He’s behind the wheel of the equipment truck, he’s setting up waste reduction stations and signage, he’s confirming compostable food ware orders with food trucks, and he’s prepping his staff, the beloved Green Team on the event ahead. Colin Smith is the Founder and President of Green Event Services.
Colin will be the first to say how excited he is that his socially and environmentally conscious endeavour is growing bigger, taller and sometimes smarter than he alone. With a pioneer personality, his story and consequently the story of Green Event Services, is one of following your gut. “When things align I tend not to fight it,” so he says. The Great Alignment – if you will, began in the summer of 2012.
Why did you start Green Event Services?
I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and own a business, but I also wanted to make a difference. I wanted to be part of something that built community and felt good for the soul.
I discovered and started to attend music events, home and away. Some had poor waste management with overflowing waste bins and trash all over the event site, while others had incredible programs in place, with recycling and composting bins, controlled waste disposal and clean sites. Calgary, though, was lacking. Most items were destined for the landfill.
I saw an opportunity in responsible waste management, and had the vision to help create zero waste events. Green Event Services was born on a desire to create change and on a $2,000 investment from my friend who wanted me to stop talking about it and do something!
What is your recipe for success?
I believe that in order to succeed you need to start small and doing it right, then grow. It all began with 4 stations comprised of four bins (mixed recycling, bottles & cans, compost, and landfill). Green Event Services focuses on supporting events to divert as much from the landfill as possible, by sorting bags of waste, educating on site, and consulting with event planners before and after events on ways to improve.
Green Event Services is built on a foundation of solid values that inspire our staff to work events and sort through tonnes of waste… literally, tonnes. We value caring for people, caring for the planet, doing the right thing, and being kind to one another.
Any last words?
I have to share a big thank you to our amazing team. Seeing the positive impact we have been able to have on our staff, our customers and the events we organize is so rewarding for me. Green Event Services is a team of hardworking, dedicated staff, drawn to the passion and sincerity of a vision for a better tomorrow.