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Sustainable Event Planning Guide

Pre-Event Planning

1. Identify a few Key Areas with the highest impact to focus on.

Start with a good understanding of your event and areas where resources maybe intensive, over-used or wasted.

If you are new to sustainability, try not to take on every area of resource or waste. It can be a daunting task. Instead, shortlist a few areas that are the biggest impacts in your event and focus on these e.g. Food &  Beverage, Banners & Printed Materials, Displays/Deco, Energy, Water, Waste.

For example, if catered food is the highlight of your event or festival, go to the Food & Beverage Key Area, and explore the various ways you can reduce the impact.  Read how Ridge View Residential College (NUS) minimised their catering impact here.

If your event has volunteers and you want to provide volunteer T-shirts, consider printing organic cotton T-shirts to minimise your environmental impact. Better yet, do away with T-Shirts that get used only for one event. Read about the negative effects of cotton here.