In 2015, Willwork was awarded the Green Communities Committee's "Greenest of Easton" award for helping to protect the environment. Here are a few pointers we'd like to pass along to those of you who are trying to make your exhibitions and events more environmentally friendly.
Pick your venue
Hosting an environmentally friendly event starts with the right setting. Do your research and reserve space at an LEED-certified venue.
Will you be using a lot of lights at your exhibition? Install LED lightbulbs – they operate using 75 percent less energy, according to the Department of Energy. This creates savings, as well as cuts down on the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions because of your event.
Reduce and reuse
Market the event online through email and social media to cut down on the amount of paper needed. When printing flyers, use Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, which is 100 percent recycled and amounts to an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions per ton, the David Suzuki Foundation reported.
Are you serving food at your event? Source locally to cut down on carbon emissions generated from transport. Food bought from larger corporations generally tends to have a higher greenhouse gas emission because of the distance it needs to travel.
Don't throw away leftovers
Donate leftovers to a local charity. Food waste sent to landfills creates methane – a greenhouse emission 21 times worse than carbon dioxide, according to Feeding America.
Recycle as much as possible
Decorate with green in mind. Stay away from products that will be used once and thrown away, and gravitate toward those that can be re-used or recycled. Metal extrusion systems offer strong structure with great design flexibility and can be reconfigured and re-used for years. Steel, corrugated cardboard and plastic can all be recycled, but it's up to you to figure out how to use them at your event over other non-recyclable products