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Event excess

This article was written by Claudia Eicker-Harris, the Creative Director of EGF member Creative Directions. Click here to view their membership profile. I have been in the event industry for over 20 years and it is only now, in my mid-40s, that I have opened my eyes to the excesses that we, as event managers and producers, perpetuate. It might not be us directly, but we facilitate a massive amount of waste to which we turn a blind eye. Food, flowers, paper, plastic – we use and discard these thr
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Responsible event gifting with the Meetings Africa’s Sustainability Village

The problem Gifting for events is a challenge, largely because it generally leads to a bulk order of the same gifts which aren’t personal or to everyone’s taste. Additionally, large gift orders tend to depend on sourcing imported goods which can be obtained in large quantities, quickly, easily and at a low retail cost (but often a high environmental and social cost). The solution The Event Greening Forum (EGF) is a non-profit organisation promoting sustainability in the business events industry.
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Call for Applications open for SAG-SEED Replicator workshop

Do you want to set up your own eco-inclusive enterprise, but you are lacking a concrete business idea? Or do you want to refine your existing business model, but you still need some inspiration and expert guidance for the transformation process? Then, the SAG-SEED Replicator Workshop on 4 & 5 April 2018 in Cape Town is what you have been waiting for! The workshop inspires you with existing, successful business models from various countries. You will learn how to adapt them to your individual
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Event greening made easier, with the EGF’s new Supplier Database

One of the simplest and most effective ways to make your event more sustainable is eco-procurement: sourcing venues, products and suppliers which demonstrate environmentally and socially responsible practices. Which is why the Event Greening Forum (EGF) is launching a new Supplier Database for this specific purpose. This searchable database will feature listings from across South Africa. To give you an idea of the range of categories it will cover, a few examples include: carbon offset suppliers
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Member Spotlight: Chad Botha from Inspire Furniture

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 Chad Botha, the founder of Inspire Furniture Rental, a furniture rental company that services the events and exhibition industry and which has made a commitment to do business more sustainably.    Q: When and why did you start to develop an awareness about sustainability – and a desire to champion it? A: I have always been a green champ
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Celebrating the Meetings Africa 2018 Green Award Winners

Last night was the Meetings Africa 2018 Official Welcome Function and awards ceremony, where the Green Stand Awards and the Green Hotel Award were presented. A big congratulations to the following award winners: The Green Hotel Award The DaVinci Hotel and Suites The Green Stand Award – Small stands Winner – CSIR International Convention Centre Runner up – Faircity Hotels & Apartments The Green Stand Award – Medium stands Winner – Shai Boi Project Management Runner up – The Forum Special ment
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Meet the EGF’s new committee

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) held its AGM on Monday, 26 February 2018, at the Meetings Africa event pavilion in Exhibition Hall 2 of the Sandton Convention Centre. On the agenda was the election of new committee members for 2018. Aside from the EGF’s founding member associations who each have a reserved seat on the EGF committee, all other committee members are elected for a two year period. The two years are staggered so that each year half of the seven elected committee members stand down. T
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Environmental Sustainable Action and Community Development Conference/Do-ference

2018: Are you Actioning Sustainable Development within Communities? The vision for the city of Durban – By 2030 the eThekwini Municipality will enjoy the reputation of being Africa’s most liveable city, where all citizens live in harmony. This vision will be achieved by growing it’s economy and meeting people’s needs so that all citizens enjoy a high quality of life with equal opportunities, in a city that they are truly proud of. The call to action is for schools, univer
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SEED South Africa Symposium 2018

Boosting climate-smart enterprise solutions. The SEED South Africa Symposium 2018 (March 13-14th, Pretoria, The Capital Menlyn) is fast approaching. The World Bank Group with their programme infoDev Climate have become SEEDSAS18 Symposium Partner. InfoDev Climate helps high-growth, clean-tech companies commercialize and scale the most innovative private sector solutions to climate change. To do so the program for example establishes Climate Innovation Centers. This year’s SEED South Africa
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EGF 2018 AGM & Voting: A quick guide

The Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on Monday, 26 February (click here for the full details). As well as reporting back on the past year’s activities and finances, the AGM will hold elections for new Committee members for 2018. How the Committee is structured There are seven (7) elected positions on the EGF Committee, and each position holds office for a two (2) year period. These are staggered, so that in one year three (3) committee members will stand
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