April 22, 2013
As we reflect on Earth Day, we find ourselves asking the question “what does it mean to be sustainable?” At DPEM, we are always pursuant of producing events that do not create any disturbance in the environment at all. Understanding that this is virtually impossible to do in the event industry, we aim to reduce our footprint wherever possible. In addition to minimizing waste, we also strive to be a benefit to our local community and provide a positive experience to everyone involved. Here are some initiatives that we implement into our events and work-life:
- Using compostables at food & beverage events, and providing guests with recycle, compostable and waste bins.
- Avoiding the use of water bottles and instead providing water stations in its place.
- Choosing to work with local vendors who integrate sustainability into their business services and products.
- Providing event solutions that minimize the reliance on laundering and extra water usage.
- Serving locally sourced food ingredients, from the appetizers to the wine and spirits served.
- When fabricating structures or signage for events, we use recycled, recyclable or reclaimed materials as much as possible.
- Walking or biking to work whenever possible.
- Reducing the amount we print, and using electronic solutions as an alternative. We get a lot of use in portable tools like iPada, latops and thumbsdrives.
What does Earth Day mean to YOU?
Lindsay Sutherland, Inspiration
, Tips of the Trade
October 28, 2011
DPEM is constantly on the search for fun, creative design that integrates sustainable materials. Paper art is re-emerging as another exciting medium for expression. Many designers and writers use digital media as a way to execute and develop their ideas. However, there is something that keeps us coming back to this tangible canvas.
In pursuant of DPEM’s sustainable event production and design elements, paper is also easily repurposed. We love any opportunity to reduce paper waste and give product new life.
Take a look at these images that tell a story of what is possible with paper.
Lindsay Sutherland, Inspiration
July 14, 2011
Vertical gardens are the new craze, especially for urban dwellers such as ourselves. It’s a great way to utilize the minimal outdoor space that most San Francisco apartments offer. Not to mention, it’s a beautiful addition to any patio and gives you a great excuse to break out the grill and host a BBQ to showcase your green thumb(s)!
Here are a few helpful tips to help create your very own Eden:
1. If you’re schedule allows it, take a class. Public gardens, botanical gardens and universities can be great resources.
2. Be sure to select plants that can be grown upright. Maybe you’d like to make your garden both visually pleasing, as well fruitful – no pun intended. You can easily incorporate herbs or fruit & veg plants
3. You can either build a garden rack or just use various hanging or stackable pots.
4. Know what to expect. It’s most important to do your research – What types of plants are best? How do they grow? Are they subject to pests and diseases? Light exposure and watering needs? Etc.
Here are some great DIY websites to inspire you. Happy gardening!