Carolina always loved to travel, organised events and care about sustainable development in different sectors.
For the past 12 years, she has been working in the event industry and last 2 years she became a Sustainability Event Consultant/ Revolution Manager.
She has been working towards more sustainable Events, Congresses and Conferences in European countries such as Geneva, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Prague and Amsterdam.
In 2018 she was also part of the ISO20121 event organiser team, which successfully achieved third party ISO 20121 (Sustainable Event Management system) certification in 3 different European countries in the same year.
She says that the most important for her is to go every day to work knowing that she is making a positive a sustainable difference: "Organising an event and dealing with so many suppliers, gives you a big opportunity to detect the issues and then support with solutions to prevent tons of waste and lower the carbon footprint".
Carolina 's specialties are probably staying optimistic, do not push to extremes and try to find the tailored approach for each individual/supplier/ team. "Everybody need a bit different kind of communication, motivation or nudging in order to understand/care and put sustainability in place", Carolina says.
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David has been honing his skills in Events Sustainability since the first Green Sports Alliance Summit, in 2011, in which he played an integral role through 2016.
After branching out as an independent consultant, he has continued to gain experience in sustainable event management as both a paid contractor and volunteer at various events, including music festivals, marathons, and large corporate events.
The foundation of his knowledge and experience, however, comes from his 5 years as Membership Director of the Green Sports Alliance, a role that had him learning from and advising sports stadium and arena operators, as well as event managers for marathons and other stand-alone events, on the full spectrum of sustainable management.
David became extremely well-versed around issues and best practices in waste/recycling/composting, water conservation, energy efficiency, food and beverage service, transportation, sourcing/procurement, staff training, internal/external messaging, et. al.
Most recently, he served in perhaps his most in-depth role yet, creating the comprehensive Sustainability Strategy and writing the Sustainability Impact Report as well as the Legacy Playbook & Toolkit for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, in concert with the 2018 USA Games Organizing Committee and project partner Tim Reeve.
MBA, Sustainable Business, Presidio Graduate Institute
LEED Green Advisor, U.S. Green Building Council
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Antonio is an industrial engineer, with a vast experience and training in circular economy, ecodesign and LCA and energy.
He is an expert in environmental communication and dissemination and was appointed European Diamond Ambassador in 2015 within the EE MUSIC platform, a European reference in the field of sustainability in musical events. He is also the jury specialized in sustainability in the Fest Awards.
A few years ago he founded Greenize and since then he directs this engineering dedicated to the development of sustainability projects and applied circular economy.
He is specialized in large events and R&D projects.
He is passionate about design and is restless by nature, has been for decades as a promoter of musical, film and cultural events, ingeniously creative, and professional globetrotter .... and above all, able to change forever your way of seeing the world, giving you the tools necessary for you to act the change.
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Brett's first taste of event sustainability came as a seasonal contractor for ESPN over the course of 6 years, helping to mitigate the environmental impacts of various events around the country.
After a short career as a remediation engineer, he joined Kilowatt Events, Inc. and helped launch their new dedicated sustainability wing, Kilowatt One.
Because Kilowatt's expertise is producing traditional events, the company advantage comes from their ability to weave event sustainability into the fabric of the event production process under the control of a single company, ultimately saving time and effort for clients and creating deeper impacts throughout event operations.
His education in engineering gave him the technical toolset needed to tackle large-scale social and environmental issues while his degree in business has provided the ability to clearly communicate the value in doing so to all stakeholders.
Event sustainability must make business sense, and he is excited to help grow the industry as it becomes increasingly important in an ever-changing world.
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Lorenzo has been working on sustainability projects as a professional consultant since 2012. His skills are related to marketing and communication project management, including stakeholder engagement projects.
He manages his own company LOCOM, to develop Corporate Social Responsibility projects and services, and sustainability statements reporting since 2014. The Company business is focused in sustainability report drafting and communication, stakeholder engagement and sustainable events management systems with ISO 20121.
In the last years, Lorenzo has been involved with the Business Administration Department of the University of Verona teaching “Sustainable communication and ISO 20121 sustainable event management system”. He is working with Professor Paola Castellani, developing a research project work over “ISO 20121 criticality and benefits” involving many students in their university degree.
Since the ISO 20121 management system has been released, he has been trained and certified as a sustainable project consultant and internal auditor:
In the last years, he has developed sustainability reports, stakeholder engagement and communication projects for public and private companies.
Lorenzo has been ISO 20121 consulting and auditing manager for the International Festival "Tocatì" since 2015, a four-day festival, with an audience of 250.000 people. He is involved as sustainability consulting manager in Sport, Culture and Entertainment events to develop their management system following the ISO 20121 standard.
Crecilda van der Merwe
Crecilda started her career as an Environmental Consultant in 2008. Since then, she has been assisting small to large events with planning, managing and mitigating their environmental impact. Many of the events she works with pass through National Parks and conservation areas, which requires detailed planning to ensure their sustainability for future events.
Sustainability for her is a long standing relationship and journey with a team that has the same goal in being better, most importantly being better not just for themselves but for others too. She feels great helping a client achieve their plan of being able to recycle or benefit the local community or contribute towards conservation.
For Crecilda, ensuring event sustainability is a way of life, not a tickbox that you file and say "its done".
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Greg Howell has been a dedicated environmental advocate since he began surfing. He grew up surfing Victoria’s coastline in the early 70’s and moved to the Gold Coast in the 1992 lured by the warmer water.
In 1989, he attended his first No Nukes Rally and has been a passionate environmental campaigner ever since.
Greg worked as executive director of Surfrider Foundation Australia, an organisation founded to care for the nation’s waves and beaches; he has kick started a range of local and national environmental educational programs; and has devoted time to a myriad of other environmental causes, organisations and events.
In 2008, inspired by the simple changes he believed event organisers could make to minimise the impact of events on the environment, he founded Climate Wave Enterprises, eco-logical event solutions and joined Sustainable Event Alliance in 2011.
He is currently working to promote the practices of sustainable event management, green supply chains and cutting edge events’ knowledge that is available to event organisers around Australia.
In 2013 Greg & Surfrider Foundation launched their inaugural Eco Challenge events which will be developed on the Sunshine & Gold Coasts to eventually be rolled out around Australia.
Cameron Little, Principal of Sustainability Systems & Services, has two decades of experience within the environment, sustainability and corporate social responsibility sector and has been providing sustainability support for the events industry for over ten years.
In addition to an environmental science degree he has trained in Environmental Auditing, Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace Training and Assessment, and Permaculture and he is currently conducting research into Low Carbon Tourism.
Cameron works with a wide range of business, community sector, education, and governmental organisations, helping their sustainability champions to develop and embed effective policies, procedures and practices so that they can progress towards achieving personal and organisational sustainability objectives.
He has worked with events such as Peats Ridge Festival, V Festival, and World Skills Australia. He is Lead Sustainability Judge for the Australian Event Awards, for the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, Tertiary Access Group Awards (Australasia) and for the Australian Regional Development Awards, and is also the National Judge for the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards.
Cameron is a practitioner in the field and provides numerous sustainability-related resources and services to events throughout the year from small Council run events to iconic events such as the Sydney Festival and New Year’s Eve in the Sydney Botanic Gardens.
He lectures and provides training through numerous educational bodies in areas such as Sustainable Events, Environmental Auditing, Environmental Management Systems, sustainable buildings, permaculture, and sustainable living.
Meegan is an event sustainability professional focussing her efforts on using the power of events for positive action while also ensuring that events themselves are produced sustainably.
Her boutique consultancies Green Shoot Pacific provides advice, tools, systems support, training and practical solutions to the events and sport sectors.
Credits include Sustainability Manager for Festival Republic (Glastonbury, Reading, Latitude Festivals, UK), Live Earth Greening Guidelines, project consultant for the UNEP Music & Environment Initiative, sustainability strategy for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, and external assessment of ISO 20121 for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She was recently Sustainability Programme Manager for Volvo Ocean Race 17/18 and with their award winning Clean Seas programme.
The third edition of her book Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide was published in Dec 2017 by Taylor & Francis and is an adopted text for many university degrees in event management.
In 2018 Meegan authored the guide to avoiding single-use plastics at sporting events. She has also contributed the sustainability chapters to books Routledge Handbook of Festivals and Festival and Special Event Management.
She was a sector expert in the global working groups developing the GRI Event Organizer's Sector Supplement and ISO 20121. She is founder and chair of the Sustainable Event Alliance and has trained more than 1000 events organisers in sustainable event management through 40 local governments.