Offering an eco-responsible event implies respecting at least one of the following principles: limiting negative impact on the environment (generated by motorized vehicles), raising the awareness of participants about a particular problem, integrating a social aspect in partnership with an association (supportive team building, collections for a NGO), putting into practice sustainable development initiatives (cleaning a forest), using eco-designed services (sorting of waste, natural materials, organic wine, etc.).
Paris is suitable for the holding of eco-responsible events. Most green spaces are free to access (ecolabelled gardens, Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne); Paris has numerous museums, exhibitions and events with an eco-responsible theme (Planète Durable, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Ethical Fashion Show, etc.); it is also easy to organize a ‘sustainable development’ treasure hunt or a themed visit on foot, by Segway or by bicycle (ethical shopping itinerary, 2CV challenge), etc. Moreover, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has drawn up a ‘Charter for Parisians and Visitors’ which sets out principles to adhere to for good relations between Parisians and visitors tothe capital.
You might like an element of entertainment to feature in your event. For this you may wish to call on different sectors of the events industry (catering/tasting, technical, space rental, communication, personnel, etc.). You should therefore consult the relevant standards and labels. Note that the Tourisme & Handicap label may be obtained by all sites and activities to which this sector of the public applies.
Several criteria should be taken into account before selecting a company:
• existence of a policy, a charter or commitments in favour of sustainable development;
• proposals for special events and activities and incentives relating to sustainable development that promotes local and eco-responsible expertise, and which develop cohesion, solidarity, integration, learning, etc.);
• limited impact on the environment of special events and activities proposed: low CO2, emissions, limitation of waste matter and wastage, proximity of activities to the event venue;
• use of existing structures;
• in the choice of special events and activities, taking into account of personal situation of participants (age or disability, those who do not drink alcohol, etc.).
See below the members of the Convention Bureau with an official standard or label and top Parisian 'green'