Brought to you by: Monaco Life
Monaco has hosted the first ever training course in Europe aimed at teaching event planners how to make events more environmentally friendly. Industry professionals came from across the globe to learn how sustainable practices can ultimately be good for business.
Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert, the Sustainable Events Professional Certificate training showcased some of the Principality’s best sustainable practices, including Monaco Tourism’s motto ‘Green is the New Glam’, and how sustainability can be luxurious. The weekend event was hosted by Claudia van’t Hullenaar, founder of Sustained Impact, and Miek Egberts of InspireME Monte-Carlo.
The diverse group of participants included people from local event organisations, six members of the International Olympic Committee, Switzerland’s first sustainable events company, and an event planning vlogger from Hot Hospitality Exchange. Two participants came from as far away as San Francisco. The importance of measuring, monitoring, and improving sustainability at events was discussed, along with a full range of sustainability practices, from limiting waste and carbon footprint to being inclusive and making events accessible to people with special needs. It was a weekend of collaboration, creativity, and commitment to sustainability.
The group spent mornings at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, learning with Mariela Mcllwraith from the Events Industry Council. The first of its kind in Europe, the two day training on sustainability for event planners went beyond a traditional conference room training. Participants were treated to morning mindfulness sessions, toured the sustainability practices at The Columbus Hotel, explored the urban garden Terre de Monaco at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel, and learned how sustainability goes beyond just being “green”.
They heard how actions like sharing shipping space on trucks with other vendors, choosing only enough food for guests to eliminate waste, and selecting green methods of transportation for guests like walking or public transit, can ultimately support a business’ bottom line. The course provided insights on how to communicate the business value of sustainable events and learn how to be more environmentally and socially responsible by reducing waste, energy and water usage, and improving accessibility.
International sustainable event standards were outlined as well as measurement reporting methodologies. At the end of the training, participants received a Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC).
Monaco welcomed four new Ambassadors to town this week, given a warm reception by first the Prince, then by the Minister for External Relations and Cooperation, who treated them to lunch.
Artificial tide pools were created in 2019 at water level in front of the Fontvieille Port as part of the government’s ongoing ecological restoration programme. The first results have just been revealed.
The Betclic Elite regular season has wrapped-up and AS Monaco Basketball’s defeat against Cholet was ultimately inconsequential to the final ranking, as they prepare to face Strasbourg in the play-offs.
Francesco Totti is the latest blockbuster name to be confirmed for next Tuesday’s World Stars Football Match, joining a whole grid’s worth of Formula 1 greats, both past and present.
The New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) has been hosting an exhibition of photographs by Kasper Akhøj, Welcome (To The Teknival), dedicated to Villa E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, since early summer at Villa Sauber.
The exhibition has now been enriched with new photographs, taken in July of this year by Akhøj, which ends a work begun in 2008. The public can now admire 63 shots that are an echo to the portfolio made by the architect Eileen Gray during the construction of the iconic villa E-1027, the summer hideaway house designed by Eileen Gray for Jean Badovici between 1926 and 1929.
Kasper Akhøj also presents a new film entitled C2RMF75602, produced by the NMNM, in the video room of the Villa Sauber, recounting the restoration of a 16th-century painting entitled Portrait de Femme, attributed to Titian.
This film, shot in 16 mm, creates magnificent links to Welcome (To The Teknival), both of which pose many questions inherent in the conservation and restoration of heritage sites such as the Eileen Gray villa.
The Welcome (To The Teknival) exhibition runs until January 8, 2018. Villa Sauber is open daily from 10 to 6 pm; admission is €6 or free on Sundays.