Category Archives for "Event Producer"

Amanda Pummer

Amanda Pummer 

Sunshine Coast, Australia 

Sustainability Manager and Consultant

Details of experience:
As Hotel General Manager for 20 years managing events in hotels throughout Australasia, the biggest as Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Wentworth Hotel during the Olympics in Sydney 2000, to over 200 private weddings in design hotels in Bali, managing events differently became my unique skill. After appointment as the Bali Hotels Association Environment Executive, I was also able to lead hotels through Earth Check's certification programmes providing training and guidance with groups of hotels. It was this volunteer role that led me to join the GreenAsia Group as Sustainability Consultant for the Hospitality Industry, based in Bali. Since returning to Australia, I have created my own Consultancy for the Hospitality industry and now work in that role for Tourism Noosa.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Double Major Philosophy and English Literature - UWA
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainability - USC
  • Green Globe 21 Auditor training 2006 Singapore
  • RSA and RSG permit
  • Cert IV training and assessment TAFE Maroochydore

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Clean up the World Day - Bali - Organiser 2008,2009
  • Green Globe 21 Auditor Training 2006 Singapore
  • Green Globe 21 Certification for Alila Manggis and Alila Ubud Hotels Bali
  • Green Asia Group - EarthCheck trainer for Club Med Cherating Beach
  • Sustainability Consultant - Noosa Lakes Resort
  • Sustainability Officer - Noosa Festival of Surfing
  • Sustainability Officer - Tourism Noosa

Brett Blumberg

Brett Blumberg 

San Diego, USA

Sustainability Manager

Details of experience:

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.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • B.S., Environmental Engineering
  • MBA, Sustainability
  • LEED Green Associate Accreditation
  • Permaculture Design Certified

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Winter X Games
  • Summer X Games
  • ESPY Awards Show
  • Dew Tour

Russ Spollin

Russ Spollin

Bristol, UK

In-house Sustainability Manager, Consultant, Event Producer and Specialist (waste)

Details of experience:

Russ Spollin has a passion for events and sustainability, working with festivals and community events to help improve their sustainability performance.

His sustainability journey began a decade ago as a workplace union environment representative and has taken him many wonderful places, including deep down compost toilets and high atop mountains of recycling!

His main activities are as Director and Sustainability Manager for Redfest Bristol, a social enterprise arts and community festival attracting 20,000 people annually.

Russ says that his interest in sustainability started to become a professional focus during his time as a Union Rep in the civil service from 2007-2015. He became an Environment Rep and a key member of the cross department cross grade working group to improve our sustainability performance of the organisation. Successes included engagement initiatives on organic/fairtrade food and healthy living, implementing LED and smart lighting technology leading to reduced energy bills, switching to a renewable energy provider, implementing full recycling facilities at all sites, organising free 'Dr Bike' bike maintenance days, and supporting members on mental health issues in the workplace.

His sustainable event management experience began with Brisfest and Montpelier Bean Feast.

At Brisfest Russ had experience as a stage and area manager. Himself and his colleague (who has aviation industry environmental management experience) joined forces and began the early stages of a sustainable event management system.

They completed the baseline measurements and began engagement with a variety of stakeholders internal and external. Unfortunately as Brisfest did not return to an outdoor festival event, they decided to put the project on hold indefinitely. However, the experience was invaluable.

At Bean Feast he was a committee member involved with various aspects of the event. He began to focus on waste, taking on full responsibility for management of waste at the event, ensuring the site was kept litter free and all waste streams were fully segregated. They also measured energy and water. Using IG Tools, a sustainability report was produced and presented to the team, which informed future decisions for the event.

Ross' main project is Redfest Bristol, that delivers a high quality arts event for the community of East Bristol. The sustainability project has been running for 3 years and is proving to be a great success.

Sustainability is represented on the board of directors by himself. They measured their baseline in 2014 and have been making improvements ever since.

Their event attendees have grown exponentially, from 6000 to 10,000 to 20,000, however, our per attendee carbon footprint has decreased. Initiatives such as free cycle parking facilities, encouraging more to walk and less to drive, recycling initiatives, solar powered stages, free drinking water, reusable cups and compostable serviceware have been overwhelmingly well received by all stakeholders.

The last years offered unique challenges and opportunities due to a change of event format - from an single day outdoor festival to a multi day multi venue takeover style event. 

Priorities were engaging in a more indepth way with venues and sponsors, promoting sustainability in a broader sense within the community, and improving our environmental management system.

Now,  we are looking very positive indeed for Redfest's future.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • IEMA Practitioner (exam passed, awaiting assessment of competence)
  • Permaculture Design Course Certificate - Shift Bristol / Permaculture Association
  • Foundations in Community Organising - Certa Level 3 Credit
  • ISO 20121 (Event Sustainability Management Systems) 
  • Implementation Training - Greenshoot Pacific
  • Trade Unions Today (QCF) (Environment) 
  • NOCN Level 2 Award
  • Trade Union Representatives (QCF) (Equality) 
  • NOCN Level 2 Award
  • Supporting Users of IT - NVQ Level 3
  • Business Administration - NVQ Level 2
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate
  • GCSEs English Language & Literature
  • Mathematics, Science, Art & Design

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Redfest Bristol - sustainability manager and director
  • Brisfest - sustainability manager, area manager, venue manager, committee member
  • Glastonbury - recycling centre, compost toilets
  • Shambala - attendee engagement, compost toilets
  • BoomTown - compost toilets
  • Love Saves The Day - attendee engagement and volunteer management
  • Fire In The Mountain - waste management
  • Beautiful Days - waste management
  • Bimble Bandada - waste managementShindig Weekender - compost toilets
  • Bean Feast - waste management, sustainability management and committee member
  • Temwa - event coordination for sustainable development charity
  • Pigpen Radio - director of social enterprise (registered CIC) radio station all about positive conscious music

Luca Guzzabocca

Luca Guzzabocca

Seregno, Italy

In-house Sustainability Manager, Consultant and Event Producer

Luca has 28 years of experience as procurement manager and more than 15 years of experience in sustainable procurement/supply management.

Since 2014 he has experienced the design and implementation for F.I.M. (International Federation of Motorcycling) of an ad-hoc sustainable event framework for motorsport sector, specifically for motorcycling sector becoming the advisor of Italian Mugello and Misano circuits for MotoGP events (the top class of motorcycling discipline). The first ever sustainable event framework (K.i.S.S. - Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) in the motorsport sector.

This key sport sector is a worldwide unique massive driver increasing the sustainability awareness across fans, teams, riders, organizers, promoters, community, suppliers and sponsors.

That makes his expertise and know-how very strong and wide around sustainable events management.

The framework includes several environmental and social impact initiatives.

In  addition he designed a similar programme for “ETRC - European Truck Racing Championship” ( 50.000+ spectators) with the first execution at Misano Circuit race in 2018. 

In 2019 he designed and executed the sustainable management of the most important and leading exhibition of motorcycles and bikes in the world called EICMA hold in Milan (Italy) every year ( 800,000+ visitors and 1.800+ exhibitors). The event has been ISO 20121 certified, it is the first ever automotive exhibition to obtain this status in the world. 

List of events and projects worked on:

  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello 2013
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello 2014
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello 2015
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello 2016
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Misano 2016
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello 2017
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Misano 2017
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello Circuit 2018
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Misano Circuit  2018
  • ETRC Misano Circuit 2018
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Mugello Circuit 2019
  • MotoGP Grand Prix Misano Circuit 2019
  • ETRC Misano Circuit 2019
  • EICMA - Motorcycles and Bikes International Exhibition 2019

Kalen Pilkington

Kalen Pilkington

St. Albert, Canada

Sustainability Manager 
and Consultant

Details of experience:
Kalen integrate holistic sustainability into all of the events she plans, not only focusing on the environment, but also the social and economic aspects as well.

She believes in seeking out sustainable solutions through event planning and delivery at the community level that help contribute to a shared global responsibility.

She looks for unique and innovative ways to plan and deliver events that are enjoyable for guests and provide aspects of education about the host organizations and their commitment to sustainability.

She is specialized in designing sustainable events and marketing materials that focus on specific demographics from youth to seniors, and everyone in between.


Kaslen believes that for making a great event, it is important to have a comprehensive process that includes the incorporation of targets and indicators that are reported on in the post-event report. In addition to overall event targets,  she also includes social, environmental and economic indicators to measure the impact and sustainability of the event.


She is an out of the box thinker and like to be at the forefront of sustainable events.


Employing innovative event management techniques and infusing sustainability along the way makes my planning and execution process highly valuable and unique.


Her ultimate goal is to provide sustainable events to meet the clients expectations while making a positive impact environmentally, economically and socially. She wants the events she plans to help positively demonstrate the clients commitment to sustainability and help position them as good global citizens.

Some of the highlighted projects she has completed include:

  • Planned and executed the largest public engagement in St. Albert's history (7,000 people) which represents about 10% of our population. There were several events (approximately 15 to 20) smaller events planned and executed to gather the input and celebrate with the community (all done with a sustainability focus)
  • Large scale music festivals
  • Flash mob to increase awareness about water conservation
  • Zero Waste events
  • Behaviour change campaigns communicated through sustainability community events
  • Unique and creative public engagement events that spur community connection and conversation

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Honours BA (Sociology, Geography - minor in Global Studies and Business)
  • Master of Environment and Sustainability - University of Western Ontario
  • Green Architecture - Algonquin College
  • Event Planning Certificate - Mount Royal University
  • Project Management Certificate - University of Western Ontario
  • Leadership Certificate - Grant MacEwan University
  • Public Engagement Certificate - IAP2

List of events and projects worked on:

I believe in seeking out sustainable solutions through event planning and delivery at the community level that help contribute to a shared global responsibility. I believe in infusing sustainability into the event from conception to closing. I do this through designing and executing:

  • Small meetings to large conferences that promote social responsibility, environmental protection while upholding economic accountability
  • Numerous Zero Waste Events
  • Large scale education campaign events
  • Large scale public engagement events that spur community connection and conversation
  • Diverse event typologies that are for targeted demographics
  • Corporate team building events
  • Change management initiatives and celebrations
  • Music festivals with sustainability initiatives
  • Community building programs and events that help increase local resiliency and empower the residents
  • Event branding and marketing materials to support holistic sustainability
  • Events for community development and planning
  • Unique events that stand out and get the cause or organization positive recognition
  • Events that incorporate sustainable elements that guests have the opportunity to learn about while in attendance

Examples of Kalen's Work:

Jesse Norsworthy

Jesse Norsworthy

Vancouver, Canada

Sustainability Manager and 
Event Producer

Details of experience:

Jesse's experience with event management and encouraging sustainability has been a growing process throughout the passed 10 years.


His wife and him started Girl On Wax Entertainment and wanted to focus on female DJ’s, musicians and performers to even the playing field and create equality in the work place.

This field of work is dominated by males and they are changing that.

 

Their company is now one of the leading events company in Vancouver. GirlOnWax has 15 female DJ's and many musicians and performers apart of the team. They are spreading across Canada and have done events internationally.


GirlOnWax Entertainment is also a paperless company with a very low consumption load. They do this by using their home as their office and have limited their vehicles to one work vehicle to do over 350 events a year.


GirlOnWax Events also supports local charities including The Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver Canucks Autism Network The Decoda Literacy Foundation, several animal charities and organizations.


In 2015 they were first runner up for best wedding entertainment company in B.C.


What inspires Jesse is solving problems and producing events and projects, as well as inspiring others around me to make there own sustainable choices. 

He has expanded his knowledge into energy management systems and he is working with corporate businesses in technology and agriculter to be sustainable in everyday business practice, as well as thinking of new innovative ways to lower there consumption, while saving money for the business.

Jesse is currently working on a few of his own projects in Solar and Agriculture.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Age of Sustainability - Columbia University - UN Ambassador, Professor Jeffery Sachs
  • Sustainability In Business Operations Program
  • Energy and Consumption Workshop
  • Solar and Renewable Energy Conferences

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Hudson's Bay Giving Day - GirlOnWax Entertainment
  • Click Gala - Vancouver Canucks Autism Network @ Danica Cafe, GirlOnWax Entertainment
  • Vintage Affair Fundraiser - GirlOnWax Entertainment
  • Emily Car Univercity - GirlOnWax Entertainment
  • Face The World Gala -GirlOnWax Entertainment
  • Sustainable Facility Alberta - Solar Farm - Green Houses - Organic Farming

Cameron Little

Cameron Little 

Sydney, Australia

SEA Board Member, Consultant, Trainer and Auditor

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.

Daniel Watters

Daniel Watters

Canberra, Australia

Event Producer with Sustainability expertise

Details of experience:

Daniel is Managing Director of the Corinbank Music and Arts Festival. 

From it's inception, Corinbank has strived to implement sustainable practices in every aspect of the festival such as using only B100 fuel in generators, 100% composting toilets, festival infrastructure made from on-site recycled materials (such as trees killed in bushfires), and the green kulture village which provides workshops and lectures on sustainability.

Corinbank's efforts have been recognised with numerous awards in the field of sustainability including most recently, the 2013 ACTSmart Best Practice Waste Management at a Public Event Award following the achievement of a 90% waste diversion rate at the November 2012 event.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • B Commerce in Management Science

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Corinbank 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 (1), 2012 (2)
  • Centenary of Canberra 2009 - 2013

Ulrika Nilsson

Ulrika Nilsson

New York, USA

Consultant and Event Producer with sustainability expertise

Details of experience:

Ulrika was born and raised in Sweden, a part of the world that has always been focused and concerned about the environmental, economic and social issues in the world.

Scandinavian countries are big advocates for sustainability and are far ahead of many other counties, people and businesses in this aspect.

She feels that it is their duty to care for, respect and increase the responsibilities for how they live and conduct their businesses today. 

Since the creation of the Redcircle, their goal has been to find the most sustainable approach for each step and category in event planning: In conceptualization, promotion, marketing, coordination, logistics, production, execution, talent sourcing and management as well as all aspects of consulting.

She says that no client of them can resist the benefits that come with their sustainable event approach; cost savings, positive reputation, environmental innovation, raising awareness, social benefits, influencing decision making and increased return on investment, etc.

She thinks people can ALWAYS make sustainable choices and she always challenges her clients to push a little harder, do a little more and make it part their business.


Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

Ulrika has never pursued sustainability degrees, qualifications and training until now, when realizing that she had no proof of her sustainability practice, no matter for how long this has been a natural approach for her. 

Sustainable Event Alliance is her first step in putting a seal on her sustainability vows and practice.


List of events and projects worked on:

She strives to work in sustainability regardless of who the client is and regardless of what event or project I am engaged on - inclusive but not limited to:

  • Marketing Programs & Promotional Campaigns
  • Company & Product Launches
  • Fundraising & Charity Galas
  • Destination Management, Incentive Travel & Exclusive Retreats
  • Motivation & Team Building
  • Exhibitions, Trade Shows & Open Houses
  • Experimental Rewards & Services
  • Social Events

Benjamin Eddie

Benjamin Eddie

Leeds, Uk 

Event Producer with Sustainability Expertise


Details of experience:
I have been passionate about reducing, reusing, and recycling in the home since my youth. It has been a natural progression that as my involvement within the events industry increased (alongside my knowledge of sustainability) that I would apply the same principles to my professional life.

As event organiser you are in a unique position to promote a positive message to your audience, contractors, and suppliers; through sustainability in action, education, and sharing best practice in a setting where people may be more receptive than in day-to-day life, with a hope that you can affect wider change and demonstrate alternative possibilities.

From a business perspective, it is increasingly apparent that the strategic case for embedding sustainable practices is gaining momentum; early adopters can achieve competitive advantage ahead of inevitable legislation.

My own experience rests on a long held passion for organising and attending festivals and live entertainment, and in environmental sustainability.

I am a great believer in lifelong learning, personal, and professional development; and I'm excited to pursue a career in such an innovative, creative industry with a very real capacity to make a difference.

I have faced barriers when looking to implement sustainable practices where there has been limited focus before, and realise the importance of having a clear direction from the outset.

Events sustainability is ongoing, with unique challenges to overcome; it is not an end in itself, rather an approach and a commitment to do more.

As the festival season here in the UK comes to a close for the year, I will focus on my postgraduate research over the winter, furthering previous work on the development of competitive advantage through sustainable event management.

I look forward to a number of opportunities heading in to 2013, including developing a live EDM event here in the UK, continued involvement in a local festival, pursuing freelance and permanent positions, and to conduct further environmental assessments on behalf of A Greener Festival.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • 2012, Leeds Metropolitan University: MSc International Event Management, UK Centre for Events Management, (graduation 01/13)
  • 2012, Institute of Leadership and Management (Level 5 Award)
  • 2012, Association of Independent Festivals: Green Events & Innovations Conference
  • 2007, Leeds Metropolitan University: Second Class Hons (1st Division) BSc Psychology

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Hyde Park Unity Day 2011
  • Hyde Park Unity Day 2012
  • A Greener Festival- AGF Award Environmental Assessor
  • Saltaire Festival- Event Fundraiser