Certification DetailsDate: 04/22/2020Evaluator: Sam SproalView Bio


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Global Wave Conference 2020
Gold Coast, Australia

The 6th Biennial Global Wave Conference (GWC) from February 10 – 14, 2020 was hosted by the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve on behalf of the International Partners: Save the Waves Coalition, Surfrider Foundation International, Wild Coast, and Surfers Against Sewage.

With over 400 delegates from 19 countries, this international gathering aims to advance the recognition of the value of waves and their protection around the world. It brings together the best international minds from the surfing, conservation, and innovation communities to tackle the world’s most challenging ocean issues.

Hosted in one of surfing’s most iconic destinations in front of the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, attendees engaged in forward-thinking presentations, workshops, and the Save The Waves Film Festival while surfing gems all over the Gold Coast before each day’s events.

For access to the archived speaker presentations and more details on GWC 2020, visit http://www.globalwaveconference2020.com.au/. To see the GWC 2018’s STOKE Certified profile, click here: https://www.stokecertified.com/members/global-wave-conference/.

Sustainability Management
Section Performance - 75%
Social and Economic Impacts Management
Section Performance - 81%
Cultural Heritage Impacts Management
Section Performance - 92%
Environmental Impacts Management
Section Performance - 79%
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Commitment to a Sustainable Future

On behalf of everyone involved in GWC2020 held on the Gold Coast, please all take a collective bow, virtual hugs and thank you to the kindred spirits and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that we met on! Thanks so much for all your support, we have made an incredible connection between our various groups to continue the work on ocean conservation on a global scale!

Building upon the sustainable event initiatives from the 5th GWC at Santa Cruz, we set out to use the STOKE toolkit and equip our amazing sustainability team with the resources they needed to make the 6th biennial GWC an event that walks the talk and more. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results!

Our goals for the next GWC include:

  • Reduce our attendee and speaker travel emissions through teleconferencing capabilities where needed.
  • Incorporate an adaptive surf therapy organization for a volunteer day at a local beach.
  • Reduce the amount of outside waste brought in by attendees to the event and increase signage and volunteer engagement to ensure attendees properly sort their compostables and recyclables at all times. Strive for 99% or more waste diversion.
  • Book a venue with on-site renewable energy.

We appreciate you wanting to learn more about our sustainable event practices and our community’s efforts to protect coastlines and oceans. We hope to see you in 2022!

Andrew McKinnon, event organizer of GWC2020, Chair of the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve and member of Vision Council for Save the Waves