A Greener Festival

This is a guest post from Ben Challis one of the Co-Founders of A Greener Festival.

A Greener Festival is a not for profit organisation that promotes sustainability and environmentally friendly practices and music festivals and other live events. Whilst a number of festivals in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the World have been instrumental in promoting green living and sustainable lifestyles for many years, there seemed to be a need to have a central resource where event organisers – and festival goers – could swap ideas and good practice. A Greener Festival grew out of that need and our 2005 research which showed that the audience going to events was worried about noise, pollution, waste and, increasingly, greenhouse gas emissions.

A GREENER FESTIVALAgainst a background of increasing recognition of climate change and the effect of greenhouse gases on climate, and a dramatic increase in planned legislation, we hope to have helped music and arts festivals around the World promote sustainable events and sustainable lifestyles. Last year 47 festivals entered our Greener Festival Awards scheme, hundreds of festival goers took part in our Great Big Green ideas competition, we spoke to hundreds of event organisers at conferences and seminars around the World (in Australia, Hungary, Finland, Belgium, Germany, UK in 2010-2011), we helped introduce a new discount scheme for insurance for festivals who engage in green initiatives, produced and promoted a new album, ‘Festival Harvest’ with 28 new bands packaged in lower carbon recycled card and we visited a number of Universities promoting sustainable event management.

Winners of the ‘outstanding’ Greener Festuval Award in 2010 were Big Tent (Scotland), Croissant Neuf Summer Party (England), Boom (Portugal), Isle of Wight Festival (England), Lightning in a Bottle (USA), Osheaga (Canada), Oya Festival (Norway), Peats Riige (Australia), Shambala (England), Sunrise Summer Celebration (England) and Wood Festival (England) whilst ‘highly commended’ events included the Glastonbury Festival, T-in-the-Park, Waveform, Bonnaroo in the USA, Malmo Festival in Norway and Bestival.

For more information please visit www.agreenerfestival.com

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