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June 12, 2009
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Online tool helps Isle of Wight Festival manage sustainability




Eco Action Partnership has been using the new online management system for BS 8901, eventberry, to manage sustainability at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.
 
The festival runs from 12-14 June, and this year features headliners The Prodigy, Stereophonics and Neil Young. Eco Action Partnership has been working with Seventeen Events and an independent carbon auditor to manage sustainability for the event.
 
eventberry has been designed as a consultative tool to create a platform that allows Eco Action Partnership to control and manage its own sustainability with the knowledge that Seventeen is on hand to offer training and expertise on a formal and informal basis.
 
“We are now in the second year of our journey to make the Isle of Wight Festival more sustainable, and we see compliance to BS 8901 as an important part of our environmental credentials in order to see ongoing improvement for the measures we have put in place,” said Juliet Ross-Kelly, director of Eco Action Partnership.

“However, where do you start? Well thanks to Eventberry, we can now manage all aspects of this new standard in one easily accessible programme and be among the first major festival’s to outline their commitment to sustainability by undertaking this process.”
 
Commenting on his work with Eco Action Partnership, Andrew Williams, managing director of Seventeen Events, said: “I feel this is a great example of how modern technology can help make events more sustainable.

“Even though we’re all based in different parts of the country – London, Brighton and the Isle of Wight – we can communicate using the system and record all of the sustainable details necessary to comply with BS 8901. We hope this is the start of an ongoing relationship with Eco Action Partnership. It also demonstrates the power and flexibility of the eventberry system to cope with large and small projects.”
 
To complement eventberry, Seventeen has also published a free-to-download sustainable events guide, which is available at www.seventeenevents.co.uk. This outlines practical steps, which organisers, venues and suppliers can take to make their events more sustainable and includes a checklist of questions to ask potential suppliers.
 
The online system has recently been re-launched with a host of new features, including the ability to compare prospective suppliers. In a first for the sustainable events sector, the basic system is available free to all users. Eco Action Partnership are using the premium service, which offers a highly adaptable, user-friendly service with full consultative support from £499 per project.


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