We help you produce your events sustainably.
We help you use your platform to do good in the world.
What we do
Event sustainability management
Since 2009 GreenShoot Pacific has helped many events organisers on their sustainability journey.
We are specialist sustainability advisors providing strategic services, systems, solutions and training in the events and sports sectors.
We guide our clients through tailored services identifying and addressing potential economic, environmental, and social issues to reduce negative impacts and enhance positive outcomes and legacies.
Meegan and her team of specialist consultants are pioneers in event sustainability, bringing this topic to the table of the events and sports sectors since 2005.
The team has extensive experience globally, working with events on all continents. This truly global approach helps clients to know what best practice really means.
Lightweight & Tailored
Anchored and guided by experts with years of industry experience, we tailor a team of trusted professionals to deliver bespoke solutions for all our clients.
How we can help you
If you have a team of highly skilled events professionals and you want the whole sustainability approach to be truly embedded, we can be a sounding board and guide. We often work with Event Production Managers who are building in the approach to sustainability management, and help fill the knowledge gap. This is a terrific short-cut, preventing busy events professionals from having to do the heavy lifting. But being lead by your team, the final result is speaking your language and integrated into your systems.
You may have the staff resources and skills to do the doing, but not sure on the strategic approach.
We can run sessions with your team to develop a strategic approach to sustainability, and understanding what sustainability means to you and your stakeholders.
This could include working out what's your 'real' purpose when it comes to doing good in the world. Or it might be a more systematic approach, where we define the way you'll categorise and identify the various sustainability topics and themes. We can help you to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We'll work with you to implement your sustainability strategy, creating your framework, systems and action planning. We would run a gap analysis to start the planning process. We'll create project management plans, operational procedures, checklists for easy implementation, communications plans, and setting objectives/KPIs/targets and measurement systems. We'll build competency in your team, teaching them how to integrate sustainable practices into their planning and delivery. We can talk with sponsors, communications, venues, contractors, suppliers. We can even be there on event day to run programme elements (like vendor liaison, managing the waste contractor, taking measurements) or just to ensure all the sustainability-related plans are running smoothly.
Using your platform for good is the end game in event sustainability. The rest is housekeeping! We will work with you to bring to life what matters to you and your stakeholders, through your event. This, importantly means the event is reflecting community values, and enhancing your social license to operate. Now more than ever, every event must have an authentic purpose built in.
We help develop the event's performance measurement system, which allows you to confidently report your impact to stakeholders. This includes developing the framework or running the data collection and analysis. We provide sustainability reporting, including interpretation of results and ongoing improvement opportunities.
We are able to support your GRI Reporting approach also.
Proving you've met best practice standards is essential in sustainability. We can help identify the relevant certifications or reporting protocols that your event should meet. This could include GHG reporting, event sustainability management systems (ISO 20121), GRI, or local eco-label certifications.
And of course, if you simply want to skill up your team, we have self-paced online training with our other project the Institute of Sustainable Events. Or we can tailor workshops and in-house training for your staff, or even your vendors, partners, sponsors and host cities. Start training.
why we do it
We’ve been there
Twenty years ago our consultants were hi-vis wearing, enthusiastic environmentalists, business managers, marketers, event co-ordinators. We learnt our skills in the field as well as at the books. Early in our careers we recognised not only can we make massive improvements in the environmental impacts of the events we were working on, but also we could use them a messaging beacon. And so each of us just started. We badgered our event directors until they let us put in solar, water recovery systems, compost loos, recycling and onsite composting, reusables systems and all that you see at events today. Over two decades we have each honed our expertise and now we share it with our clients.
We wrote the book!
After developing systems and solutions for festivals and events, Meegan put pen to paper. First she authored the 'model event' programme at Peats Ridge Festival, and then after several years working with Festival Republic in the UK on sustainability management with Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Latitude Festivals, she decided it was time to write all her learnings and those of other pioneer colleagues and events into what is now the industry bible.
Now in its third edition, Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide offers discussion and thought-provoking insight into the areas of environmental and social responsibility in event management and production. It takes you and your event on a journey towards sustainably produced events with tips, production logistics, projects to undertake and practical solutions to common challenges.
Purchase the book from the publisher’s website or try Amazon, your local bookstore, library or online retailer.
Professional Development training
Since 2009 GreenShoot Pacific has trained more than 1000 industry professionals in sustainable event management in a face to face setting. We still provide bespoke in-house training for larger events teams, however our training is now mostly focussed in an online format.
The Institute for Sustainable Events has online, self paced training in Sustainable Event Management, including:
- Sustainability Fundamentals
- Strategy, Policy and Framework
- Events with Purpose
- Towards Zero Waste
- Climate Responsible Events
- ISO 20121 Implementation
- ISO 20121 Auditing
Meet the team
When you bring GreenShoot Pacific on to help you, you'll likely be working with Meegan, Cameron or Dave. We expand our team with a network of trusted and highly specialised experts in specific topics as needed.
Meegan is a recognised global leader in sustainability for the events and sports sectors, and is author of Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide. She has worked on some of the biggest events in the world, and she initiates or participates in global working groups and think tanks for sustainability and events. She is chair of Sustainable Event Alliance.
Director - New Zealand
Dave is a creative thinker and problem solver, committed to enable positive, lasting change for the events, businesses and communities he engages with. Dave has been working with leading events in New Zealand and with the sustainable business network. Dave also comes to GreenShoot Pacific with 20 year's experience in the New Zealand film production industry.
We're ready to help!
If you think you can do with a hand, please reach out.
We'd love to help you on your sustainability journey.
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