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Sustainable Events Innovation Fund

The Sustainable Events Innovation Fund provides financial support to eligible groups and organisations to assist in the implementation of environmentally sustainable events and festivals that support the outcomes of the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

South Australia is recognised as the festival State, with events in the City of Adelaide playing a significant role in the liveability and prosperity of the city. The City of Adelaide has a shared vision with the South Australian events industry to be world leaders in the delivery of environmentally sustainable events that influence sustainable event practices worldwide.

Our Strategic Plan 2016-2020 has an objective to “be one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities and a leader in environmental change”. Actions under the Strategic Plan that support this objective include “guidelines will be developed for event organisers of larger community events on Council-operated areas to achieve zero-waste and carbon neutrality”.

The Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan 2016-2020 has a key project to “encourage carbon neutrality and sustainable resource use.”

To achieve this transformative change, the City of Adelaide has a total budget of up to $20,000 to fund sustainable initiatives in the event industry through this innovation fund.

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Applications closed 28 September 2018 at 5pm. There were a number of strong applications and two submissions were awarded funding.

These initiatives have the potential to transform industry and have long lasting positive environmental, community, industry and business benefits. Please join us in congratulating the successful recipients for their initiatives:

Vegan Festival (27-28 October 2018 l Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga)

With funding assistance from Council, the Vegan Festival 2018 played its part by:

  • Mandating compostable, reusable or recyclable packaging for stall holders  
  • Using three bin waste separation to maximise recycling and waste sent to landfill
  • Providing solar phone charging stations to provide a clean, renewable energy options for patrons
  • Educating the community on what being sustainable means
  • Surveying patrons to better understand recycling and environmental impact behaviours, and
  • Reducing personal carbon footprints via conscious consumption.

The second recipient’s initiative is currently under negotiations and will be announced shortly.

For enquiries relating to the Sustainability Events Innovation Fund, or the application and assessment process, please email Sarah Bruns at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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