GREAT THINGS ARE DONE BY A SERIES OF SMALL THINGS - VINCENT VAN GOGH

ICETEAM
PAIR OF SHOES
19.11.2019 11:34
So maybe he wasn’t as mad as we are led to believe! Like Vincent, we at ICE are passionate folk.  
At ICEDAY, Katherine McCartney, Principle of PDW, Inc. and the former Producer of TED Conferences discussed that as event organisers we have such a big influence over a lot of delegates.  So this list below is the start of our 101 ideas to share with your DELEGATES when inviting them to attend your event which can have a big impact on climate change.

Watch Katherine McCartney at ICEDAY here.
So 101 ideas -  That’s a stretch! Well not if we can recruit some input from you. If you have a suggestion, please share it here and we’ll add it our ICE 'IT TAKES A PAIR OF SHOES' guide. 

To get us all going here’s 10 things to consider.
1. ONE PAIR OF SHOES
Ask delegates flying to your event to pack one less pair of shoes. (If everyone on a plane load of delegates took one less pair of shoes it would be the equivalent to taking 10,500 cars off the road per year)
2. TRAVEL OFFSET
In 95 percent of cases, travel is more than 80 percent of your total footprint. Ensure your delegates travelling from overseas and longer distances use carbon offset programmes. Read more about offsets here.
3. PLANT A TREE (1)
Suggest that your delegates use Ecosia, the new search engine that plants a tree every time you do a search.  Even if you use it once, it will help with CO2.
4. VEGGIE TUESDAY in association with Searcys
We all know reducing red meat is good for environment.  Why not join Veggie Tuesday and when your delegates attend any events just eat vegetarian.
5. SIGN UP FOR MEALS
Take the guesswork out of catering numbers by asking your delegates to specify their food and drink choices ahead of your event. I know we all do this, but you can reinforce this by telling your delegates 'we are trying to save the planet'.

6. PLANT YOUR BADGE
For your 200 or less delegates, why not print your badge of Seed Paper. Then ask your delegates to take it away and plant in their flower box.  Win win for continuing to brand the event plus it will cheer them up. For more info visit here and if you plan to purchase from the site use code PAPER10 to receive a 10% discount. 

7.  BRING A MUG
Ask guests to bring a reusable mug and ask them to just refill their cup for tea and coffee. Saves on water and washing-up.

8. BRING A WATER BOTTLE
Many venues have water coolers available instead of single use plastic bottles. Just like Idea No. 7, ask your delegates to bring their own water bottle for refill. 

9. GET REGISTERED ON THE ENERGY REVOLUTION
Energy Revolution is a charity that was set up to help the live events industry make a response to the critical challenge of climate change. 
For more info and to sign up visit here

10. USE LINKS RATHER THAN ATTACHMENTS 
Very roughly speaking, (remember that all complex carbon footprints are really best guesses) a typical year of incoming mail for a business user – including sending, filtering and reading – creates a carbon footprint of around 135kg. That's over 1% of of a relatively green 10-tonne lifestyle and equivalent to driving 200 miles in an average car. Read more from The Guardian.

Remember, get involved and share your ideas - we will be updating the list on a regular basis. You can also follow us on twitter and tag us in any ideas.

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