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Member Spotlight: Vineyard Hotel

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 the Vineyard Hotel, a 4 star deluxe hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. The Vineyard Hotel was one of our very first members, and over the years it has continued to impress us with the ongoing implementation of sustainable practices. It is a certified member of Fair Trade in Tourism and has won numerous awards for its environmentally responsible p
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The dangers of adding a ‘green sheen’ to your marketing

“It is no longer enough to just add a ‘green’ spin to your press release or marketing. Having knowledge of environmental related issues and processes, and the verifiable evidence to back up your environmental claim, is imperative,” asserted Angela Barter, a Sustainable Communication PR practitioner who spoke at the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2017 Conference. When companies fail to do this, they are guilty of ‘greenwashing’ – which is defined by Greenpeace as “the act of misleading consumers re
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Scan Display’s solution to Cape Town water shortages

Cape Town’s population has grown by 55% since 1995, while dam storage has only grown by 15% in the same period, reports the news agency GroundUp. So while Cape Town has previously experienced lower levels of rainfall compared to the past two years, the pressure the city is under to supply water is greater than ever before. Add to this the likelihood that climate change is impacting rainfall patterns, and increased water scarcity is most likely going to be the new normal in this region. In light
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Understanding the AAXO Green Show Awards scoring

If you have organised, or are organising, an exhibition in 2017 that has incorporated sustainable strategies, you can enter it for an AAXO ROAR Award under the Green Show category. This is a great opportunity to showcase your event greening and gain recognition for it! If your show took place between January and September, your entry needs to be in by 31 October. Shows held from October onwards have 30 days to submit in, and all entries must be in by 15 December. Applications can be done online
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EGF to fund research into lifecycle of wood at exhibitions

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) is in the process of contracting an independent researcher to investigate the life cycle of wood in the South African exhibition industry. Greg McManus, the EGF Chairperson, says, “Wood and wood products remain a staple material in the event and exhibition industry. It is used for everything from displays and exhibition stands, to floors, platforms and staging. Yet, it also represents a large component of event waste streams and even unnecessary cost to clien
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Member Spotlight: ReSource Design

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 ReSource Design, an exhibition and retail design specialist whose eco-conscious philosophy runs throughout their business, from how they operate to the materials they work with.   Q: WHAT IS RE-SOURCE DESIGN DOING TO BE SUSTAINABLE? A: The only way to be sustainable is by making it a way of life. We do not complicate this or go to elabo
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Africa Expo-sing Sustainable Materials

Nestled below the foothills of the world renowned Western Cape Wine Region is a little known company manufacturing a world benchmark in sustainable materials. Engineered fibre board (EFB) is the light weight, non toxic and sustainable substitute for MDF, particle board and plastics currently used in most exhibition halls globally. In October this wonder-board will be expo-sed at SGIA in New Orleans, 10 -12 October 2017. Xanita chose this prestigious event, as it provides ‘’professionals with the
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Navigating the muddy waters of carbon offsetting

“Carbon offsetting must be seen as a final step in the journey of any sustainable event, and not the ‘fix-all’ that it seems to be regarded as.” – Greg McManus Carbon offsetting is a popular way to achieve a carbon neutral status for a company, event, product or service. It involves buying carbon credits to ‘cancel out’ one’s greenhouse gas emissions –emissions that are causing global warming. However, is it really an authentic way to pursue sustainability? This question was raised a
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Sustainable events are non-negotiable

In her official opening address for the Event Greening Forum (EGF) 2017 Conference, on 27 July at Valverde Eco Hotel, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said sustainability within the business events industry is no longer negotiable and outlined a strategy to promote it. Kotze-Nhlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer for South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), an organisation under the umbrella of South African Tourism (SAT). SANCB is tasked with growing the business events industry (also known
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EGF’s Treasurer scoops 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Neo Mohlatlole, Business Development Director at Seven Colors Communications, as one of the five talented exhibition professionals from around the world who won the 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant. “It is exciting to have been chosen as one of the winners,” Mohlatlole said. “As a South African, it’s an honour to be given an opportunity to represent my country – especially because we have been doing well in terms of attra
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