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A Greener Festival, AIF and Bucks New University will be presenting the sixth edition of GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS at ILMC, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on Thursday 6th March 2014.
For the second time the Conference is being hosted at the International Live Music Conference, the world leading gathering of live music business professionals from around the globe. Green Events & Innovations remains the UK’s leading conference looking at sustainability at events.
As the industries response to environmental management matures, GEI will continue to demonstrate the latest solutions and technologies for practical event management. There is a crucial aspect of consideration in order for any practical solutions to be truly effective - and that is audience behaviour. This year the event will give greater focus to the psychology and sociology behind our behaviour, to seek more effective and sustainable collective action.
As ever, Green Events & Innovations will have speakers and panellists who are experts in their field and in event sustainability.
10:00 - 10:10 Intro & Welcome
Ben Challis (AGF / Glastonbury) & Teresa Moore (Bucks New Uni)
10:10 - 11:30 Making Waves: Can we eliminate disposable plastics from festivals?
Raw Foundation launch their guide to reducing plastics at festivals, accompanied by a panel of experts in just that! Case studies including Shambala’s “Bring A Bottle Campaign” and Open Air St Gallens’s ground breaking research into the question “Do re-usable cups really stack up?”
Chris Johnson (moderator: Shambala Festival), Melinda Watson (Raw Foundation), Chrisof Huber (Open Air St Gallen / Yourope), Clive Phillips (Greenbox Events)
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15 Keynote: Alan Watson Featherstone, Executive Director, Trees for Life
In 2012 A Greener Festival teamed up with Trees for Life to launch the Festival Wood initiative, a grove planted thanks to the festival industry, for the purpose of reforesting the Caledonian Forest for ecological balance and biodiversity. Trees for Life’s outstanding record and ethos made them THE choice for collaborating on this project.
As well an impressive history in conservations and deep ecology stretching back to the 70’s, Alan has been the Executive Director of Trees for Life since its inception, and the charity has planted over 1 million trees to date, and has involved thousands of volunteers in its work. Trees for Life has received a series of awards, including the UK Conservation Project of the Year Award in 1991, the Millennium Marque Award, for environmental excellence for the 21st century, in 2000, and Top 10 Conservation Holidays worldwide in 2009. Alan has also been the recipient of a number of awards personally, including the Schumacher Award in 2001, the Spirit of Scotland Environment Award in 2012 and the Nature of Scotland Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013.
We are extremely happy that Alan can join us to deliver the keynote speech at this years GEI: View full biography here.
12:15 - 13:00 - Challenging business models: The Impact and Opportunity of the Supply Chain
Events are often significant "buyers" and often "producers" of products due to brand and artist merchandise. It's a common practice that price is put before ethical and environmental impacts of the supply chain. Is this a cold reality, or is it economic sense, or is it misguidance? This session will give invaluable insight in to the issues and alternatives in the clothing and merchandise industries. Mart Drake-Knight of Rapanui Clothing will argue that sustainability and business are not compromises - they can in fact work together.
Mart Drake-Knight (Rapanui Clothing)
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 15:30 Panel: Impact and Challenges of Audience Behaviour
As practical solutions for environmental impacts of festivals have advanced, the potential glass ceiling of audience engagement has become ever clearer. In order to have truly effective sustainability it is essential for the audience to be participants. Our panel will explore the opportunities and challenges we face. Can our understanding of psychology aid efforts to improve not only our events impacts, but to have positive repercussions when people go home?
Teresa Moore (Bucks New Uni, moderator), Dr Guy Champniss, Juliet Ross-Kelly (Eco Action Partnership), Carlijn Lindemulder (ID&T, NL), Jacob Bilabel (Green Music Initiative)
15:30 - 15:45 - COFFEE BREAK
15:45 - 16:45 *Break out session* Greener Festival Award: Workshop for Assessors
This workshop will be hosted by Helen Innes (AGF), taking the AGF assessors through the process of Greener Festival Award applications. This is the chance for assessors to give feedback, gain knowledge and exchange good ideas.
15:45 - 16:45 *Break out session* Love Your Tent Audience Survey findings & European Tent Initiative
In 2013 the first audience study regarding tents and camping equipment being left behind at festivals was conducted by founders of the Love Your Tent campaign Eco Action Partnership, Bucks New University and A Greener Festival. Here Teresa Moore (BNU) and Juliet Ross-Kelly (Eco Action Partnership) will launch the findings.
Holger Jan Schmidt (Green Events Germany / Sounds for Nature) will update us about the European Tent Initiative from Yourope, Go Group and A Greener Festival, inviting your participation in this movement to correct the campsite waste problem.
16:45 - 17:25 Presentation: Behavioural Change - Towards a Sustainable Lifestyle
Dr Guy Champniss will present his research into audience behaviour, illustrating how this knowledge can help us to communicate more effectively with audiences and stakeholders.
Further sessions & speakers TBA soon.
More on the ILMC (7th – 9th March 2013) at www.ILMC.com
Tickets for the Conference (which include lunch, and a day of panels, keynotes and workshops) are £80, with a discount rate of £50 available for AIF Members, Yourope Members, ILMC delegates and students. If you are eligible for a discount contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your discount code.
Spaces are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis!
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A Greener Festival
A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.
They provide information, education resources and facilitate the exchange of good ideas. Their website provides information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently being employed at music and arts festivals and how the impact of festivals on the environment can be limited at future events. They do this by building an exchange of the best ideas from greener festivals around the world. Since 2007 AGF have run the Greener Festival Awards assessing and awarding festivals for their envronmental work in Europe, US, Canada, South Africa and Australia.