Why we exist People Laura Pando Martinez Laura has over 10 years experience in the production of international live music events. She was the Sustainability Manager at Festival Republic from 2011 to 2015 where her main focus was to embed sustainable practice and systems into Latitude, Electric Picnic, Reading and Leeds festivals. Laura's expertise lays in organisational change, staff, contractors and audience’s engagement, carbon reduction strategies (including sustainable travel and energy and waste management). She achieved important carbon reductions and largely improved the company’s environmental performance across the board, which won Festival Republic several accolades, including 3 IG star rating across all criteria for Reading festival from 2012 to 2014 and Leeds festival in 2013 and 2014. Laura has led funded research projects focused on behavioural change and business circularity. Laura joined Julie's Bicycle in 2016 and holds an overview of the Arts Council Environmental Programme, focused in working with cultural organisations on how to understand and improve their environmental performance and to share knowledge and best practice around sustainable solutions. She manages the strategic development of this partnership and is involved in the delivery of workshop sessions and networking opportunities as well as the development of practical resources and tools for the sector to implement environmental sustainability. She also supports the overall strategy and delivery of Julie's Bicycle's consultancy portfolio and Julie’s Bicycle’s operations. Speak to Laura about festivals and waste.