6 Steps For Events To Minimize Their Carbon Footprint
Welcome to the golden age of green. Today, there are more easy and affordable resources for event planners looking to go green than ever before. And greening your events is good for more than just the environment. It improves your team culture, connects you with eco-conscious attendees and grows your bottom line. In honor of Earth Day, Live Nation Special Events invites our event planner partners to join us in reaching our sustainability goals. These simple steps are a great first step.
(1) Start With an Audit
If you’re serious about going green, this is the best place to start. Look at every facet of your event and continuously ask yourself if you can be more environmentally friendly. Usually, a deep dive like this will present dozens of opportunities for greener choices.
Measuring and reducing carbon emissions is an essential aspect of sustainable event planning. Consider offsetting your event's carbon footprint through renewable energy or reforestation projects. Additionally, conducting energy efficiency audits of your event can help identify areas where energy can be conserved to reduce carbon emissions and cost savings. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be afraid to start small and set a timetable of manageable goals.
(2) Create a Green Culture
Share your new vision with your team. Creating an inclusive environment will encourage them to buy into your green goals and celebrate success. What’s more, your team is on the front lines of your event they see opportunities to go green that you may not even know exist. Encouraging them to share feedback and take action will create a culture of green empowerment.
Going green also means thinking beyond your four walls. Partner with companies that take real efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. That could include zero-waste products, green manufacturing measures, energy-efficient vehicles, green food and beverage partners and much more. The more event planners support green vendors, the more successful and widespread they become.
(3) Promote A Recycling & Reuse Program
By reducing waste and reusing materials, we can help create a cleaner, greener planet for future generations. Imagine hosting an event where every aspect is sustainable, from the decor to the food to the waste management. Not only will this inspire others to follow suit, but it will also create a memorable and meaningful experience for attendees. It's a chance to make a difference and show that we can have fun while also being responsible and thoughtful leaders of our planet.
(4) Use Plastic-Free Catering
Compostable or reusable tableware is a fantastic option to offer premium catering while remaining eco-friendly. Apart from helping to minimize the quantity of waste that is deposited in landfills, it also presents a chance to demonstrate your dedication to sustainable practices.
Using compostable or reusable tableware can also improve the overall aesthetic of your catering. The elegant and sophisticated look of compostable plates and cutlery can make your event stand out and enhance the guest experience. Reusable glassware and tableware can also give your event an upscale and stylish feel, making it more memorable.
(5) Create A Plant-Based Menu
Offering a plant-based menu is a great opportunity to showcase your commitment to sustainability and encourage others to adopt eco-friendly practices. These options at your event can help reduce the environmental impact and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Plus, offering a plant-based menu can cater to a variety of dietary restrictions, ensuring that all guests can enjoy the food without worry. From vegan burgers to roasted vegetable platters, the possibilities for plant-based private event menus are endless.
(6) Ask Your Event Venue About Their Green Efforts
Hosting over 35,000 live events each year, Live Nation has the opportunity and pleasure to provide our artists and fans with a live music experience that protects our planet. Live Nation is constantly testing and working to adapt leading sustainability practices for the live entertainment space to reduce our global environmental impact.
Start planning your next green event at one of our legendary venues today!