FFEA "Future Forward" Virtual Summit FFEA "Future Forward" Virtual Summit

Creating Effective Sustainability Plans for Special Events


Natalie Lowe
The Sustainable Events Forum, President

Natalie loves to disrupt the status quo for the greater good. She brings a lot of passion to everything she does and sustainable events are no exception. Chosen as a BizBash most influential meeting professional in 2019, Natalie co-founded The Sustainable Events Forum (TSEF) and created a course on sustainable events, Natalie took her Climate Reality Leadership training with Vice President Al Gore in 2020. She was chosen as a MeetingsNet Changemaker of the Year in 2021 for her work providing resources to planners to make their events environmentally friendly. She also co-hosts a podcast for event planners on sustainability called “Plan it for the Planet”. Natalie started her event company, Celebrate Niagara, in the Niagara region of Canada 17 years ago.

As the effects of the climate crisis sweep across our planet, we are called on to address this crisis at all levels, including climate action at work. What does this look like for an event professional? Where can we find resources and support for our climate action steps at our festivals & events, and what are some of the best practices in place in the event industry? In this session we will talk about where to start, where to keep going, how to build a community to support your efforts and how to prioritize and customize our actions for the events we do.