June 17, 2011

Greening Events Final Report

Filed under: General — dhiom @ 1:26 pm

The final report of the Greening Events project is available as a PDF file.

Executive Summary

The Greening Events project conducted an exploratory investigation into how to reduce the negative sustainability impacts of planned academically related events (such as conferences and seminars, training, administrative and project related events) whilst gaining the maximum benefit from them. It also focused on the role that digital technologies could play in helping to reduce the negative sustainability impacts of these kinds of events. The project was divided into two related strands:

Systemic Impact Investigation

This aimed to explore a way to understanding the sustainability related impacts of academically related events from a system wide perspective – rather than only the direct impacts of an event – and so possible options for reducing their overall negative impacts. A broad range of methods were used to gain insight into:

  • the nature of the systems of which academic events are a part
  • approaches to modelling, representing and communicating the systemic impacts that events have at present
  • approaches to modelling, simulating, representing and communicating the impacts of any changes to the practices related to events

Event Tools

This aimed to explore the potential for using mobile and web-based information services to support event attendees to make more effective use of public transport, cycling and walking options.  The project developed and trialled a range of tools to support physical events and assess to what extent better information and better use of commonly available technologies (such as mobile phones) could improve the sustainability of a wide range of physical academic events. The project built on the software tools produced by previous JISC-funded work (the CREW and Mobile Campus Assistant projects) at the ILRT and trialled them with real academic events.

The underlying goal of the project was to begin to identify and map out on a wide-scale the key issues, factors, initiatives, gaps in knowledge and understanding, defined by the intersection of events, sustainability issues and event enabling ICT.   Given the wide scope and complexity of this area the project findings report (Rethinking Events) aims to give a flavour of the issues and opportunities associated with ‘greening events’ rather than a comprehensive review. An Annotated Bibliography was also produced to provide a set of starting points for those interested in taking these issues further.  Other appendices include a synthesis of Green Event Guidelines and the findings from the Greening Event User Research.

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