The Sustainable Events Summit 2013 is set to be held at Siemens’ new sustainable venue in London’s Docklands – The Crystal – on 24 January.
Meanwhile, the new partnership – launched in September led by Smyle managing director Rick Stainton and Sustainable Events/Positive Impact managing director Fiona Pelham – has signed up a series of additional founding partners.
- Sustainable Events
- Positive Impact
According to Stainton, the summit event itself will not be limited to one a year, but is likely to additionally include an international forum in the autumn. Meanwhile, the target is to build a wider community around the issues, raising the profile of sustainability within the events industry.
"It is common sense," explained Stainton. "Although it takes money, time and buy-in from the team, a lot of the [processes] can benefit the bottom line. Clients are increasingly asking us about sustainability."
A number of panel and plenary sessions at January’s live event will share expertise and discuss practical challenges being faced including a post London 2012 review chaired by Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 chairman Shaun McCarthy and CSR research sessions from Leeds Metropolitan University.
McCarthy said: "A gathering of the event industry at the Sustainable Events Summit community to discuss, discover and learn about the topic of sustainability is critical in light of the momentous past year the UK event industry has experienced."
Sponsors and supporters of the summit include DRP Group, RPM, London & Partners and Eventia.
The online community will launch at 12 noon today (18 October) at www.sustainableeventssummit.com