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British Science Festival sustainability policy

The British Science Festival is committed to reducing the effect that it has on the local and global environment. We have drawn up a list of ways we will endeavour to achieve this.

1. Registration and accreditation

  • Electronic event registration
  • Lanyards made from recycled materials. Asking participants to return them after the event
  • Use recycled paper and vegetable-based inks for badges.

2. Venue selection & service provision

  • Where possible, choose venues that employ energy- and water-efficient equipment and practices, and schedule heating, ventilating and air conditioning resources around event requirements
  • Eliminate disposable containers, plates, bowls, cups and cutlery.

3. Food and beverages

  • Request organic, locally produced food and beverages to cut transportation emissions.
  • Donate leftover food to local charities
  • Ensure that any seafood served is harvested responsibly
  • Insist on biodegradable food packaging from caterers.

4. Accommodation

  • Provide guests with information about accommodation with environmental certification or with environmental policies and practices
  • Negotiate room blocks with hotels that are within walking distance of the event venue and/or have green policies
  • Ask guests to participate in linen reuse programmes at their hotels. Ask them to switch off lights, televisions and air conditioners or heaters when they leave their rooms
  • Use local accommodation.

5. Transport

  • Encourage people to come to the Festival by public transport, on foot or by bicycle
  • Provide plenty of secure bicycle parking and minimal parking for cars (ensuring there is adequate provision for people with accessibility needs)
  • Use local contractors for equipment for e.g. exhibitions to minimise transportation
  • Explore free/reduced rate passes for public transport.

6. Waste and litter

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible
  • Recruit a team of green volunteers who will help manage the recycling during and after the events
  • Ensure there are adequate and clearly labelled recycling bins which are regularly emptied
  • Ensure Festival stewards check venues have been left clean and tidy after events
  • Minimise harmful emissions at venues from vehicles, generators, cooling units etc.

7. Community

  • Ensure events do not leave a trace or cause distress to neighbours
  • Get neighbours on-board by consulting with them in advance, inviting them or giving them reduced price tickets
  • Consider all of our target audiences and make sure communications appeal to all members of the community by using culturally sensitive language and photos
  • Create programmes which celebrate diversity, culture and heritage.

8. Use the power of others

  • Invite local or national green organisations to take part in the Festival
  • Use and promote the local authority guidelines on recycling or sustainable homes, and provide free materials raising awareness of green initiatives in the locality
  • Encourage organisers/partners to give away freebies such as low-energy light bulbs.

9. Marketing and communications

  • Use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, processed chlorine free and made from 100% post-consumer recycled content
  • Make good use of electronic or paperless communications
  • Include our eco-credentials in all our communications
  • Communicate that the programme and leaflets are printed on 100% recycled paper
  • Give Festival attendees directions to Festival events by public transport, bicycle and foot.