The Complete Sustainable Events Course returns for second edition | Meetings & Incentive Travel

The Complete Sustainable Events Course returns for second edition | Meetings & Incentive Travel

There's still time for eventprofs to enrol on this year's edition of The Complete Sustainable Events Course.

Delivered by The Meetings Show, the six-week online course for event and meeting professionals who want to drive their organisation's sustainability strategy starts on Monday 26 September.

Now in its second year, the course is CPD accredited and has a +41 NPS score. It’s delivered by Fyre Festival survivor Andy King, co-founder of an experiential marketing company that focuses on environmental innovation, social impact, carbon reduction and community, who will kick off each week with stories from his 30 year career in events, and Anna Abdelnoor, co-founder of isla, a non-profit organisation focusing on a sustainable future for events, who will provide in-depth learning for each module, alongside a host of sustainability experts.

“The world is falling apart around us,” said Andy King. “We all need to be driving positive change through each event that we host. It’s the right thing to do.”

Anna Abdelnoor said: “We’ve seen huge appetite for knowledge on sustainability topics, from carbon measurement and offsetting to circular economies and thinking locally to act globally. Whether project coordinators or senior leadership – there’s a recognition that we each need to become sustainability ‘experts’ within our own remit, for the future of our industry and for our planet. We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with The Meetings Show to deliver this course, making sustainability learning a core part of ongoing professional development.”

There are six online modules to complete, with topics such as stakeholder engagement, the circular economy, sourcing, offsetting, travel, and smart menu designs. All modules are pre-recorded, with a new one released each Monday, so they can be watched on-demand from anywhere in the world.

Attendees are fully supported throughout the six weeks with two live Q&As, accompanying literature and resources for each module, and via the online chat function, which can be used to communicate with other students. 

Those taking part in the course will also get a chance to experience TRACE by isla, the carbon measurement platform for sustainable events, empowering eventprofs to measure, reduce and report the impact of their events.

At the end of the course, there is the option to create a carbon report and receive actionable feedback from the isla team. The report is optional and all students will receive a certificate of completion at the end.

Lene Corgan, head of business development - business events at Copenhagen Convention Bureau, said: "The most valuable thing I learnt was how important it is for the entire supply chain to be on the sustainability journey. The course gave me a better understanding of what is required of event planners to make their events sustainable, and how we as suppliers must be able to provide them with the data that they need to track and reduce their footprint."

Megan Urwin, account executive at First Event, said: "Now that the industry is seeing a huge rise in live and hybrid events, it is vital that sustainability is at the forefront of the event planning process. As we know, events can generate an extraordinary amount of waste, leave a large footprint and use finite resources that, put simply, the earth cannot afford to spare."

It costs just £595+VAT to enrol, with competitive rates for group bookings too. If you would like to book for two or more members of your team, please contact Ross Barker: [email protected]

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