Anastasia Zotou

Consultant Location: ATHENS, GREECE Years experience in sustainable event practice: 3 Website: www.zoten.gr Email: info (at) zoten.gr Details of experience: I have been working on sustainable sports events since 2014 providing the organizing committee with the appropriate knowledge on how to reduce negative impacts as well as raising environmental awareness to all stakeholders and participants involved. I manage my own environmental consulting company ZOTEN in Athens, Greece but my activities are not limited to Athens as I travel to many areas of the country to consult on a variety of environmental issues. Sustainability in event management inspires me for many reasons: Firstly, as an environmental consultant I understand the necessity of reducing our negative impacts on our planet through any means or actions possible. Events are such an opportunistic way to reach and educate so many people and at the same time make a collective difference in event practices. Secondly, my experience with the Greek people organizing and participating in these events was extremely positive despite the difficult period (Capital Controls, economic crisis) as they were willing and enthusiastic about contributing to this cause. I found that their knowledge of event practices was limited, to say the least, but they were eager to learn. This gave me a lot of motivation and hope. Regardless of the difficulties they face, they are conscientious of the need to follow through with sustainable practices. Thirdly, I truly believe in the ‘triple bottom-line’ concept of maintaining a balance between ‘planet, people and prosperity’ which can be achieved through event greening. At the moment Greece needs inspiration and motivation to overcome all the issues it...

Jacqui Bonnitcha

Consultant Location: Sydney, Australia Years experience in sustainable event practice: 2.5 Website: www.edgeenvironment.com.au Email: jacqui.bonnitcha (at) gmail.com Details of experience: I am passionate about connecting sustainability to the overall event strategy in a focused and pragmatic way. I use sustainability methods such as life cycle assessment and sustainable procurement standards to ensure that resources expended have the greatest sustainability outcomes. I have expertise across energy efficiency, waste and procurement across all sizes of events, from local festivals to the Commonwealth Games. Qualifications/Degrees/Training: Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) to be completed in 2017 Trained in Social Return on Investment Master of Built Environment (Sustainable Development) Master of Development Studies Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) List of events and projects worked on: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival     Life Cycle Thinking of Beer Film by edge environment from Edge Environment on...

Lorenzo Orlandi

In-house Sustainability Manager Consultant   Auditor Location: Verona Italy Years experience in sustainable event practice: 2 Website: www.locom.it Email: lo (at) locom.it Linked IN: www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzoorlandi Details of experience: I've been working on sustainability projects as a professional consultant since 2012. My skills are related to marketing and communication project management, including stakeholder engagement projects. I manage my own company LOCOM, we are Partner of the LOVETHEPLANET business network, to develop Corporate Social Responsibility projects and services, and sustainability statements reporting since 2014. The Company business is focused over green marketing, sustainability report communication, stakeholder engagement and sustainable events management with ISO20121. In the last three years I have been involved with the Business Administration Department of the University of Verona teaching “Sustainable communication and ISO 20121 sustainable event management system”. I am working with Professor Paola Castellani, developing a research project work over “ISO 20121 criticality and benefits” involving three students in their university degree. Qualifications/Degrees/Training: Since the ISO20121 management system has been released I have been trained and certified as a sustainable project consultant and internal auditor 2014 BSI (British Standard Institution) “Sustainable events implementing and auditing” 2014 UNI (Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione) “ISO20121 Sustainable Event Management List of events and projects worked on: In the last years I have developed sustainability report communication projects for Public companies and stakeholder engagement projects for private companies. I have been ISO 20121 consulting and auditing manager for the International Festival “Tocatì“ in the last two editions: 2015 – 13° Tocatì Festival Internazionale dei Giochi in strada 2016 – 14° Tocatì Festival Internazionale dei Giochi in strada www.tocati.it Some numbers of the...

Crecilda van der Merwe

Consultant Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa Years experience in sustainable event practice: 10 Website: www.ncc-group.co.za Email: crecildavdm (at) ncc-group.co.za   Crecilda van der Merwe Details of experience: I started my career as an Environmental Consultant in 2008. Since then I have been assisting small to large events with planning, managing and mitigating their environmental impact. Many of the events we work with pass through National Parks and conservation areas which require detailed planning to ensure their sustainability for future events. Sustainability for me is a long standing relationship and journey with a team that has the same goal in being better, most importantly being better not just for themselves but for others too. It feels great helping a client achieve their plan of being able to recycle or benefit the local community or contribute towards conservation. Ensuring event sustainability is a way of life, not a tickbox that you file and say "its done". Qualifications/Degrees/Training: ND: Nature Conservation IEMA Foundation Course in Environmental Auditing (South Africa) Certificate: USB Executive Development LTD Project management course Certificate: Assessor and Facilitator Training List of events and projects worked on: Environmental management compliance monitoring on the following events: Absa Cape Epic 2010-2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour 2012-2016 Cape Town Marathon 2013-2016 Cape Town International Kite Festival 2013-2016 Moonstruck 2014-2016 Renewable Energy Festival 2013-2015 RedBull Lion Heart, Flugtag and King of the Air, Big Wave, Wings for Life events Two Oceans Marathon 2012-2016 Transcape MTB Tri-Rock Robben Island Triathlon 2012-2015 Ultra Trail Cape Town UCI World Championships and Marathon (Pietermaritzburg 2015) Wines2Whales Mountainbike 2010-2016...

Elina Levula

Consultant Trainer Auditor Location: Finland Years experience in sustainable event practice: 5 Website: visia.fi Email: elina.levula (at) visia.fi  Elina Levula Details of experience: I am a sustainability specialist from Finland. I have been working in various sustainability projects in event industry since 2008 in UK and Finland. I am also one of the founders of Visia Cooperative, which provides sustainability consulting services for events, companies, public organizations and NGOs. I have been lucky to be part of many different kind of events; music festivals, sports events, conferences etc. Latest new initiative that we created in Finland is Sustainable Meal concept, which helps event producers to manage sustainable catering and caterers to plan sustainable meals. It's sustainable and delicious! Qualifications/Degrees/Training: Master’s degree in Corporate Environmental Management (University of Jyväskylä), including minor studies in environmental science and major studies in tourism. List of events and projects worked on: I have worked as a volunteer, Sustainability Assistant and Sustainability Coordinator in sustainability projects at Latitude, Reading, Leeds and Big Chill festivals in the UK. I worked as a Project Planner and Project Coordinator at Greening Events project in Helsinki, Finland. The project lasted for 2,5 years and my duties included consulting and training event producers about sustainability issues and conducting local communications initiatives. The project piloted an environmental management system and environmental certification EcoCompass for events and event venues. Currently I am working in EcoCompass Event project in Finland. The project aims to make EcoCompass Event system a nationally available product for event and implements the environmental management system for significant Finnish events and venues. During these projects I’ve worked with various events...

Kalen Pilkington

In-house Sustainability Manager Consultant Event Producer with sustainability expertise Location: St. Albert / Alberta / Canada Years experience in sustainable event practice: 5 Kalen Pilkington E: kalenpilkington (at) gmail.com Details of experience: I integrate holistic sustainability into all of the events I plan, not only focusing on the environment, but also the social and economic aspects as well. I believe in seeking out sustainable solutions through event planning and delivery at the community level that help contribute to a shared global responsibility. I look for unique and innovative ways to plan and deliver events that are enjoyable for guests and provide aspects of education about the host organizations and their commitment to sustainability. I specialize in designing sustainable events and marketing materials that focus on specific demographics from youth to seniors, and everyone in between. Some of the highlighted projects I have completed include: Planned and executed the largest public engagement in St. Albert's history (7,000 people) which represents about 10% of our population. There were several events (approximately 15 to 20) smaller events planned and executed to gather the input and celebrate with the community (all done with a sustainability focus) Large scale music festivals Flash mob to increase awareness about water conservation Zero Waste events Behaviour change campaigns communicated through sustainability community events Unique and creative public engagement events that spur community connection and conversation I also believe in creating comprehensive event reports so that the successes and lessons learned can be incorporated for other upcoming events. Key to this is the development and measurement of targets and event indicators. I am an out of the box...