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Sustainability Training Day

04 Mar 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM



04 Mar 2019
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley
Whitechapel, E1 8JB United Kingdom
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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.

With speakers confirmed from the likes of Julie’s Bicycle, SMART power, NCASS and Powerful Thinking alongside AIF members including Shambala and Greenbelt, this intimate training day will feature top tips for running a sustainable event. Topics will include: green riders, energy supply & consumption, reducing pointless plastics, reusable cup systems, audience transport, eco wristbands, food waste, communicating sustainability and more, through a combination of quick-fire talks and in-depth group-based workshops.

The training day will take place on Monday 4th March, at Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB, from 11am – 5pm.


AIF Members receive a 50% discount on tickets – please email phoebe@aiforg.com for details on how to claim.

Ticket price includes lunch. Please let us know when booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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

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.

Chris Johnson (Kambe Events/Shambala)
Reducing pointless plastics and the Drastic on Plastic campaign

Chris is Co-Founder, Operations Director and Sustainability lead of Shambala Festival, spending 17 years pioneering green initiatives that tackle food sourcing, plastics, energy, travel and wider environmental impacts.

Chris is a Company Director and Senior Environmental Consultant at Kambe Events, co-founder and chair of Powerful Thinking – the UK’s think-do tank on sustainable energy, and co-founder and trustee of the Energy Revolution charity.

Regular speaker, conference programmer, occasional lecturer and campaigner, Chris has combined an extensive event management history with a passionate commitment and unparalleled experience of delivering sustainable initiatives at events, with local authorities and at industry scale.

Chris is also the Associate for Festivals and Events with Julie’s Bicycle.

George Anger (ID&C Wristbands)
Band on the Run: ID&C and the journey towards eco-friendly wristbands

George Anger is Head of Marketing for ID&C Wristbands. George has over 20 years experience in the digital marketing industry and is at the forefront of product development within ID&C which includes ongoing recycled, recyclable and other sustainable eco-friendly product initiatives. ID&C are the industry leaders in event accreditation, supplying wristbands, lanyards, laminates and many other products to a range of different sectors and industries. Their extensive client list ranges across the UK, Europe & North America.

Bethan Riach (Powerful Thinking)
Another Green World: Green approaches to audience travel

Bethan Riach (Communications Manager for Energy Revolution) discusses the environmental impact of travel at events and about charity Energy Revolution’s mission to supports the live events industry to tackle travel-related carbon emissions. Looking at how UK festivals have successfully used initiatives to reduce emissions in key areas; audience, artists and contractor travel – and how ‘balancing’ or offsetting unavoidable emissions with an investment in renewable energy can be part of a sustainable travel plan.



Introduction and welcome, background on AIF’s sustainability work – Paul Reed (AIF)

Industry update – Chris Johnson (Shambala/Kambe Events)

Quick fire talks (15 minutes):

Speaking from experience: Easy, practical steps to managing festivals more sustainably – Mary Corfield (Greenbelt)

Good cup bad cup: The secrets to making re-usable cup systems work – Christine Dent (Shambala Festival/Kambe Events)

Fight the Power: A guide to saving fuel and monitoring energy – Tim Benson (ZAP/Smart Power/Powerful Thinking)

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

Round Table Sessions (45 minutes):
Two hosted workshops/round tables sessions to dive into the detail and share experiences

Reducing Pointless Plastics and getting Drastic on Plastic – Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival/Kambe Events)

Reusable cup systems – Christine Dent (Shambala Festival/Kambe Events)

Power: Saving fuel and monitoring energy – Tim Benson (SMART Power)

Final Round Table TBC

Focus Topics: 

Food for thought: Food waste, sustainable food policies, managing traders and liability – Mark Laurie (NCASS)

Band on the Run: ID&C and the journey towards eco-friendly wristbands – George Anger (ID&C)

Another Green World: Green approaches to audience travel – Bethan Riach (Powerful Thinking/Energy Revolution)

Help! Resources and tools roundup – a round-up of resources available – Chris Johnson (Shambala/Kambe Events)

What next? Sustainability for the AIF – Paul Reed (AIF)