The Event Greening Forum (EGF) hosted its inaugural Conference on 18 February 2013. It was a well-attended event, attracting people from across the Southern African events industry. Based on its success, the conference will become an annual fixture on the EGFs calendar.

We decided to host the event to tie in with Meetings Africa, the continents leading business tourism show, in order to attract people from the business tourism sector. South Africas tourism sector is leading the way in promoting responsible development. This is what we the EGF – are trying to do too; promote responsible development in South Africas events industry says Justin Hawes, the Chairperson of the EGF. It worked well, as we had a good turn-out and positive response to the conference content.

Speakers at the event were: Climate Reality Leader and founder of Food & Trees for Africa, Jeunesse Park; documentary producer and member of Biomimicry SA, Matthew Rosmarin; and a 17 year old student from Cape Town who has presented at events such as Sustain Our Africa and Ted Youth, Mogamat Dayaan Salie.

The EGF is a non-profit entity that seeks to promote sustainable business practices within the local events industry, with an initial focus on exhibitions, events, conferences and meetings.