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Sustainability forum

Inspired by GOLDOC’s commitment to delivering an environmentally sustainable Games, a stakeholder forum was held in November 2017 where representatives from the Gold Coast’s events community discussed ways to drive greater sustainability across their activities.

In contemplating how the Gold Coast may promote environmentally responsible events delivery, the participants discussed how a roadmap for change might be built around the following aspirations for events hosted on the Coast:

  • Events leaders talking about their sustainability practices (focussing on environmental management and social inclusion)
  • Community groups getting involved in events
  • Buying local
  • Recycle points incorporated into waste management
  • Biodegradable packaging used for food and beverages, and avoiding plastic
  • Encouraging use of tap water and discouraging sale of bottled water
  • Contract requirements for recycling
  • Applying policies for inclusion
  • Suppliers having waste management plans
  • Innovative accessibility initiatives e.g. dim lights, no noise take-a-break space
  • Leveraging the reputation of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as a sustainable world class event
  • Providing bike parking
  • Encouraging public or active transport.

Working together, these stakeholders want to build the city's reputation as an events destination that values environmental sustainability in order to protect its natural environment.

Visit the Businesses embedding sustainability initiative page to find out more about delivering sustainable events.

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GC2018’s leadership in sustainability provided a best practice example for other global and local events.

GC2018 demonstrated a leading model for sustainable event delivery

  • Implementation of a sustainable events management system using the best practice ISO 20121 and Global Reporting Initiative Framework

GC2018 was a platform to unite Commonwealth countries on sustainability related issues

  • GC2018 demonstrated sustainability in action, raised awareness and can lead to behavioural change