BeaconHouse Events has been working with Space Group to deliver a three-day event, kicking off with an education day for 200 local students, a celebratory awards evening sandwiched between two days of conference for 400 international delegates. Safe to say events provide so many positive outputs, collaboration, knowledge sharing and inspiration, but large-scale conferences have, and continue to cause a negative impact on the environment.
BIM Show Live, has been no different, but BeaconHouse is committed to turning the ugly truth, and bad practice into good for all. It started with the theme set out back in 2019, the conference wanted to focus on ‘BIM for Good’, and the goodness should show through every inch of the event.
First stop is suppliers, BeaconHouse has worked with a handful of trusty suppliers who all make the magic that is BIM Show Live. Sustainably sourced lanyards provided by a UK company have agreed to carbon offset their transport from China following the company’s ‘ask to suppliers’ to offer a sustainable solution for the demands of its order. A sustainable badge solution will be used that was sourced for the 2019 conference, (at BHE HQ sustainability has been a concern for quite some time). Meetings with PR and social teams are conducted remotely over Zoom. The award trophies have transformed from high shine metal to sustainable wood – they’ll still have that heavy aspirational look and feel! Perhaps the most controversial element to mess with is catering. BeaconHouse has chosen to cater the full event as vegetarian or vegan food and use locally sourced ingredients only. A bold move perhaps, but with such confidence in caterer’s quality, the audience won’t miss the meat with the tasty treats on offer.