Growing up on a farm, I've had a strong relationship with the environment and animals whilst understanding the importance of supporting local businesses. Over the last 25 years the farm I grew up on has moved with the times and now has a field of solar panels, biomass heating system and my family have electric cars.
I am a final year Geography (BA) student at Nottingham University; and the President and Founder of the University of Nottingham Sustainability Society.
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that somebody else will save it."
For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about sustainability; with its beguiling simplicity and flexibility. Sustainability, like many contemporary theories and practices, can be understood in a number of ways: environmentally, socially, culturally, politically and psychologically. It can be adapted and expanded, and in its own right, it can become a philosophy to which we centre our beliefs and our morals about the world, and the way in which we preserve and maintain it for future generations.
I became interested in the concept when I was just nine years old, and I reluctantly watched “The Day After Tomorrow” with my family. After initial unwillingness, I began watching the film, and its themes struck a chord with me. I started to consider the extent of our selfish anthropocentric actions that I, in a fit of angered bewilderment, (and the heavy rain), placed posters around my local area urging people to switch off the lights and to use less water. Of course, as a nine year old struggling to make sense of the world, I was initially captured by the personal-environmental perspective of sustainability; and this inspired my later behaviours. However, as I began to discover more about sustainability, I realised although each individual can make a profound difference; the sustainable movement cannot be a unitary approach, and thus should not be tackled alone. For this reason, amongst many others, I would love to become an Ambassador, and to promote sustainability initiatives and ideas to enhance collective participation in our sustainable movement.
I am currently a final year Environmental Science with Certificate in European Studies student at the University of Nottingham. I come from Bulgaria, where sustainability is not yet a main objective neither of the government, not of the private industries and locals. Environment and sustainable development have always been my passion and I am determined to make in impact - hopefully not only in my home country.
I am really interested in and passionate about sustainability and how we can make our world develop in a more sustainable way. I know that this is extremely challenging especially nowadays, which makes it even more interesting for me. I would be glad to be involved in different projects, presentations, training. I believe that in this way I will be able to make an impact and spread my knowledge.
Marta Isach is the Communications Manager at Positive Impact. She has spent 10 fulfilling years working in Marketing, Advertising and Communications in Spain. With a passion for sustainability and technology, Marta is thrilled to find herself combining her interests, skills and effort to significantly support the growth and reach of Positive Impact.
Pippa Jo Cameron
I am studying for a Natural Sciences masters at Durham, and have an environmental career goal. I am currently head of the Environment Committee for my college, and Community Liaison officer for the People and Planet society. Climate change is the most important and urgent issue our world is facing. It affects everyone and everything on the planet - And it's something we can actively, positively get involved in, by changing our society to become more sustainable. It's time for everyone to get on board - What's not to love?
Sustainability is of the highest importance to me, and want to get involved in promoting this any way I can. While doing my degree I'm taking part in as much environment-related extra-curricular activity as I can, and after Uni my aim is to get a job in the environment and sustainability sector. Getting behind organisations like Positive Impact is essential to transitioning into a sustainable and long-term society. It seems like you are undertaking some fantastic work and I would love to get involved.
Freelance journalist and a regular contributor to The Observer. Marketing officer for Buxton Festival Fringe. I believe climate change is the most important challenge for the world at the moment and am keen to embrace the values of sustainability.
I work with community events and UK festivals to help improve their sustainability performance. Sustainability Manager and director at Redfest Bristol. Event Coordinator at Natural Event (compost toilets at Glastonbury, BoomTown, Notting Hill Carnival, Shambala).
I am a Sustainable Entrepreneur and Artist that focus on studying and teaching the complex subjects of event sustainability because I believe that events are a space for openness, love and self-development, where people can be outside of their comfort zone and redefine their opinion about the world and how to interact with it.
I want to be an Ambassador because after my last two years of introspection deeply understanding what I want to do with my life, I reached the conclusion that I want to promote sustainability through events. This is the perfect fit for me and I would like to know how can I be more active in this community and, in the future how can we be partners since I am planning a sustainable festival to start this summer.
"DO NOT ASSUME IT'S IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE YOU FIND IT HARD BUT RECOGNIZE IF IT IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, YOU CAN DO IT TOO."
Caroline Cockburn is PR & Marketing Executive at Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd. an international environmental consultancy with offices in Bristol, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Brussels. Caroline shares Eunomia’s innovative research with a wider audience covering a variety of areas including waste management, low carbon and renewable energy, resource efficiency and the circular economy, ecosystem services and green infrastructure, marine planning and climate change adaptation.
Working closely with directors and consultants, Caroline curates Eunomia’s range of marketing materials including written, visual and digital content. She communicates with the media, event organisers and across social platforms on a daily basis.
Organising internal and external events is part of Caroline’s role and sustainability is considered as one of the most important criteria during the planning and delivery stages of Eunomia events.
I believe events are one of the best ways to share ideas, be inspired and create collaboration within industries, which is essential for innovation. They don’t have to leave a huge ecological footprint either, there are ways you can make them exciting, memorable, and sustainable - Positive Impact is creating a platform for this. The industry standard, community and resources will help make sustainability an essential part of the decision making process when planning an event. I would like to be part of the growing network that creates a sustainable events industry.
A highly self-motivated professional with strong leadership and commercial skills. My professional experience gained both in Spain and the UK gives me a multicultural background to successfully work with different countries and products.
For Courtney Lohmann, CMP, a successful event isn’t about her, it’s about the joy it brings to other people. “In college, one of my courses focused on the importance of leisure and recreation in our lives and how that keeps us balanced and happy and healthy as humans. Events bring a piece of that balance to people,” she says. Courtney has used that mindset as a foundation for an incredibly successful career, which began with early achievements. In Chicago, she began producing a street art fair for a client and within three years, it had become one of the top 25 fine art fairs in the US. By the time she relocated to South Florida and joined the Koncept Events’ team, she had an array of major festivals, concerts and high-profile events under her belt.
She began as a Program Manager with Koncept Events, but as the company grew and its needs changed, so did her role. As the current Director of Culture, Courtney is a company health leader, go-green ambassador, internal cheerleader, continuing education champion, community give back coordinator and one of the most successful leaders on staff at Koncept Events. That may sound like quite a full plate to some, but for Courtney, it comes with ease thanks to her dedication to seeing things through and ability to be a team player no matter what situation she is in.
Tai Shin Carstensen
I am Corporate Event Coordinator of Siteimprove. Founded in Copenhagen in 2003, we´re a global software company offering a strong suite of SaaS-based products that allow customers to effectively manage, maintain, and optimize their corporate websites. I am happy to join and seeks sustainability knowledge and hopefully inspire others to create a better world, online and offline!
I am a recent Leeds university geography graduate originally from Manchester. The environment and sustainability is vital to all aspects of life and fundamental for the planet's future.
Sustainability is extremely important in terms of economic, social and environmental development. We can do so much to improve gender equality, to stop poverty, to improve communities and to help prevent climate change. Being an Ambassador is a step in the right direction in order to achieve these goals.
I am passionate about sustainability as I believe that because industry has such a big impact on the environment and society, it needs to be positive in order to not destroy it. - The world is where we live so we need to look after it for ourselves and our children. The same goes with society; we need to look after each other and recognise each other's needs.
Having previously worked at a socially conscious technology start-up aimed at reducing food waste, I realised the importance of sustainability in our everyday lives. I am passionate about our planet and believe everyone has a duty to look after it for the next generation.
Sustainable way is almost a compassionate and kind way of thinking about the future. There is a lot to discover and a lot to learn about our planet and we need to embrace the change to see it through to a beautiful, diverse planet.
I am an artist and art gallery manager living in London.
I think anything that we can do to help the environment should be a priority and I would like to help in any way that I can.
I believe a better world evolves through the combined skills of creative thinking, committed attitude, and compassionate humans with a common goal. I dream of sustainability being a path of living for a better world.
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Graham Ross is CEO of Kusaga Athletic, pioneers in future fabrics and lifestyle apparel. He provides strategic growth advice to planet friendly companies. As a multiple Ironman-distance triathlete and marathoner, he has real world perspective of climate change as he swims, bikes and runs across the planet.
“We're in this together, and if we united and we inter-culturally cooperated, then that might be the key to humanity's survival.” Jeremy Gilley, TEDTalks.
President of MPI Belgium, the international association of meeting professionals. Our goal is to share knowledge, experience, trends and developments from inside our industry with our members. Sustainability is a part of our industry. Quote: We're the first generations to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it - Jay Inslee
I'm an Events Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University, I was introduced to sustainability in events this year and I felt obliged to join the cause and promote sustainability in any way I can. I love how inclusive sustainability is, it really is so easy to make a difference and spread the word!
In developing countries like mine (Azerbaijan), where events are commonly held to promote a country, it is obvious how our actions negatively affect all three dimensions of sustainability and put next generation in danger. I think sustainability actions is a key solution to minimising negative effects now and eliminate any in the future.
Claudia van’t Hullenaar
Claudia is a multilingual professional with multidisciplinary experience in global corporations and agencies. She has been working for 20 years in the field of live communication and marketing. She helps design strategic and measurable programs that create value and sustained impact. Claudia has award winning experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility. She spearheaded the integration of sustainability into global corporate events with direction of frameworks as ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System, APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards, the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and the Event Organizers Sector Supplement.
Passionate about sustainable development and social advocacy, entrepreneurial thinking, continuous learning, connecting people and ideas, collaboration and co-creation, Claudia is an active advocate to forward societal change by promoting solutions through sustainability and design thinking, multi-stakeholder engagement, interdisciplinary and integrated communications for change of mindsets and behaviors.
She is also engaged in pro-bono work for NGOs and leadership committee work for the GMIC (Green Meetings Industry Council), An Initiative of the Convention Industry Council.
Aurora Dawn Reinke
As a sustainability consultant, speaker, teacher, and researcher in the hospitality industry, I am passionate about raising awareness of the ripple effect sustainable tourism has on people and places globally. I believe in compelling learning experiences that help people truly grasp sustainability opportunities, and practical integration and implementation of sustainability that results in action and impact. A quote from Fernando Trías de Bes captures it best: "better a mediocre idea with brilliant execution, than a brilliant idea with mediocre execution." Some of the most meaningful sustainability solutions are just average ideas, but fall short of their potential brilliance due to poor engagement and execution.
Alicia studies PPE at Durham University and became passionate about sustainability whilst on her year abroad in Barcelona, studying under Marc Le Menestrel. She is currently writing her dissertation, giving a philosophical argument in defence of corporate social responsibility. This has driven her to find out more about how business can incorporate a sustainable protocol into their core practises.
I'm a multilingual expatriate in Dubai, with local experience in public service and event/ project management. I like to inspire an ethical, mindful, productive and smart lifestyle/ organizational culture, and to work on living with integrity. Sustainability makes sense and brings out the best in us!
Ambika is interested in building an ecosystem that supports sustainable businesses in Malaysia. She concentrates in sustainability management, sustainable events management, impact measurement and sustainability reporting. She currently works with Biji-Biji Initiative.
I run Bough to Beauty Bespoke, we supply luxury eco friendly sustainable products to a variety of interesting hospitality and events clients. We design and manufacture our range of products in the UK from sustainably sourced wood from managed forests to reduce the environmental impact of these industries.
After the H&M factory collapse in Rana Plaza I vowed to make a very personal effort to not add to the throwaway society that we seem to have become - factories making cheap clothes that then go into landfill after one wear. I went a year without buying any clothes - old or new, and have been passionate about the topic ever since.
I also take part in plastic free July & have massively changed my habits since doing so. We have recently stopped offering straws at work, and are trying to find new ways to reduce our waste all the time.
Aileen has been Head of the Glasgow Convention Bureau since 2011, which has been voted the UK’s best convention bureau every year since 2007. She is currently on the Board of ICCA UK and Ireland, is a former board member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) and is a champion of meetings industry collaboration and best practice.
"Glasgow has aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 with a focus on improving quality of life in the city, protecting the environment and developing a green economy that puts sustainability at the top of the agenda. We’ve already made great strides in that respect, with Glasgow currently ranked seventh on the Global Destination Sustainability Index. As the only UK city to be included, it is incredibly motivating to see Glasgow recognised as a destination at the forefront of best practice and responsible business tourism. Leading the Glasgow Convention Bureau team and working with partners across the city, I am committed to helping Glasgow achieve its sustainability objectives.”
Amanda Fishburn is the Vice President of Operations for IGNITION Design Group. IGNITION is an events and exhibition company which has a core ethos for sustainability. We work in the growing trend of virtual meetings and multi hub meetings, which help bring people together to inspire while reducing the carbon footprint of long haul travel. We execute sustainable design for our exhibitions. We practice continuous improvement, calculating efficiencies and savings for our client group. We also engage in corporate social responsibility in the charities we support financially and hands on in both the US and UK. IGNITION has a global footprint which encourages us to mitigate emissions and environmental impact. "Do or do not, there is no try." Yoda
For service equals joy, and I always knew that my purpose in life was to play my part in society, which why I write about sustainability. To the question “what is success for you?”? My answer is “Inspiring”, another core element of my mission. I aim to live a meaningful life according to strong values so that at the end I will be able to say “Yes, I have done a great job and inspired enough people to carry on!”. To support projects with meaningful outcomes is my addiction! I founded the festival TrashStock Mustik Artistik Plastik, a Bali based 2 days event of art exhibition with artwork using or inspired by plastic pollution as well as concert by environmentalist bands. Of course, everything is made to be as sustainable as possible!
I am a sustainability consultant based in Athens, Greece and my focus is in sustainable sports events where I provide the organising committee with the appropriate knowledge on how to reduce negative environmental impacts as well as raising environmental awareness to all stakeholders and participants involved. I have a Masters in Environmental Management and Policy and am an Accredited Professional in Sustainable Events through the Sustainable Event Alliance. I am currently working on completing a Diploma in GHG Measurement, Reporting and Verification as I would like to improve my technical knowledge on GHG emissions so as to implement better management into the events that I help organise. “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan
My name is Breitner Marczewski and I work as an Energy Engineer at General Motors. Our department improves our sites by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to drive down energy and water consumption. Being sustainable is the best way to bring balance in all aspects of our lives.