It’s important to understand your current impacts, set targets and share your progress with your community to boost morale and inspire others to be proactive.
You can do this by:
- building your community into your decision-making processes
- regularly monitoring your process
- communicating with your people and partners to show what you’re doing.
Explore the ways you can maximise the efficiency of your facilities, should you use them.
If you hire facilities, you can ask the operator what they are already doing and how you can contribute to their agenda, and if you own your facilities, there are many ways to reduce your energy consumption and other impacts, such as:
- Installing energy meters.
- Switching lights and electrical equipment off.
- Using LED bulbs.
- Exploring different energy tariffs/providers.
- Recycling greywater or rainwater.
You can also ask the facilities’ manager what they’re doing to support biodiversity and see if your community can help.
Equally, if you have your own facilities, make the most of your natural environment and support wildlife and nature by leaving grass to grow longer in unused areas, planting wildflowers, or reducing the pesticides or fertilisers you use.
Take time to consider the waste you create and how you can reduce it. Encourage people to repair, recycle or re-use things, consider going paperless where possible and starting a kit and equipment donation scheme.
Consider reducing the single-use plastics you use by providing water-refill stations at your venue and encouraging participants to bring reusable bottles. You can also review at the things you sell and buy and look for sustainable alternatives.
The guide suggests further conscientious ways to make a difference, such as the food and drink offering or transport solutions – explore more here.
Your contribution matters
It may be tempting to think that your individual actions can’t make a difference. Perhaps true if it was only one person, but if everybody acted, it would add up.
It may seem challenging at a time when so many other issues are making it hard for your organisation to survive financially, but a broader scan of the horizon makes it clear how many of these issues are inter-linked.
It’s really important for us to make a promise and take positive action against climate change. This is a fight we have to win and we’re all on the same team, let’s work together to make a difference