The Event Greening Forum (EGF) NPO was created to drive the adoption of sustainable practices within the business events industry. One way it does this is through educational opportunities, such as its upcoming virtual Master Class on how events can be managed both safely (in light of limiting the transmission of the coronavirus) and sustainably.

Many sustainability practices can responsibly co-exist with, and even support, the new health and safety protocols.

“There has been a knee-jerk reaction to get the industry going again since it was shut down, which is completely understandable,” says EGF Chair Greg McManus. “But we mustn’t disregard the progress and importance of sustainability in this process. We can’t use COVID-19 as an excuse for bad corporate practice.”

He adds that many sustainability practices can responsibly co-exist with, and even support, the new health and safety protocols as outlined in the Event Safety Council’s (ESC) Re-Opening Guidelines – a document that was created in in collaboration with the broader events industry through the SA Events Council.

Event details

The Master Class will be held on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 from 10:00-12:30.

Attendees are encouraged to participate during the live stream, but an on-demand recording will also be made available afterwards.

What will be covered

An overview of what sustainable event practices you can safely implement while adhering to the Re-Opening Guidelines;
Special attention will be given to those areas that pose the biggest sustainability risks, so you can focus on having the greatest positive impact through your actions;
Case studies of effective sustainable event practices during COVID-19 from around the world will be shared.

The aim is to prepare event industry professionals for the new normal for sustainable events.


Greg McManus, the EGF Chair, will present the Master Class. He has over forty years’ experience working in the tourism and hospitality sector. He is the owner of Heritage, South Africa’s only independent sustainability certification company, and is actively involved in environmental certification and the development of standards and quality management systems in tourism – including the development of the EGF’s Minimum Standards for Sustainable Events. He is currently working with the ESC to include critical event greening practices into version 2 of the Re-Opening Guidelines.

More speakers will be announced soon.

Who should attend

All professionals in the event supply chain, from venues and organisers to suppliers and service providers.


Participation is free to all EGF members (up to a maximum of five staff per member company), and R300 per delegate for non-members.

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