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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.