Well first an introduction, as the newbie guest blogger in the DECC space.
I’m Rick Storey, from Eco Action Partnership, a sustainability consultancy set up to offer advice and practical solutions to events and companies wishing to engage and reduce their environmental impacts and carbon footprints. We promote the use of renewables wherever possible, and write and implement environmental, travel, waste and energy policies as well as carrying out carbon audits. These are essential in showing actual impacts and potential areas of concerns, which can then be minimised and reduced through the process of taking simple practical steps and also involving longer-term strategies over future years and subsequent events.
We’ve worked with very small clients, like the beautiful two day Camley Street Apple Festival on the London Wildlife Trust’s secret site behind Kings Cross station, which attracts around 400 visitors and promotes everything, well, apple-related really – through to the annual Isle of Wight music festival of 65,000 people for which we are entirely responsible for the sustainability and eco initiatives carried out both on and off the site.
We’ve previously worked with DECC, both on the IOW festival and also on the Road to Copenhagen road show tour, promoting green issues and engaging people to garner their support and opinion before the conference talks took place in 2010. Our work has also seen involvement with the British Council and UNICEF as well as a number of more mainstream and corporate clients.
Right now, we’re involved in a couple of campaigns, inspired by our work out in the field on festivals and our love of the environment, and both are the subject of my up and coming blogs which you’ll be able to read here on the DECC blog site.
The first addresses the problem of the rubbish left behind after large events, especially tents and associated equipment. It is a staggering and very sad sight to see so much waste, so our campaign Love Your Tent was set up to look at the issues and to deal with the solutions to this international problem.
The second comes from our, well mine really, love of bees. In 2008/09 we ran a campaign through the IOW festival called Give Bees a Chance, highlighting the plight of honey and bumblebees and focusing on a specific site on the island. This ran for two years before completion, and then, with Sir Paul McCartney headlining the festival in 2010 and giving his blessing and support, we formed the second campaign looking at how the solitary bee influences pollination and once again focusing our attention on a beautiful site on the island. We called this the Let it Bee campaign.
I’m looking forward to your comments on what we’ve achieved so far on these, and other similar subjects that we encounter daily in our work, as we strive to spread the word of sustainability within this interesting and particularly challenging industry.