Much of the progress made in terms of greening South Africa’s events can be attributed to a number of green certification bodies, which work tirelessly to promote the importance of sustainability. However you need not rely on (or even choose) a venue with green certifications.
Here are a few simple steps that can help to ensure that your event makes as little impact as possible on the environment:
Recycle visibly. Have separate bins for waste so that delegates are educated about recycling and ensure that the host venue reduces, reuses and recycles wherever possible as part of your event contract.
Plan meals that use locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, and try to introduce some vegetarian meals.
Choose a hotel that is within walking distance from the meeting venue and close to mass transit points.
Try to meet in a well-ventilated, naturally lit venue to cut down on the energy needed for air conditioning and lighting.