Venues and catering - event sustainability guidelines

Choosing a venue or location suitable for the type of event, audience and event goals is important to the overall success of an event. Venue and location selection can also contribute to sustainable, social and economic outcomes.

Choosing a venue

Brisbane City Council has many venues available for use by the public, including parks, library meeting rooms, Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, Community Halls, Riverstage, Brisbane Powerhouse, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, the Pod and SunPAC.

Use the following table to maximise your event's sustainability and minimise environmental impacts when selecting a venue.

Table summary includes topics about choosing a venue and things to consider.
Topic Things to consider
  • Local suppliers, seasonal produce and vegetarian options are offered
  • Reusable, compostable or recyclable serveware is used.
  • Left-over food is provided to food recycling organisations.
Clean air, energy and carbon
  • Enough well-positioned power points.
  • Energy efficient lighting and other appliances.
  • 100% onsite renewable energy or 100% GreenPower.
  • Separate event metering (if possible).
  • Natural ventilation and light.
Onsite resources
  • Onsite resources such as toilets, water stations, bike racks, fencing and power access. This will minimise costs and environmental impacts of hiring and transportation.
Travel and transport
  • Centrally located to attendees and vendors.
  • Close to active and public transport routes.
  • Local suppliers considered to minimise transportation.
  • On-site bins for separation of rubbish and general recycling.
  • Layout and site features enable easy bin replacement when full.
  • Serveware is provided onsite and can be reused.
  • There are enough well-positioned taps or bubblers for cleaning and drinking.
  • Venue has low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets.
  • Separate event metering (if possible).
  • Sink facilities for washing up, where feasible.
Purchasing and procurement
  • Local suppliers are provided as options.
  • Consider the full lifecycle impacts of products (economic, environmental and social).
  • Avoid single-use and overly packaged items. 

Sustainable catering options

Where possible, choose caterers who commit to adopting sustainable actions such as organics collection and recycling

More information

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Last updated: 10 May 2019