If you want to push your sustainability efforts to the next level, you must encourage and actively facilitate your participants’ sustainable behaviour. That is where the biggest impact will be.
This means communicating and engaging with your participants about what it means for them as individuals to travel to a sustainable event and a sustainable city. What role they can play. And how your event and Copenhagen together can give them a new perspective on sustainable living.
As our guests in Copenhagen, we hope your participants will leave our city inspired and encouraged about the future. All actions count. The future is shaped by how we live and behave, the food we eat, the things we use, the ways we get around, the spaces we share, and by how we play, learn and listen to each other. So, in communication and engaging with your participants, we have gathered 10 concrete participant actions and behaviours that can be encouraged to participants:
1. Did you offset your travel or manage to convince your employer to do so?
2. Help us keep track of your plans and attendance in order to reduce the waste of materials and food.
3. Leave the car behind and use your feet or a bicycle. That is also the best way to meet the Copenhageners.
4. Are you busy or tired? The metro is faster and more reliable than a fossil-based vehicle, and Copenhagen is well-connected with four different metro lines in place.
5. Feel free to not fill up the plate and instead have another round at the buffet if you need more.
6. Have you seen our digital platforms? We have made it easy for you so that you can avoid printed materials.
7. BYO (Bring Your Own)! We would love it if you bring your own water bottle and bag - and so would the environment. Leave no waste behind.
8. Do you know how to sort your waste during the event? Ask around or look at the signing on our different trashcans placed around the venue.
9. Being sustainable does also mean engaging in local culture using the city not just as a tourist bus as the locals would do. Have you met the Copenhageners, tried out some Nordic sustainable food or decided which Copenhagen neighbourhood is your favourite yet?
10. Bringing home something from your visit to Copenhagen is awesome but have in mind that it does not have to be material souvenirs. Taking a photo and sharing can be a more sustainable option for bringing home souvenirs.