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How we can help make your event more environmentally-friendly

19 August 2019

Are you interested in making your event both successful and more environmentally responsible?

Coro VibesCome along to our information evening "Greening Your Event" and learn some tips on how to reduce the environmental impacts your event is bringing to the Coromandel.

The information is facilitated by our Council and will give event organisers more knowledge about:

  • Alternative recycling methods - waste and resource use
  • Four phases of planning an event sustainably (planning, before, during and after)
  • Assessing environmental impacts

"Event greening makes good business sense and can mean a better experience for everyone involved," says Kirstin Richmond, our Council's District Events coordinator. "We're also fielding more inquiries from event organisers about how they can run things more sustainably, which is why this workshop will be really helpful."

The guest speaker is Susa Wilson, who cut her teeth on resource recovery in 2002 when she was offered the Waste Education Manager position at Xtreme Waste (now Xtreme Zero Waste), the community enterprise based in Whaingaroa/Raglan.

After an apprenticeship in all things rubbish and recycling Susa took the kaupapa to Auckland City Council before running New Zealand's Community Waste Network and eventually landing a sustainability role at the Waikato Regional Council. These days Susa runs a land and tree care company with her husband while raising her two primary-aged children and a 700-odd piece garlic crop. Despite retiring from waste to have her babies Susa just can't seem to stop talking a load of rubbish.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 3 September, 7pm-9pm, in the Mercury Bay Community Board room, 10 Monk Street, Whitianga.

"Further workshops are being arranged for Whangamata and Thames prior to Christmas," says Miss Richmond.

To register, or for more information email

One example of an event working towards environmentally sustainable practices is Coro Vibes who are using Why Waste to help with reduction of solid waste at their event. Coro Vibes is an epic festival of wellness, which aims to uplift the mind, body and soul with fresh Coromandel flavours, inspirational speakers and live NZ music. Grab your tickets here.