Did you know 1/3 of food produced around the world goes unused and is thrown away? As an events company, our industry alone contributes to 65% of the global food waste problem. Rather than being part of the problem, emc3 aims to be a part of the solution by not only reducing food waste, but our carbon footprint as a whole. As recent winners of the 2019 Lotus Award for our efforts towards sustainability, we would like to share a few tips on how to go green!
How We Make It Happen
emc3 believes in not only the importance but the power of sustainability. Many shy away from sustainability in event planning as they see it as restricting and limiting on what they can create for their client. As a company dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint, we know how to throw the hottest event of the year while saving the planet at the same time. From our office to the events we work on, we are green through and through.
According to a study by the Sustainability Management School, the annual waste generation is expected to increase by 70% from 2016 levels to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050.Yikes…To counteract this frightening statistic, our number one priority is eliminating the amount of waste from the get-go when it comes to planning an event. We plan ahead as much as possible by getting accurate head counts of attendees as well as planning the menu to a T, ensuring as little food as possible goes to waste. If our efforts to prevent excess food are not enough, we have a backup plan.
emc3 always set up arrangements prior to hosting events that allow us to donate any excess food we have so it ends up feeding happy farm animals rather than wasting away in a landfill. Additionally, we offer to donate extra meals to the staff working the venue.
Before we choose a venue, we decide on a city. A large part of our strategy in deciding upon a city (where we can) depends on how much their values and practices support sustainability. Some key features we keep look out for include an effective recycling program and an efficient city transportation that is mindful of carbon emissions.
When it comes to choosing an event venue, we don’t just go for the space with the most room or the fanciest chandeliers (although these help!). We select our venues according to those who have sustainability certificates, a fair-trade menu, a recycling unit, plastic reduction and food waste reduction policies.
As much as we would like to take the credit for all of these green initiatives, we owe a lot of thanks to helpful apps such as Too Good To Go and Karma.
The Importance of Sustainability in the Workplace
The book definition of sustainability is quite long, so in short it is the preservation of our Earth’s resources and in practice, encourages people to follow the guidelines of the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle. As many employed members of society spend a good portion of their life in the workplace, it is important to transfer the home practices of going green to the office because just as much energy and resources are used, if not more. By practicing sustainability in our workplace, we are in turn paying our respects to the environment. Every decision we make has an impact on our environment. With the world we live in constantly being on the cusp of change, it is important to keep up with sustainability’s best practices in order to ensure a better and brighter future for the Earth.
Events account for a large amount of waste and produce a large carbon footprint, as an industry it is important that we do our bit to change the world for the better. We encourage others to follow suit and do their part in taking care of our planet, one “R” at a time!
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