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    Green Awards Deadline Reminder: 8 November

    A reminder that the Green Award entries need to be in by the 8 November 2013.

     In 2012,the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) launched Green Award categories for its annual EXSA Awards. The response was positive, with a total of 11 submissions  made for the Green Stand and Green Show categories, and six awards  handed out at the awards evening.

     “Recognition is one of the most important, if not the most important feedback mechanisms for any initiative,” says Nigel Walker, the Chairman of EXSA. “Without recognition in the form of awards, it is difficult to highlight those projects that have gone the ‘extra mile’. Greening is not a once-off ‘thing’ to do; it needs to be totally integrated into the project, and indeed into the business. Having done this, putting the spotlight on a number of projects that shine ensures that specific elements that contributed to winning projects are highlighted.”

    The Event Greening Forum NPC (EGF) provided the guidelines and judging criteria for the awards, with the support of EXSA’s stand judging forum in 2012. Says EGF Chairman, Justin Hawes: “We did not want the award criteria to be prescriptive. Event greening is by nature a creative process, just like events. No two events are alike, and this means different methods of event greening will be required.”

    This led to an approach where six broad categories of judging criteria were developed. Each category has a maximum number of points that can be allocated, and guidelines as to what kinds of tactics should warrant points. The scores were weighted so that the categories playing a bigger role in greening could be awarded more points.

    All entries have to provide a motivation for why they should win a Green Award, and be accompanied by a portfolio of evidence to support this – such as photographs, product information, energy readings, and so forth.

    Award criteria

    If you look at the categories and their scores below, you will see that the operations of an exhibition can make the biggest ‘green’ impact. For the exhibition stands it is both the operations and the materials used that are most important.

    The categories for exhibitions - where exhibition organisers are judged for what they have done at a specific show - are: Marketing & Communication (5 points); Eco-procurement (10 points); Operations (20 points); Transport (5 points); Beyond green (5 points); and Innovation (5 points).

    The categories for exhibition stands - where stand builders are judged for the design and manufacture of their stand - are: Design (5 points); Materials (10 points); Operations (10 points); Transport (5 points); Beyond green (5 points); and Innovation (5 points).

    The EXSA Green Award winners in 2012 were:

    EXSA Green Show Awards

    ·         Three City Events: Best Green Exhibition for The Green Expo held in  Cape Town and Johannesburg

    ·         Scan Interactive: Best Green Outdoor Pavilion for the CCR Expo/Marquee at COP 17 


    EXSA Green Stand Awards

    ·         HotelStuff / GreenStuff: Best Large Indoor Pavilionfor their own stand at Hostex 

    ·         Complete Exhibitions: Best Large Stand for Sasol’s Olifants In-Situ Display

    ·         Scan Display: Best Medium Stand Award for DEA stand at the CCR Expo at COP 17 

    ·         Scan Display: Best Small Stand Award for Pfizer stand 


    Entries for the 2013 Green Awards are open. Please download the application forms and judging criteria from eventgreening.co.za/green-awards/.

    For more information about the EXSA Green Awards, please contact Sue Gannon on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 011 805 7272, or Pippa Walker on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 011 447 4777.





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