New training link-up boosts environmentally-friendly events

A new training link-up between Falmouth University, CEG Digital (the blended learning division of Cambridge Education Group) and A Greener Festival is boosting environmentally-friendly events.

A Greener Festival – a not-for-profit company helping festivals, events and venues around the world adopt environmentally-efficient practices – is making its environmental assessor training available to a global audience for the first time through a new short course offered with Falmouth University and CEG Digital.

The online course sits within Falmouth’s MA in Creative Events Management, launched last year in partnership with CEG Digital, and is now open for student applications ahead of an October start.

Established in 2007, A Greener Festival gives its quality award to festivals, events and venues which demonstrate sustainability with a significant focus on environmental impacts. It has assessed over 400 festivals, events and venues across five continents including – in 2017 – Glastonbury Festival (UK), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Bayou Boogaloo (USA), Primavera Sound (Spain) and We Love Green (France).

The company needs to train more individuals who have knowledge of environmental management and sustainability issues, event management and a passion for helping events achieve the best possible environmental practices. These assessors – who provide independent site assessment, verification and certification of environmental actions – then undertake onsite visits before and during the event.

Teresa Moore, Director at A Greener Festival, said:

‘Demand for the training scheme has grown since we introduced it last year and this partnership will help meet the global need for knowledgeable individuals and teams that can help festivals, events and venues reduce the environmental impact of their offer. Through this collaboration, not only are we are able to bring our training to Falmouth’s MA in Creative Events Management students and add real value to the programme but the partnership allows us to extend our training capability globally through the online platform and meet increasing demand for A Greener Festival training.’

Adrian Bossey, Head of Cultural Management & Production at Falmouth University, said:

‘We are very pleased that, from the success of our partnership with CEG Digital and our MA, we are now also able to reach those people wishing to gain the skills and knowledge of environmental operations at events via this short flexible course. Developing and upskilling in-work professionals operating in the ever-evolving global events management landscape is at the heart of our work.’

Geoff Webster, Managing Director of CEG Digital, said:

‘This latest collaboration is an excellent example of what we do – working with top universities, unlocking their knowledge and expertise alongside that of key industry players to enable students from all over the world to access the education and training that the world’s markets need. This is one of a number of new courses at CPD, undergraduate and postgraduate levels that will be introduced in the coming academic years. By focussing on a university’s core skills – delivering excellence in education – and working with CEG Digital in their specialist area co-designing and co-delivering new models of learning, this approach addresses a growing student demand for flexibility combined with industry-focused education. It’s proving a hugely successful model.’

For more information about Falmouth University’s MA Creative Events Management and online A Greener Festival Assessor Training short course, please click here.

Header photo: A Greener Festival-assessors at Mandala Festival, Netherlands, 2017

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