Sustainable Event Planning & Simulation Exercise

Commerce & Business Administration
Hospitality Management
Course Code
HOSP 3120
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course embraces the principles of sustainability through the environmentally and socially responsible production of meetings and events. It focuses on the rationale behind incorporating sustainable practices into meetings and events that include protection of the environment, saving on costs and resources, improving social issues, doing business effectively and ethically while building new markets sensitive to sustainable practices.
Students will partner with event planners to plan and or execute a sustainable event. Students will compete in an exercise to operate a simulated hotel in a sustainable manner.
Course Content
  • The theory and practice of greener meetings & events
  • Event pollution
  • Planning a greener event
  • Measuring ‘green’
  • Green light–sustainable transportation
  • Waste management
  • Energy and water
  • Green cuisine
  • Greener hotels, venues and venders
  • Social sustainability
  • Greener meeting and event marketing
  • Greener events in practice
  • Sustainable Simulation Exercise
Methods Of Instruction

To achieve the course objectives a combination of lecture / seminar, guest speaker and site visits will be used to gain student understanding and clarity. Students will plan and execute a sustainable event in partnership with an event planner. Case studies and a simulation exercise are incorporated.

Means of Assessment
Case Studies (1-3) 10-30%
Event Reports (1-3) 10-30%
Simulation Exercices (3-5)   30-50%
Exam 30-40%
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the successful student will be able to:

  • Articulate the meaning and significance of sustainable events
  • Describe how ecotourism informs & influences greener meetings and events
  • Define how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), innovation, education and conservation define and motivate business
  • Apply SWOT analysis to designing an event to triple bottom line commitments to people, planet and profit
  • Apply key performance indicators to events
  • Create and manage an eco budget
  • Apply principles of sourcing ethically
  • Articulate how CSR can create a legacy of positive social impact through events and meetings
  • Apply demographic market segmentation to greener meetings and events
  • Evaluate potential event venues & select the most appropriate venue
  • Negotiate the contract for venue rental & arrange licensing, transportation, fixtures and fitting as appropriate
  • Market an event & create a post mortem report
  • Apply management skills in a proactive manner
  • Demonstrate practiced team building skills
  • Demonstrate presentation and communication skills
  • Analyze a case and develop skills in problem identification & opportunity exploitation
  • Demonstrate insight in the analysis of alternatives and selection of the optimum alternative
  • Make marketing and operating decisions to maximize profitability in a simulated market place
Textbook Materials

The Complete Guide to Greener Meetings and Events, de Blanc Goldblatt, S., latest ed.
or textbook with similar content as approved by department.

Use of only Commerce and Business faculty approved calculator




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) AU COMM 1XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU TOUR 3XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR TRMP 2XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit 2013/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG MARK 2XXX (3) 2011/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC THM 2XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2013/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU HOSP 3XXX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2013/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ORTM 3XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 3XX (3) or UFV GE 3XX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2013/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.