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:
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.