Without Walls and A Greener Festival Training Registration 2021

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Environmental Sustainability in Outdoor Events

Wednesday 20th and Wednesday 27th October 2021

Over two 3-hour sessions this online training delivered by A Greener Festival (AGF) will develop participants’ understanding of how to make their outdoor events more environmentally sustainable, exploring a range of key topics.
The training is primarily aimed at outdoor events organisers from the Without Walls festival network, which currently includes over 30 regional and national organisations delivering outdoor arts events and festivals.

About A Greener Festival

A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company, committed to helping events, festivals, and venues around the world to become more sustainable and to reduce environmental impacts. As pioneers in event sustainability since the first research in 2005, AGF provide certification, training, expertise, and facilitate the exchange of best practice.


Each session will be delivered on Microsoft Teams using a combination of presentation, discussion, and practical exercises. Participants will also receive a list of suggested further reading.

Session 1 – Wednesday 20th October 2-5PM

  •  Legal Framework and Policy

Outline the legislation, regulation, and self- regulation. The session provides the context for current environmental practice in the arts and performance event industry.

  • Procurement

The materials and services we buy, hire or rent are an integral part of reducing the environmental impacts of our events. The session will also look at Ethical Procurement Policy and issues such as scenography, reusables and food will be discussed.

  • Behaviour Change and Communications

Good communications about our own sustainable practices can help in changing the behaviour not only of our audiences but of all our stakeholders. We discuss examples of good and bad communications and the impact this can have on behaviour change to more sustainable practices.

  • Travel and Transport

Of all the environmental impacts created by staging our live events, travel and transport creates the largest CO2e emissions. Using practical examples, we discuss a range of approaches to reduce your event’s travel emissions.


Session 2 – Wednesday 27th October 2-5PM

  • Solid Waste and Recycling

The waste created by our events is the most visible environmental impact of all. Starting with the waste hierarchy we look at how to reduce and manage our waste streams, what happens to our event waste once it leaves the venue and examine some of the claims made by waste contractors.

  • Circularity and the Circular Event

The idea of the circular event is a recent development. We explain the principles, look at how it connects to current legislation and procurement policy discussed in the first session and provide examples of circularity in practice at live events and festivals.

  • Sustainability Management and Reporting

AGF was the first to develop the criteria and reporting system for assessing and managing the environmental impact of live events back in 2006. Using extracts from our assessment criteria we take you through an exercise in assessing a live outdoor arts festival. The knowledge you have gained from the topics in both sessions will be drawn upon to evaluate your own event’s environmental impact.