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Member Spotlight: Katja Schmidt from Potters Hand Activations

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 Katja Schmidt, the founder and managing director of Potters Hand Activations, an event activations agency that has a strong social upliftment ethos.   Q: WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START TO INVEST IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS THROUGH POTTERS HAND ACTIVATIONS? A: As a company we felt that we wanted to give something back to our nearby community and m
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Event Greening Forum announces new membership structure

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) has simplified and fine-tuned its existing membership structure to better serve its membership base. Greg McManus, the EGF Chairperson, says, “Our new membership categories should enable easier access to the EGF for a variety of organisations and bodies, including non-profits, while ensuring fair benefits and representation to all members.” He adds, “We are especially excited to offer an incentive for a whole group and its subsidiaries to join the EGF. For example,
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SAG-SEED Starter workshop in Cape Town

SEED in cooperation with SWITCH-Africa Green is hosting a SAG-SEED Starter workshop in Cape Town for future Entrepreneurs with business ideas in Eco-inclusive field. If you or anyone in your network of contacts is interested in coming up with their own eco-inclusive business and need expert support in developing the business model around the idea then do apply today for the upcoming SAG-SEED SEA Starter. Where: Cape Town, South Africa When: Workshop 1: 2-4 May  &  Workshop 2: 29-30 May Secto
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The EGF has appointed the University of Pretoria to conduct research

The Event Greening Forum has appointed the University of Pretoria to conduct research on the use, re-use and recycling practices of custom-built wood-based exhibition stands in South Africa and abroad. Read the article on why the EGF is doing this research. The research objectives of this study are: Determine international waste management practices for wood-based exhibition stands; Determine extent of custom-built stand production in South African exhibition industry; Describe the wood types an
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#CSRShareDay

Positive Impact is a not for profit that shares the Event Greening Forum’s vision for a sustainable events industry. Positive Impact provides education, resources and inspiration for its global community. One of it’s projects is the annual #CSRshare Day – a 24 hour conversation on Twitter about how we can #CollaborateForGood and create more sustainable events. This years event will take place on 23 April 2018. We will be hosting this conversation for an hour, from 10:00 to 11:0
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New EGF committee appointments announced

The new EGF committee held it’s first committee meeting on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. During the meeting the following members were elected to these positions: Chairperson – Greg McManus Vice Chairperson – Neo Mohlatlole Treasurer – Chad Botha Secretary – Lynn McLeod We’re glad to see a mix of people returning to roles which gives the organisation some continuity, as well as some new representatives coming forward with fresh ideas and suggestions. Click here to
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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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