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Brighton and Hove City Council are celebrating being awarded two international standards for environmental management and sustainable events.
The certificates were awarded for the council’s work on reducing the environmental impact of events in council venues including the Brighton Centre, Hove Town Hall and at outdoor events on council owned land.
Council staff and city stakeholders gathered at the Brighton Centre for the presentation of the world class standards certificates ISO 14001 and ISO 20121 by James Gibb, Chief Executive of AJA Auditors to Ollie Sykes, Deputy Chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee.
Ollie Sykes commented: "Convincing event organisers that they should do things differently to reduce environmental impacts can be a challenge. The Sustainable Events Programme shows how they can do this in a way where everybody wins - local suppliers get more business, people at events get a better experience, the cost of running buildings is reduced and the icing on the cake is that it all helps protect the environment, both locally and globally."
The Sustainable Events Programme has been providing practical support for event organisers for over four years and helps build links between organisers and local suppliers. It also makes targeted investments in buildings to reduce energy and water use, running costs and improve visitors’ experience through new technology such as LED lighting, timers and motion sensors.