The following documents are downloads from various websites made available here for easy reference.  We would like to thank and acknowledge the various sources.

Responsible Tourism Handbook (2003)

This handbook uses South Africa’s National Responsible Tourism Guidelines as a basis for providing practical examples and tips on how to operate more responsibly. It is aimed at owners and operators of tourism establishments e.g. hotels, B&Bs, guest lodges, game lodges and tented camps, self-catering resorts, cultural villages and other establishments. (1.82 MB) Click here to download: Responsible-Tourism-Handbook.

Eco Chef: Sustainable Foodservice Evaluation Checklist (2013)

A quick check-list by which to assess the sustainability of a foodservice’s practices, and covering aspects such as the food, the packaging, the preparation tools, communication and fiscal responsibility. Download the pdf here. (327 KB)

Resource Directory: Sustainable Materials for Stand Building (2012)

EDPA, the Exhibit Designers + Producers Association, is an American association. Over the past two years their Green Committee has been compiling a database of environmentally friendly stand-building materials, which are listed in this EDPA ResourceDirectorySustainable Materials spreadsheet, with a product description and their benefits and limitations. (124KB)

Greenwashing (37 pages, 2012)

A presentation on greenwashing, which Grace Stead from Steadfast Greening presented at Markex 2012 on the behalf of the Event Greening Forum.

Download the pdf with this link: Greenwashing (2.6MB)

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South African National Standard: Responsible Tourism Requirements (13 pages, 2011)

This South African standard was approved by National Committee SABS TC 228, Tourism and related services, in accordance with procedures of the SABS Standards Division, in compliance with annex 3 of the WTO/TBT agreement. The SANS 1162 can be purchased off the SABS webstore.

Green Events Guidelines (68p, 2012)

This handbook, sponsored by the Gauteng Tourism Authority, is aimed at industry role players and provides practical information for hosting events in a more sustainable manner. It includes a range of interesting case studies from Gauteng as well as additional resources. For your own copy of the handbook click here.

The Green Event Guideline Hosting Green Events in Durban (36p, 2011)

This publication has been prepared through the Greening COP 17/CMP 7 programme, which is aimed at hosting the COP 17 / CMP7 event in an environmentally sustainable way and to ensure that a positive legacy is achieved. EThekwini Municipality’s Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department is responsible for implementing certain components of this greening programme, including this publication. This document can be downloaded as a pdf with this link: Green Event Guideline Hosting_Green Events in Durban 2011-2012 (1.94MB)


Smart Events Handbook – City of Cape Town (51p, 2010)

This handbook was developed to address South African needs, while taking international best practice into consideration. It provides local examples and resources that are applicable to event organisers, venues, suppliers and sub-contractors. The book is divided into four sections considering what, why and how, as well as providing resources. The handbook is a legacy project of Green Goal 2010 of the FIFA World Cup and forms part of the Smart Living Series which can be downloaded from

Nedbank Green Event & Catering Guide

Nedbank Green Event & Catering Guide

The objective of this short and easy-to-use guide it to give event organisers guidelines on running earth- and eco-friendly events. Click here to download it.

Green Meetings Report (2004)

In 2003, the Convention Industry Council’s Green Meetings Task Force was charged with creating minimum best practices for event organizers and suppliers to use as guidelines for implementing policies of sustainability. The results of the Task Force’s work are a series of guidelines for event organizers and event suppliers on running environmentally friendly events. Those guidelines are available in this report.


SAACI slideshow presentation – Justin Hawes (24p, 15 – 17 August 2010)

The SAACI National Conference was held in Durban from the 15 to 17 August 2010. Justin Hawes was a guest speaker for the topic of Climate Change and Greening. Download the presentation here.

Gautrain Bus (2010)

For safe, clean and reliable public transport in Johannesburg, catch the Gautrain buses. Download the timetable here.

Green Goal – Oeke Institute (2007)

In June and July 2006 the world experienced a breathtaking football festival, and for the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup the environment was on the programme. With Green Goal, an innovative and ambitious environmental programme was successfully carried out at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, which pursued new paths for large sporting events. The full 2006 Green Goal Legacy Report was compiled by the Oeke Institute. Download report here.

One Planet Events by WWF (24p)

Events such as conferences, galas, dinners, meetings have an impact on the environment through the resources consumed directly (electricity, water, food, etc) and indirectly (energy and Co2 related to transport to the events, etc), as well as the waste created immediately and on the longer term (dishes, equipments, paper, etc). All these elements compose the ecological footprint of an event. Environmental considerations have to be taken into account before, during, and after the events. This document aims at providing tools for events organizers / managers to reduce their events’ ecological footprint. It is divided in two sections:
1. Questionnaire for venue’s managers
2. Check list for One Planet Events.
For more information on the concept of One Planet Living please visit

Accommodation questionnaire

This accommodation questionnaire can be sent out to potential accommodation venues so that they can provide you with information to help you in your decision making process. The questionnaire includes different questions relating to environmental activities at the venue in a easy tick box system, but also allows for supporting documentation to ensure credibility of the process. Please send us your comments and feedback if you have used it. Download questionnaire here.


Recycling of Packaging in South Africa (12p, 2009)

This useful guide was compiled by the Packaging Council of SA and provides why it is important to recycle and what you need to do. It provides information relating to cans, paper, plastic, glass and tetra pak, with contact details for the main industry role players. For more information and other related guidebooks please visit

General Environmental Management

General Environmental Management (16p, 2008)

This document has been compiled by GreenStaySA with a focus on the South African hospitality industry to provide guidance around general environmental management issues. It touches on issues of environmental policy, carbon footprint, environmental management systems and staff related issues. For more information and other related guidebooks please visit the GreenStaySA website (

Green Event Check List

Green Events Checklist (2p, 2008)

This is a very brief and useful document, with additional website references, which was compiled by The World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Green Meeting Guide-Un

Green Meeting Guide – UN (72p, 2009)

This guide was prepared by ICLEI under the supervision of the UNEP Division for Technology Industry and Economics (DTIE) in 2009. This guide focuses in particular on the most common type of meetings within the UN: small and medium sized meetings with up to 200 participants. It will be updated over time and can also be downloaded from

Green Meeting Guide 07 Canada

Green Meeting Guide Canada (54p, 2007)

This Canadian guide is a practical reference tool for anyone faced with the task of organizing a meeting or conference with the aim of making the event environmentally responsible. It provides information on how to incorporate environmental concerns at every stage of an event. Download guide here.

Green Meeting Toolkit

Green Meeting Toolkit GMIC (35p, 2007)

This document includes a variety of useful tools such as guidelines, checklist, interesting facts, as well as reference material relating to accommodation, exhibitor info, printing and some presentations. It provides guidance on getting started and preparing checklists. Download here.


Greening the Audio Visual Staging Company (8p, 2007)

The policy of best practices for sustainability is written as a basic guideline for the audiovisual staging industry. It focuses on indoor events such as meetings, seminars, conferences, etc. Download here.


Guide to green meetings and events US (12p, 1996)

This guide provides information gathered from organizers of environmentally aware meetings and special events in the USA. It is intended to heighten the environmental consciousness of event planners and demonstrate the advantage of conducting environmentally aware events. Download here.


Six sins of Greenwashing (15p, 2007)

Greenwashing is the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. When promoting something as “green” it is also important to understand what green is, or is not. This provides some guidance on this topic. Download here.


Sustainable Celebrations (36p, 1999)

This guide aims to assist with the implementation of sustainable celebrations in a practical way and was developed by the Barcelona Municipality, Spain. Color coded sections provide information on waste reduction, energy efficiency, transport, safety, communication and education. It includes a glossary and other interesting websites. Download here.


The Story of Stuff (20min, 2007)

This movie is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, with a special focus on the United States. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us to create a more sustainable and just world. For more info visit

Meetings Africa 2017 :  How sustainability translates into the business events industry

This document combines the research findings from GMIC, Meetings Today and the Exhibitor Magazine. Download the document here