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Green Events & Innovations Conference
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Green Events & Innovations Conference

The eighth edition of the UK’s leading conference for sustainability at live events will take place on Thursday 3 March, the day before ILMC begins. Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI) is presented by A Greener Festival and Bucks New University in partnership with ILMC, and welcomes around 150 professionals working, or with an interest in, environmental initiatives at live events.

As the industry’s response to environmental management matures, GEI continues to demonstrate the latest solutions and technologies for practical event management.  The conference mixes practical case studies and presentations from around the world, alongside networking coffee breaks, a complimentary lunch, and closing party. 

Rooms 3 & 4, Lower Ground Floor, Royal Garden Hotel
10:00 - 18:00, Thursday 3 March 2016
Hosts: A Greener Festival | Bucks New University
 

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Schedule

The last edition included input from Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Artur Mendes (Boom), Yomi Ayeni (Burning Man), Pip Rush (Arcadia Spectacular), Rob Scully (Glastonbury Festival), Ed Cook (Resources Futures) & Andy Fryers (Hay Festival).
 
The theme for GEI 8 is “challenging the status quo”. Team GEI are more determined than ever to disrupt complacency – both within their own event format, and within the industry’s perception of what it will take to make necessary changes. GEI 8 will also look at how the event community are using their skills, knowledge and influence to help in humanitarian situations; and will explore the challenge of handling the need for changes in the event actions or behaviour, if contrary to cultural beliefs or values of the audience. This is in addition to the usual programme of current innovations and developments at festivals and events in 2016, and expert updates following COP21 talks in Paris. The schedule so far looks something like this:
 

GEI 2016 AGENDA

9:00 – 9:30 REGISTRATION

09:30 – 09:40 WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

09:40 – 10:10 KEYNOTE: CURRENT GLOBAL POSITION – CLIMATE, PEOPLE, PLANET

In a Keynote Speech Professor Joanna Haigh, Director of Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment will provide insight into what is happening, what action we need to focus on, and how we will have to adapt to our changing environment.

Professor Joanna Haigh (Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, UK)

10:10 – 10:55 QUICK-FIRE ROUND – TOP INNITIATIVES AND INNOVATIONS FROM 2015

A series of mini presentations and discussion: Innovations in technology, strategy or campaigns that have pushed the boundaries in 2015 and beyond.

  • SMART POWER PLAN – Rob Scully, (Zap concepts / DGTL / Mysteryland, NL)
  • UPCYCLED STAGE DESIGN – Sarah Chayantz (We Love Green, FR)
  • PEE POWERED TOILETS - USE as seen at Glastonbury Festival

10:55 – 11:15 LAUNCH OF AGF TRAINING & RELAUNCH OF AGF AWARDS

It’s been 10 years since A Greener Festival first launched with its ground-breaking research into festivals and the environment. The Greener Festival Awards have assessed over 300 festivals over 5 continents since that time. We will hear about the new AGF award assessment, and the launch of AGF training. 

Claire O’Neill |Teresa Moore (A Greener Festival, UK)

11:15 – 11:35 COFFEE BREAK

11:35 – 12:25 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON LOCAL ACTION

              Moderator: Holger Jan Schmidt (GO Group/Yourope, DE)

We welcome festivals from different countries and in different continents to share their experience in managing their events with a view towards sustainability . What is done differently? What are the commonalities? And what can we learn from each other?

Steve Taylor (Lake of Stars, Malawi / T In the Park, MW/UK), Jason Mayall (Fuji Rock Festival, JP), Michal Kaščák (Pohoda Festival, SK) & Peter Noble (BluesFest, AU).

12:25 – 13:20 CULTURE LOVES, SUPPORTS AND UNITES

Moderator: Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts / Shangri La, UK)

Demonstrating that the work done in our industry goes far beyond its own borders to make a difference, we hear from outstanding social projects that have taken the knowledge, passion, innovation and drive that we see in our festival and event communities to help others. We will be delving into the festival community’s response to emergencies, and the role of the culture and entertainment industries in making a stand on intrinsically politically charged social issues.

Love Support Unite Foundation & Firefly Clean Energy: solar power to Malawi.
How the temporary event power company has helped bring light to a community.

Tim Benson (Firefly Clean Energy, UK), Nina Pulford (Love Support Unite Foundation, MW)

Events Unite for Refugees: How the event industry and professionals are being proactive in the face of despair. The Refugee Council has been working with partners such as Secret Cinema #loverefugees campaign to help bring about action through entertainment.And we hear from Robin “Pob” Adlem about the journey to fund, create and take a fire truck to Calais with Arcadia.

Maxine McMinn (Refugee Council, UK), Robin Adlem (Fire Truck to Calais, UK)

Yourope Mission Statement: Crystalizing the connection and movement of people of all backgrounds, united as one community through culture.

Fruzsina Szép (Yourope/Lollapalooza Berlin, DE) 

13:20 – 14:40 LUNCH

14:40 – 15:10 CASE STUDY: T IN THE PARK – DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED

T In The Park’s Steve Taylor discuss the challenges with their move to a new sight at Strathallan Castle, requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment and full planning application. Were they able to meet the requirements of local stakeholders and regulators?

Steve Taylor (Ideas/T In The Park, UK)

15:10 – 16:00 DISRUPTING COMPLACENCY – HARD-TO-SWALLOW NECESSITIES

From meat-free festivals to recycling poo?! What does it take to be a sustainable event (and society)? In this session, we explore internal action and interaction between audience and organiser. What cultural or social conditioning is played out through these interactions when we seek to make changes that may feel close to the bone?

Livvy Drake (Shambala Festival, UK), Hamish Skermer (Natural Event / FRL Festival, AU). More TBC.

16:00 – 16:20 COFFEE BREAK

16:20 – 17:15 TIME TO ASSEMBLE: THE POWER OF A JOINT APPROACH

              Moderator: Caroline Clift (‘Stand Out Magazine’, UK)

Many hands can make light work, and we are seeing increasing examples of collective action helping events to achieve what could otherwise be beyond their resources. A fine selection of collectives will demonstrate how they have overcome competitive challenges between events to unite on a common goal, and where sharing and pooling have paid off.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Gemma Lawrence and Catriona Patterson (Festivals Edinburgh), show us examples of collaboration in practice across events in Edinburgh, and a focus on the benefits that urban-based events can reap in working together.

Réseau Eco Eventment’s Dominique Behar talks about the collaboration between events in Nantes, France, and how the event community has shared its experience, knowledge and resources; and has also launched a charter for events in the region.

Powerful Thinking's Chris Johnson will present The Show Must Go On and debate the Festival Vision: 2025. Delegates will have the opportunity to help shape and join this industry-wide public commitment to our own sustainability targets.

17:15 – 17:30 ILMC AND GEI CLOSING WORDS

Greg Parmley will talk about the actions that the conference is taking to implement their sustainability targets, what brought the alliance between GEI and ILMC, and the unique considerations faced by conference events.

               Greg Parmley (ILMC, UK), Teresa Moore (A Greener Festival, UK)

18:00 – CLOSING DRINKS WITH IPM


 
Registration & Rates

A delegate pass for GEI costs £90 (plus a booking fee of £5.49) but a discounted price of £60 is available to ILMC delegates, and members of AIF and Yourope. To take advantage of the discounted delegate rate, ILMC delegates should tick the relevant box when registering for ILMC

Non-ILMC delegates should click here to register for GEI 2016. 

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Speaking at GEI
 

If you would like to participate in GEI 2016 as a speaker or presenter, please click here.

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Supporting GEI

If you are looking to showcase or present your company at GEI, or would like more information about the range of available sponsorship opportunities, please download the GEI2016 marketing pack here.

Alternatively, please email Chris Prosser or telephone +44 (0)203 743 0302 for more information.

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