Event Cornwall greens up event industry

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A course exploring eco-friendly and sustainable event management has been developed by Event Cornwall and University College Falmouth.

The equivalent to MA-level pilot module in Sustainable Event Management examines the impacts of live music and events on the environment, ethical processes and carbon footprints of large projects.

It also looks beyond the environmental impact by exploring market opportunities, sustainable funding and viability of events.

The course has been piloted through Education 360, a University College Falmouth initiative, funded through HERDA’s Higher Level Skills Pathfinder project, which is aimed at offering higher education opportunities to businesses.

Event Cornwall director Claire Eason-Bassett said: “There’s no denying that large events can have a significant impact on the environment with their use of resources, creation of waste and carbon emissions through audiences travelling to the site.

“But we’re also very interested in creating events that grow sustainably and responsibly. There are so many arts and creative events out there so we want to explore the markets in which they operate.”

The pilot module is being delivered over three tutorial days with additional research and distance learning.

There is also opportunity for students to get involved with live events, such as the City of Lights parade, Truro’s highest profile event which attracts 20,000 visitors each year.

Areas of study include:

·      Developing sustainable management practices

·      Impact of events and calculating their carbon footprint

·      Ethics of sustainability

·      Financial viability and ethical decision making

Rick Rogers, Business Fellow in Music for University College Falmouth, said: “Event management and work in the music industry is a hugely popular career choice, but it’s very important that we understand what impact this has on the environment.

“Creating sustainable events that audiences can continue to enjoy year after year is the key to the future development of this industry.”