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Executive Mayor of Tshwane inspires confidence in a greener future, at the EGF Conference

Councillor Solly Msimanga, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, officially opened the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) sixth annual conference on 14 June at the forum | white light. The EGF is a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable MICE events (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions), so Cllr Msimanga’s address outlining his plans to help position the City of Tshwane as a leading responsible event destination was warmly received. Cllr Msimanga explained that the City had already taken
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Conferencing with a conscience at The Maslow delivers clean cooking to communities

The Maslow in Sandton is making sound progress towards optimizing the eco-friendliness and resource efficiency of its conferencing facilities. As part of its efforts to achieve its green goal to be carbon neutral, The Maslow Sandton has partnered with GreenDreams, an initiative developed by Climate Neutral Group which helps hotels take action on climate change. At no additional cost to customers, The Maslow Sandton will offset the carbon emissions generated by the use of their meeting rooms and
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Entries now open for the World Responsible Tourism Awards

It’s that time of year again when you can apply for the World Responsible Tourism Awards. Considering that you have all worked so hard to become a part of Africa’s Most Responsible Tourism Portfolio, we suggest that you apply so that you can be recognised for your efforts! The winners will be announced at WTM London from 5 – 7 November 2018. The WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards are free to enter and are presented each year at WTM London, in front of an audience of 600 key i
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Please participate in our research – and help us create a more sustainable industry!

The Event Greening Forum has contracted the University of Pretoria to conduct research into the use of wood and wood products in the exhibition industry (read the announcement here). As part of this research, we need you to participate and share your experience and knowledge of this subject. You can do this by completing the appropriate survey below. It should take roughly 13 minutes. Thank you in advance for your time and contribution! You are helping us to create a more sustainable events indu
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One future outcome every event can (and should) plan for

  The term “future-proofing” was first used in the electronics industry. It describes a design goal to make software, computers and other electronics usable long after they’re sold, despite the constant improvements and developments that technology undergoes. Since then other industries have picked up the term, as they recognise the need to anticipate threats, trends and opportunities to make sure they stay relevant in the marketplace. The problem While future-proofing can seem quite daunti
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Member Spotlight: Grace Stead from Steadfast Greening

Every 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 sustainability consultant and the founder of Steadfast Greening – Grace Stead. . Q. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START TO DEVELOP AN AWARENESS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY, AND A DESIRE TO CHAMPION IT THROUGH YOUR WORK? While working as a town planner for the municipality, I was asked to coordinate the Local Agenda 21 Program, which is the UN program
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Bookings open for the Event Greening Forum’s 2018 Conference & Master Class

. Registration is now open for the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2018 Conference on 14 June and Master Class on 13 June 2018, both at the forum white light in Lanseria, Johannesburg. The EGF is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainability across the events industry. This year, the theme for its annual conference is “Future-proofing your business”, and tackles how to develop long-term sustainability in the face of future challenges such as climate change and limited resources. Programme
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Member Spotlight: Karen Heron from Earth Probiotic

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 Karen Heron, who co-founded and manages Earth Probiotic Recycling Solutions with her husband Gavin. . Q: WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START TO DEVELOP AN AWARENESS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY – AND A DESIRE TO CHAMPION IT? A: It all started when Gavin, my partner and husband, bought me a worm farm for my birthday. This was great, and I still have one, but
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Scan Display Cape Town’s new water-wise plant nursery

Sustainability is a journey, and one that exhibition and event display specialist, Scan Display, has embraced. Its most recent project to promote greening has been the Cape Town branch’s installation of its own plant nursery which exclusively stocks water-wise, non-invasive plants. One of the company’s exhibition designers, Jacob van Zyl, drove the implementation process. He says, “The idea behind this is to promote the use of water-wise plants in our exhibition stand and display designs, and we
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5 South African exhibition companies sponsor research for the industry

Five South African exhibition suppliers have committed to sponsor research into the use of wood and wood products in exhibitions, with a specific focus on how much of this material is used, how it is disposed of as waste, and how it can be used more responsibly. This move, of a few companies funding a project for the greater good of the industry, is unprecedented, and indicative of a growing conviction among business that more needs to be done to promote responsible practices within the industry
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