Sustainable events

Everything you need to know about the environmental impacts of events and what you can do to minimise them.

The University is committed to delivering COVIDSafe events in line with government and health advice. Please ensure COVIDSafe practices are followed in the planning and running of all events on campus by visiting Events and COVID-19 on the University’s Staff Hub.

Events are a fantastic way to engage with a large number of people, make connections, foster collaboration and raise awareness. However, they can cause significant environmental impacts.

In a world where resources are rapidly diminishing and society contributes to excessive (and often unethical) consumption, an area we have the capacity to make significant improvements to our operational sustainability is through the events we run.

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Run a sustainable event on campus

University events range from small meetings that take place every day to large public-facing events like Open Day. Each event we run has the potential to raise awareness about sustainability and help drive positive change.

To learn how to make the next event your organise as sustainable as possible, download and read the Sustainable Events Guide and individual event checklists. The guide and checklists have been developed to help event organisers plan and deliver successful events that minimise negative impacts on the environment and foster positive community relations.

Run a sustainable event at home

Learn how to reduce the environmental impact of your next picnic, barbecue or dinner party by following these tips.

Eight tips for more sustainable events at home

Tell us about your sustainable event

Submit a Sustainable Event case study form to with the opportunity to be recognised for your efforts!

Download the sustainable event case study form

Make the commitment

Follow our guidelines and then record how you went by sending a sustainable events case study form to