IIFA Going Green at The Venetian Macao

By on July 3, 2013

Much to the delight of all friends of nature, this year’s IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Weekend events at The Venetian Macao has promised to be environmentally friendly. Sands ECO360° environmental measures will be implemented throughout the IIFA Awards ceremony, meetings and stay period, July 4-6, 2013. Green measures in place during the three-day event are aimed at reducing, reusing, recycling and sustaining.

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The IIFA committee will actively promote the sustainability programme by encouraging event delegates to participate in the upstream recycling programme, and by arranging trainings and briefings with their work crew on the event sustainability objectives and environmental knowledge.

An Event Sustainability Report will be produced after the event, documenting all notable sustainability highlights and achievements. The report will include the Sands ECO360° Event Impact Statement, which summarises the event’s carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage, and recycling rate.

“Since 2007, IIFA has been committed to the ‘green’ cause. From a energy-efficient awards event tothe world’s first ever green carpet, we continue to create awareness and voice environmental concerns through prominent celebrities from the Indian film fraternity who vehemently support our cause at the IIFAs,” said Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International & IIFA. “We strongly support The Venetian Macao’s contribution towards environmental preservation and regeneration and will implement these plans at the upcoming VIDEOCON D2H IIFA Weekend.”

The Green Meetings initiative for IIFA will include the use of strategically located recycling bins; energy and water conservation by monitoring lights and air conditioners, and by the absence of tablecloths and seat covers whenever possible; and water flow controllers in the back-of-house areas, which has led to a 70 per cent reduction in water usage.

IIFA planners have requested featuring more vegetarian selections on the menu, and that the IIFA green carpet to be reused. After the IIFA show is over, the wood used to prepare the backdrop will be dismantled and recycled as part of a new wood recycling programme to be implemented at Sands China Ltd. properties this summer.

The Venetian Macao is the Official Host Destination Partner for the 14th VIDEOCON D2H IIFA Weekend, July 4 to 6. The iconic integrated resort is one of the few places in the world to have twice hosted the illustrious awards show, which has promoted the wealth of Indian cinema to global audiences by taking the awards ceremony overseas since 2000.

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Suraj Samtani

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Suraj explores the depth of his Indianised experiences of Hong Kong through his writing. As an awarded poet and published academic writer, he looks forward to turning a new page with his innings at HKYantoYan.

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