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10 Tips for Sustainable Event Planning


U2 performs in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in 2009.  While the concert was free, you can bet the environmental impact wasn't.
U2 performs in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in 2009. While the concert was free, you can bet the environmental impact wasn't.
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Back in 2009 the band U2 drew a lot of complaints -- and even protestors -- for the enormous carbon footprint left behind from their world tour that took them to 44 venues around the world. While the band expressed hopes of offsetting their negative environmental impact, a U.K. carbon consultancy claimed that in order to do that, they'd have to plant a whopping 20,118 trees. That's a lot of digging!

But U2's not alone -- events large and small are notorious for generating large amounts of waste, using too much energy and even generating pollution. They can be environmental nightmares. But do they really have to be that? Why not take the steps to make your next event sustainable?

Sustainability's all about being responsible – environmentally, socially and economically. So more than just reducing your negative environmental impact, you can also have a positive impact.

Planning ahead goes a long way toward making an event not only successful, but green, too. The earlier you make sustainability a part of the agenda, the easier it is to implement it. So plan ahead and plan thoroughly. In this list we'll share 10 tips to help make the next event you plan something Mother Earth will approve of.