Ben Quarrell, who co-founded isla, has teamed up with event expert Poppy Stephenson to launch Sustainability Simplified, a consultancy that helps event and media businesses achieve their sustainability goals quicker.
Sustainability Simplified specialises in providing clear and pragmatic advice to corporate event planners, media businesses, agencies and festival, sporting and outdoor event organisers looking to reduce their environmental impact.
The consultancy has already provided work for Nteractive, a global brand experience agency and Westfield Rise, the team responsible for all revenue generating activities at the two Westfield shopping centres in London.
“Many organisations don’t know where to start when it comes to sustainability or get overwhelmed with too much information,” said Quarrell.
“Sustainability Simplified provides strategy, guidance, bespoke tools and training and communications support. By diving into a company’s existing operations, it is able to design processes and workflows to roll out sustainability across organisations, quickly and simply with measurable results.”
Quarell, who helped to found industry sustainability body isla, taking it from a team of two to an organisation with over 150 members, said he is looking forward to working directly with event businesses to help them embed these best practices into their operations, and turn their commitments into real action.
He has joined forces with Stephenson, who has worked for major UK festivals, including Glastonbury and Boomtown. She has experience as a university lecturer teaching the next generation of event professionals and as the learning lead for isla, designing training programmes and progression pathways.
Together they offer a range of bespoke services to help businesses apply sustainability advice, build this into workflows, budgets and client communications, and start reducing their carbon footprint straight away.