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10 | Ignitemag.ca | Sustainable Events July 2022 More LEARN NUMBER CRUNCHERS There are several carbon emissions calculators: the one that's best for your event depends on your goals and event details. Many are tied to carbon offset services or charge a fee. It's important to use the same one from year to year to properly track your progress. A couple to get you started: The Events Emissions Calculator from the Princeton Student Climate Initiative allows very detailed inputs on event aspects such as food, drink and materials. LEARN MORE The Digital Event Carbon Calculator acknowledges that while virtual events are greener, they do have a carbon footprint that should be tracked. LEARN MORE "We need to speak a sustainable language within our industry. Don't ask 'What water options do I have?' Instead, say, 'What sustainable beverage options do you offer?' The language has to be more inclusive of sustainability." —Natalie Lowe "Sometimes people think sustainability is about leaving a legacy for our children. It is partly about that, but we also need to recognize that the impact of sustainability is affecting us today. It's a business issue. It's a health issue. And, it's not something that we can put on hold." —Mariela McIlwraith USEFUL RESOURCES The Events Industry Council's (EIC) Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact: Find the newly enhanced Sustainable Event Standards, a set of eight standards designed to assess events and industry suppliers in support of environmental and social responsibility. LEARN MORE The Sustainable Events Forum: This Canadian organization offers resources, events, workshops and education to empower event professionals to create sustainable events. LEARN MORE Project Drawdown: A trustworthy source of information whose mission is "to help the world reach 'drawdown'—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible." LEARN MORE

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