From small community festivals to the Olympics, event organizers and attendees are increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impacts of events. Based on the sustainability efforts of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, CSA Z2010 - Requirements and Guidance for Organizers of Sustainable Events was published as a practical standard for a wide variety of cultural, business and sporting events & festivals. This Standard specifies requirements for organizing and executing sustainable events, and provides guidance on how to continually improve the performance of events contributing to sustainable development.
This is the first edition of CSA Z2010, Requirements and guidance for organizers of sustainable events.
A sustainable event entails incorporating considerations of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of hosting an event into all areas of event planning and management in order to minimize negative impacts, augment positive benefits, and create positive legacies for present and future generations.
This Standard specifies requirements for organizing and executing sustainable events, and provides guidance on how to engage, inspire, and continually improve the performance of events contributing to sustainable development.
While the event will be more sustainable, it will not necessarily be sustainable in absolute terms. Implementation of this Standard may not be used to support a claim of absolute sustainability.
This Standard is applicable for use by organizations or individuals responsible for organizing events and applies to the full range of event types and sizes.
Event types include cultural, business, and sporting events and festivals. Event can refer to a single or a recurring event.
This Standard may also prove useful to event funders or sponsors who wish to encourage sustainability goals and objectives internally or externally.
This Standard applies to the life cycle of event management, including the planning, execution, and closure phases, but not to the content or theme of the event.
In CSA standards, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.
Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.
Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.
Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (nonmandatory) to define their application.