exhibition. The stands are judged against the Event Greening Forum (EGF) award criteria including design, materials, operations, transport, communication, beyond green and innovation.
Exhibitors were afforded the opportunity to participate in the competition by showcasing their stand at the exhibition, submitting a written motivation prior to the judging that articulates why their stand is the greenest and demonstrating knowledge about the greening principles and practical implementation thereof. The panel of judges included professionals with event greening experience. An independent moderator also formed part of the team.
The following stands were recognised as the greenest stands at the exhibition and received awards in their respective stand size categories:

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Small Stand
Winner: Resource Design
Runner Up: Two Oceans Aquarium
The winning stand innovatively made use of independently certified Xanita Board made from recycled cardboard as well as printed fabric. They had no printed collateral gave sustainable gift options including bamboo straws, seed coasters, and memory sticks with information. The staff could engage around their sustainability principles.

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Medium Stands
Winner: Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC)
Runner Up: Legend Hospitality Group
The winning stand embraced greening principles in the procurement process while engaging with stand designers. They used natural materials that were compact and light weight for lower impact on transport related emissions. The fabric banners will be repurposed into drawstring bags and used as corporate gifts. They had locally made gifts and provided their collateral electronically.
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Large Stand
Winner: Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau
The winning stand continue to keep ahead with creativity, trends and sustainability principles. The modular stand materials, comprised of a mix of Xanita board, wood, and steel frames has been used at 12 events over the last 3 years. They have messaging about the sustainability of their stand is visible to visitors and the exhibition team is knowledgeable about greening and the value thereof.
Overall, It’s encouraging that the majority of stands at the expo have adopted the use of more sustainable materials including printed fabric, Xanita Board and untreated wood. All in all, the stands were interesting and engaging. A significant majority of the stands have also used LED lights. More involvement of local communities was also prevalent this year and trees and RECs were purchased for off-setting.
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