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Christchurch launches sustainable events resource at MEETINGS

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Christchurch launches sustainable events resource at MEETINGS
Christchurch has launched an online resource to help business events planners reduce the impact of their events, debuting the initiative during New Zealand’s national business events trade show, MEETINGS, being held in Wellington this week.

Incorporated into the business events website for Christchurch, the digital resource helps organisers understand where their events’ carbon emissions are coming from, steps they can take to reduce and offset carbon emissions, how to reduce waste and how they can encourage their delegates to reduce their carbon footprint while in Christchurch.

The website also puts a spotlight on Christchurch business events stakeholders who have strong sustainability credentials. Examples include Christchurch Airport, which is one of the leading airports in the world for best-practice carbon reduction, and the city’s new convention centre, Te Pae, which has both a 5 Star NZGBC Green Star Design rating and Toitū Enviromark Gold certification.

“New Zealanders and international visitors value our natural environment, and Christchurch city is making moves to become the most sustainable place possible – especially in its events and conferencing sector where our partners are invested in sustainability,” said ChristchurchNZ’s head of business events, Megan Crum

“As a new city we are innovative, and the city has been redesigned to embrace purposeful business events.  We embrace welcoming visitors to our city through manaakitanga and our commitment to protecting our natural environment (kaitiakitanga).

“We can connect business event organisers to a wide range of suppliers who are passionate and purposeful.

“We are encouraging planners to follow our lead and check the website for inspiration and practical advice on how to make their next events as purposeful, meaningful and sustainable as possible,” she said.

The convention bureau also works with organisers to create more socially inclusive and diverse business events in Christchurch.

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