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Sustainable agenda at 4th London conference

If you’ve ever wondered why you should go green at your park or attraction, then here is a good enough reason: It could save you money. And you could do worse than attend a one-day conference in London this March, where speakers will discuss how sustainable technologies, design and operations can reduce costs and improve the public’s perception of a wide range of leisure destinations.

A spin-off of the TiLE (Trends in Leisure and Entertainment) conference, the fourth TiLEzone London will be held in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) at the London Transport Museum on Wednesday, March 25. It will highlight the issues and provide informative advice as to the pros and cons of different approaches to sustainability. Here we highlight some of the sessions taking place during the day.

0915: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rising energy costs, sustainability issues including regulation and funding combined with the need to improve our green credentials are setting new challenges in the design and operation of leisure attractions. Richard Curtis of TiLE, Richard Parry from UKTI and seminar chairman Blair Parkin, of Visual Acuity, will set the scene.

1120: Funding Sustainability
For leisure attractions developing new projects and putting together bids for capital support, this presentation will provide an essential brief on the new criteria for compliance with environmental sustainability, and how these are applied during the
assessment process.

1140: Recycling at Leisure Venues
Both visitors and staff dispose of large volumes of packaging materials including at leisure venues. Many environmental and economic benefits can be gained by recycling packaging, from avoiding use of resources to reducing costs of waste

1200 Operating Sustainably – Resources and Practices in Food
The Soil Association’s Real Meal Deal report looked at what’s on the menu for children at 10 popular family restaurant chains and 14 major visitor attractions. Here Emma Hockridge will outline the cost savings and positive PR which can result from sourcing local, seasonal and organic food.

1300: Technology, Techniques and the Bottom Line
Courtesy of Kevin Williams of Event Communications, venue owners, operators and suppliers will learn about products that reduce power consumption, pollution carbon emissions.

1605: The World’s Largest Green Building is a Public Attraction!
Opened on 28 September 2008, the new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is acknowledged as the world’s largest green building. Blair Parkin and Jim Sweitzer will examine the process and lessons learned from the design, construction and fit out.

TiLEzone takes place at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, on March 25. Registration fees for attraction operators start at £103/€130, and a discount is available for companies sending more than one delegate. Find out more and join the TiLE community at

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