SEA Accredited Professional Test Summary

Here are the SEA Accredited Professional's exam questions. Track through these questions to self-assess your knowledge before taking the exam.


Sustainable Development

1. What is sustainable development?
2. Name at least four guiding principles of sustainable development.
3. Give four examples of applying the principles of Sustainable Development in action through an event.


4. List six stakeholder groups which may be important in the success of sustainability plans of an event.
5. List four ways to engage attendees in sustainability practices at an event.
6. Provide an example of an engagement or communications initiative you have developed, or link to communications or engagement initiative you have developed.

Policy and Objectives

7. What should be included in an event sustainability management policy?
8. Upload a copy of an Event Sustainability Management Policy you have developed.
9. List four examples of objectives that could be set for an event’s sustainability performance.

Destination and Venue

10. List six aspects against which you would assess the sustainability credentials or suitability for a proposed event destination.
11. Describe the sustainability credentials of the town, city or region in which you reside.
12. List six aspects against which you would assess the sustainability credentials of a proposed indoor event venue (assuming it has the logistical aspects you need).
13. Describe the present or missing sustainability attributes of a venue you have used. Name the venue.
14. Name sustainability eco-labels for venues or hotels.
15. List four aspects to outdoor site selection that have sustainability considerations or may impact sustainability performance.


16. At an indoor event, list three ways that energy could be wasted.
17. When using mobile power generators, if you see exhaust fumes coming from the generator, what could the reason for this be?
18. What are renewable fuel options for mobile power generators?
19. List three sources of renewable energy for mains/grid electricity.
20. List three options for temporary/mobile renewable energy supply.
21. What is a Renewable Energy Certificate or similar renewable energy tariff in your country and how do they work?
22. What are the lasting legacies an event can leave due to its energy management and supply decisions?

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

23. What are greenhouse gas emissions and what impacts are increased GHGs causing?
24. Describe Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions and give examples of them for an event.
25. What greenhouse gas emissions impacts would you include in your event’s inventory and justify your choice.
26. What is the GHG emissions factor for mains electricity in your country or region?
27. If an event claimed to be 'carbon neutral' what would you look for in order to scrutinise this claim?


28. List six sustainability considerations in food procurement.
29. List four eco-labels and the supply chain sector they apply to.
30. List four considerations in printing sustainably.
31. What is post consumer recycled paper?
32. What are the considerations in assessing environmentally sound cleaning products?
33. Explain the Fairtrade label.
34. What are alternatives to PVC in signage?
35. What are the considerations for sustainable timber procurement?
36. What are the considerations for environmentally sound paint?
37. What are the considerations for sustainable sourcing of event merchandise (apparel, bags, hats, etc)?
38. What are the considerations for sustainable sourcing of food and beverage serviceware?
39. What are the lasting legacies an event can have from its procurement decisions?


40. Explain the concept of Zero Waste.
41. What are ways to reduce waste at an exhibition (during build, show days and bump out)?
42. Where separation of the waste streams is the goal at an event, and you see bins being contaminated, what are three reasons why that could be?
43. If you plan for separating food and beverage trader’s compostable waste from other waste back of house, and the system is not working during the event, give three reasons why that could be.
44. Explain the journey waste goes on in the town, city or region in which you reside. (removal, segregation, processing).
45. What enduring legacies are possible from waste initiatives put in place at your event?

Water & Amenities

46. List four issues that need consideration when planning water management at an event.
47. List three ways to reduce water use at an event.
48. What are the sustainability considerations when arranging portable toilets?
49. What are considerations when holding an event on, adjacent to or near a body of water?


50. What are three key sustainability impacts for event transport?
51. Describe four ways to reduce the impacts of event transport.
52. Describe how voluntary carbon offsetting works for air travel.
53. List three programs that oversee the voluntary offsetting market.
54. Give details on an offsetting program that you recommend being supported (the project, not the offsetting retailer).
55. What are the lasting legacies possible due to your event transport planning and impacts?


56. List sustainability considerations when putting on an outdoor event near residential communities with nearby forest/bushland.
57. Describe direct and indirect economic benefits of an event.
58. Describe enduring legacies of an event that can benefit a community.
59. Give an example of an enduring legacy of an event that can benefit the neighbouring natural environment.

Systems, Performance Measurement & Reporting

60. Choose ten GRI EOSS indicators against which you would report your sustainability performance.
61. When measuring power at an event with both permanent and temporary power, what are the aspects that you will measure?
62. When measuring event waste, how would you break down the metrics for reporting?
63. What data to you need to adequately capture attendee transport impacts and what systems would need to be in place to capture this data?
64. How would water and sewage be reported for an outdoor event (what metrics)?
65. How would you report sustainable procurement performance? What figures would you use?
66. Name a standard relevant to sustainability in the event industry and describe the processes involved in the standards (major aspects or stages/phases/steps).

Engagement & Communications

67. Describe the what engagement is needed within your event team and top management to ensure event sustainability plans are effective.
68. What kind of engagement is required with food stallholders and caterers?
69. How would you engage and communicate with Venues? What are you trying to achieve?
70. What are the engagement opportunities at an event with attendees around energy? Describe an initiative you have implemented.
71. What are the engagement opportunities at an event with attendees around waste? Describe an initiative you have implemented.
72. What are the engagement opportunities at an event with attendees around transport? Describe an initiative you have implemented.
73. What are the engagement opportunities at an event with attendees around procurement/products/materials? Describe an initiative you have implemented.
74. Upload an example of a communications or engagement piece you have been involved in creating (e.g. a document, newsletter, clause in contract). Alternatively supply us with a link to the program/campaign/initiative.
75. Upload a photo of an onsite/at event attendee based engagement program.