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Event Summit Highlights Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia

Australia’s reputation as a world leader in sustainable events will be on show next month when environmental experts and event professionals gather for the 5th Biannual International Event Management Summit, at Surfers Paradise from 6-8th July.

Hosted by The Australian Centre for Event Management (ACEM), the summit will address strategies for events in ‘Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Development’, especially the increasing public pressure on events to address their environmental impacts.

Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day are both great examples of sustainable events which started in Australia, and are now leading by environmental best-practise at the global level, achieving outstanding results and engaging international audiences,” said The Australian Centre for Event Management director, Rob Harris.

“The International Event Management Summit provides a unique opportunity for event professionals to network with the worlds leading environmental thinkers and learn about how the latest eco-friendly strategies and products can improve their event.”

Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaign chariman Ian Kiernan, will reveal how sustainably focused events  can drive environmental thinking and change the mindsets of businesses and the community.

“With the demand for eco-friendly events greater than ever, there has never been a better opportunity for the events industry to innovate, meet customer demand, save money and reduce its environmental footprint,” said Andrew Sedger, director of communications for Earth Hour Global.

“Event managers need to ask themselves ‘What is our role and opportunity in a carbon constrained world’ and be more innovative and strategic. With Earth Hour for example, we’ve found that we can make considerable savings, both environmental and financial, by maximising our use of online platforms to engage with audiences.” 

At the summit delegates can also expect a sneak preview of the latest technology in measuring environmental impacts, as ACEM will launch a new free carbon calculator specifically for the events industry.

“From regional and community events, to organisers of multimillion dollar conferences and festivals, anyone involved in the production, management and supply of events is encouraged to attend,” Harris said.

“While a few event organisers are offering clients eco-friendly options, events of all sizes still have a lot to learn in offsetting their environmental impacts, and hopefully moving towards a positive environmental contribution in the future.”

The 2009 International Event Management Summit is a carbon neutral event. ACEM is working with the Carbon Reduction Institute to measure, reduce and offset the carbon emissions associated with the conference.

For more information on speakers, topics and to register online click here.

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