2010-2011 ESCI-UPF (University, sustainability): ESCI-Events: ESCI-Events: Waste prevention and reduction into event organisation, developed by UNESCO Chair and Cyclus.
The challenge of our client
The organisation of conferences, small and medium-size meetings, workshops and other types of events, has become an increasingly important contributor to environmental impact. Universities are no exception, being responsible for holding conferences, lectures, graduation ceremonies and other tutorial activities addressed at both the students and the academic community.
ESCi is currently working towards implementing greening principles in the organisation of all its events, following a life cycle perspective. Specifically, this paper presents and discusses the first phase of the 'Greening Events' project, which ESCi is undertaking in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change.
The 'Greening Events' project, funded by the Catalan Recycling Centre of the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC), aims at implementing a waste prevention strategy during the preparation and celebration of all the events that take place at ESCi's premisses, focusing in all those areas that have a potential impact on waste generation (documentation, publicity, registration, catering, exhibitions and lecturing among others). It is an ongoing project that started in September 2010 and finished in June 2011.
To develop the waste prevention strategy for event organisation, different activities have been carried out with the aim of identifying the critical areas that produce an environmental impact (and therefore the generation of waste), and that will need to have the greening principles implemented.
Los servicios de Eventos Sostenibles de Cyclus Vitae cuentan con el apoyo del Fondo Social Europeo y del Subprograma INNCORPORA (línea INNCORPORA-TU) del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.