AIF Presents: Sustainability Training Day

06 Feb 2019

Following on from 2018’s #DrasticOnPlastic campaign, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce a sustainability training day to offer festival organisers practical tips and information on running a greener and more environmentally sustainable event.

This intimate training day will cover topics including green riders, energy supply & consumption, reducing pointless plastics, reusable cup systems and eco wristbands, food waste, communicating sustainability and more, through a combination of quick fire talks and in depth group-based workshops.

Tickets are now onsale, priced at £90+ BF  general sale, £45+ BF  for AIF Members. Members – please contact Phoebe to claim your discount code.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by ID&C Wristbands.

Ticket price includes lunch – please indicate any dietary requirements when purchasing your ticket.

WHEN:Monday 4th March, 11am – 5pm
WHERE:Wilton’s Music Hall, Grace’s Alley, Whitechapel, London, E1 8JB

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For further information, please email

Speakers announced:


Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle)
Easy Rider? The environmental impact of touring and green clauses in tech & hospitality riders

Chiara has worked across JB’s programmes since 2012 as a researcher, facilitator, event producer, and project manager on initiatives including the international Creative Climate Leadership course; the EU co-funded EE MUSIC: energy efficient music culture programme; Arts Council England environmental partnership; festival industry think-do tankPowerful Thinking; and working on consultancy projects with the BRIT Awards, Village Underground, and Greater London Authority. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences/History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and has previously worked in arts PR and for music and arts festivals.

Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. Established in 2007 by the UK music industry, Julie’s Bicycle has established itself as an internationally trusted expert and advocate running a rich programme of events, free resources, research, consultancy, training, community-building, and advocacy.


Mark Laurie (NCASS)
Food For Thought: food waste, sustainable policies and managing traders

Mark is a Director of the Nationwide Caterers Association, with a specific responsibility to interact with numerous government departments, regulators and industry stakeholders.

He co-founded Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham’s first and most popular street food event and has consulted on countless other street food businesses and market start-ups, including most recently the Hong Kong Government.

He has a special interest in food waste and sustainability which led him to co-found the 8th Plate project which salvaged 27.5 tonnes of uncooked waste food to create 55,000 meals for distribution to people living in food poverty. He believes that food can and should nourish physically but also socially and culturally, and that good healthy food choices and information should be available to all.


Mary Corfield (Greenbelt Festival)
Speaking From Experience: easy, practical steps to managing festivals more sustainably

Mary Corfield is Event Director of Greenbelt Festival and a charity sector Events Consultant, with a real passion for making events sustainable, both front and back of house. She believes in the power of events to inspire people to make positive changes.


Tim Benson (ZAP, SMART Power, Powerful Thinking)
Fight the Power: a guide to saving fuel and monitoring energy

Tim Benson is the Founder & Production Director of SMART Power Ltd, a specialist power company delivering renewable power solutions for live events. He is also an Energy & Environmental Consult with ZAP Concepts UK & Ireland. Tim further heads up the UK chapter of the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) & is a founder member of the event industry think-do-tank Powerful Thinking. He guest lectures at a number of academic institutions across the UK & is also a regular speaker on the event industry conference circuit, hosting panels & delivering keynotes for the likes of AEO, AGF, C&IT, Event Tech Live, HAE, ADE NL & Showman’s Show.



Christine Dent (Kambe Events/Shambala)
Good Cup, Bad Cup: the secrets to making the reusable cup system work

Christine Dent (Event Production & Resource manager for Kambe Events/Shambala Festival) will talk about the re -usable cup scheme at festivals. With a focus on the management of the scheme, Christine will talk through how it works, the successes of the scheme and also some of the challenges that festivals could face when incorporating the scheme, with some real examples. Christine has experience managing the re-usable cup scheme at Port Eliot Festival (multiple bar providers) and Swingamajig Festival (one day event) and oversees the resource aspect of the cup scheme at Shambala Festival.