Benjamin Eddie

  Event Producer with sustainability expertise Location: Leeds, England, UK Years experience in sustainable event practice: Two Website: linkedin.com/in/beneddie Email: contact @ benjamin-eddie.com Details of experience: I have been passionate about reducing, reusing, and recycling in the home since my youth. It has been a natural progression that as my involvement within the events industry increased (alongside my knowledge of sustainability) that I would apply the same principles to my professional life. As event organiser you are in a unique position to promote a positive message to your audience, contractors, and suppliers; through sustainability in action, education, and sharing best practice in a setting where people may be more receptive than in day-to-day life, with a hope that you can affect wider change and demonstrate alternative possibilities. From a business perspective, it is increasingly apparent that the strategic case for embedding sustainable practices is gaining momentum; early adopters can achieve competitive advantage ahead of inevitable legislation. My own experience rests on a long held passion for organising and attending festivals and live entertainment, and in environmental sustainability. I am a great believer in lifelong learning, personal, and professional development; and I'm excited to pursue a career in such an innovative, creative industry with a very real capacity to make a difference. I have faced barriers when looking to implement sustainable practices where there has been limited focus before, and realise the importance of having a clear direction from the outset. Events sustainability is ongoing, with unique challenges to overcome; it is not an end in itself, rather an approach and a commitment to do more. As the festival season here in...