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Powerful Thinking Guide Goes Dutch with Green Events NL

The Powerful Thinking Guide 2017, launched earlier this year, will be translated into Dutch by Green Events Netherlands and hosted on a new database on sustainability for Dutch festival organisers created by Lab Vlieland. The translation will be announced at the ADE Green conference later this month.

The Guide was first published in 2012 and updated this year to provide event professionals with up-to-date knowledge and practical resources to help manage temporary energy smartly, reducing environmental impacts and fuel bills. It is arranged as a collection of modular resources, factsheets and case studies that are also available online. The edition is European in focus, reflecting both the progress being made across Europe on this topic, and the partners involved with the guide’s content.

“Green Events Nederland is very pleased that we could help to increase the accessibility to the Powerful Thinking guide by translating this valuable resource into the Dutch language.” Green Events NL Paul Schurink

Vision:2025 Festivals at the Showman’s Show: Who’s coming?

The  second meeting of Vision:2025 Festivals is hosted at The Showman’s Show on Weds 18th October, in the ‘Hub’ a new space introduced to the show floor, underlining  organiser of the Showman’s Show, Lance Show & Publications Limited, commitment to promoting sustainable best practice.

On the agenda for the meeting is a keynote session from Ben Robinson, director of From the Fields, who will share his experience of engaging the Bluedot Festival audience with their mission values and sustainability goals. A session on industry updates and innovations such as the launch of NCASS’s new trader carbon calculator and re-launch of food waste project 8th Plate, developments in solar lighting, Julie’s Bicycle on their Creative Green Certification and the latest research on using biofuels at events, and how festivals are turning travel emissions into renewable energy with charity Energy Revolution will also be discussed.

In addition, delegates will be able to participate in roundtable discussions with industry experts on key topics for reducing environmental impacts. Read the full programme HERE.

Amongst the 60 festivals expected to attend are representatives from:  Hay Festival, Green Belt, Brainchild, Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Always the Sun, Wheels & Fins, The Green Gathering, Towersey Festival, Shambala, T in the Park, Download, Wireless, EDC, V Festival, Creamfields, Electric Picnic, Swingamajig, Starry Skies, Just So Festival, Leeds, Reading, Lambeth Country Show, Bluedot, Kendall Calling, Off the Record, Electric Fields, Live from Jodrell Bank, Eat Festivals, Port Eliot, Fling Festival, 3 Foot People, Elderflower Fields, Redfest and Cambridge Folk Festival. 

Learn more about Festival Vision: 2025 HERE.

A Greener Festival Assessor Training Now Online

A Greener Festival are making their environmental assessor training available to a global audience for the first time through a new short online course offered with Falmouth University and CEG Digital.

Established in 2007, A Greener Festival gives its award to festivals, events and venues, which demonstrate sustainability with a significant focus on environmental impacts. Festival assessors will be trained to provide independent site assessment, verification and certification of environmental actions and to undertake on-site visits before and during the event.

The course is now open for student applications ahead of an October start. Find out more details and apply HERE.

‘Pee Power’ UWE project at Glastonbury Festival

This year Glastonbury Festival used ‘Pee Power’ urinals developed by The University of the West of England (UWE) to create electricity that powered a mobile phone charging station, internal lighting and information panels onsite. The project is part of 5-year partnership between Glastonbury Festival and UWE in which they will work together on waste reduction and energy efficiency as well as showcasing the Pee Power technology in advance of trials in refugee camps and schools in developing countries.

Pee Power works via stacks of microbial fuel cells that use urine as a fuel for direct electricity generation. Teams of scientists were onsite at Glastonbury Festival to explain the technology and engage visitiors with the project. UWE students were also onsite to research energy efficiency measures in collaboration with festival power providers, stage production teams and mobile traders.

Learn more about the Pee Power project HERE.

Tower light advice: Cut fuel bills and CO2 with the right lights

Talking to your supplier about choosing the right tower light can help you reduce event CO2 emissions, save you money and cut noise pollution. Here’s how:

Go renewable: Hybrid tower light models are now commonly available in the hire market. Ask your supplier about efficient LED and solar tower lights to cut your fuel bill.

Get PRI sensors: These sensors automatically switch tower lights on/off according to light levels, i.e. at dusk/dawn. Some sensors will also automatically turn on the lights when they detect movement – saving energy and fuel.

Save on hire costs: Some tower lights can double up as small generators and provide power for low wattage applications like LED festoon or small security tents etc, which are often in remote areas of the festival site, saving you from hiring in a separate generator.

Cut noise pollution: Probably the best & most eco-friendly model currently on the market is the Bruno hybrid LED lighting tower (pictured). It provides a comparable light output to a standard unit and offers substantial fuel savings. Thanks to the battery pack it runs without engine assistance during the night, helping to reduce noise pollution.

There is a slight premium for tower lights with these features, but these costs are potentially mitigated by fuel savings & the reductions in both emissions & noise pollution.

Thanks to event power company SMART Power Ltd for the tower light advice. For more details you can contact them here.

Vision:2025 Festivals in the Press: Access All Areas

Meaningful Hedonism: “Collaboration is key to fulfilling the Festival Vision 2025 Pledge and we’re keen to keep proving that meaningful hedonism and environmental ethics can go hand-in-hand.”

For its June edition Access All Areas Magazine headed to Swingamajig to talk to Chris Johnson, Chair of Powerful Thinking, about sustainability at Swingamajig and Shambala Festival, and how projects Energy Revolution, Powerful Thinking and Festival Vision: 2025 are working to build communities of festivals, audiences and suppliers committed to working together to create positive change and a more environmentally sustainable festival industry.

Read the full article at Access All Areas.

Festival Vision:2025 @ The Showman’s Show 2017

Building on the success of January’s inaugural Festival Vision: 2025 event at the Festival Supplier Awards , we are inviting all Vision:2025 Festivals to SAVE THE DATE for an Autumn meeting on 18 October 2017 at The Showman’s Show.

The upcoming session will be another chance to share information, gain practical insights on energy management, and discuss key issues with other Vision Festivals, energy and waste experts, and suppliers who offer sustainable solutions.

Not signed up? You can sign your Festival up to Vision:2025 by taking the pledge to aim to reduce your event’s CO2.  JOIN NOW:  www.festivalvision2025.net.

You can register for The Showman’s Show HERE.

Vision:2025 Festivals win Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Awards

Congratulations to Shambala Festival and Festival Republic for their recognition in Julie’s Bicycle’s Creative Green Awards last month.

Festival Republic won Best Creative Group and Shambala scooped a double win, receiving both the Best Festival and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Inspiring stuff!

The awards were presented at Somerset House on the Tuesday 25th April by Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion.

The Creative Green Award is the only pan arts award recognising the contribution of the creative industries to climate change, and celebrates over 50 arts organisations undertaking Creative Green certification in 2016/17.

Running since 2009, Creative Green is a certification enabling venues, museums & galleries, festivals and offices to assess their environmental commitment, understanding and improvement.  With over 250 Creative Green certificates awarded this is the only scheme designed specifically for the cultural sector.

Full details on the Julie’s Bicycle news pages.

Powerful Thinking to Launch Sustainable Supplier List

A key factor in the journey to more sustainable events is finding power suppliers who are also committed to finding sustainable solutions.

To help build a community of suppliers and event organisers with aligned values, Powerful Thinking is compiling a list which highlights the many UK suppliers that offer sustainable approaches and equipment.

We intend to host inventory of suppliers as an online resource for event professionals, and also to signpost it from the recently launched online Powerful Thinking Guide 2017.

The supplier list will be shared directly with the 50 plus Vision Festivals, that have pledged to work together to reduce their environmental impacts, and with our wider database of over 2,500 event professionals.

To find out how to be part of the Powerful Thinking Supplier List contact: bethan@powerful-thinking.org.uk