Festival Planning

Pre-Planning and Implementation

Once you have decided you will be holding a festival or event, a series of decisions will need to be made regarding the number of participants, the location of the festival and the venue. In order to green this event, certain considerations must be factored in.
The main objective is to think green every step of the way!

Key questions to ask during the planning process are:

  • Is this product or service green?
  • How can I find out?
  • Is there a substitute for a non-green product?
  • Where can I find it?
  • What is the cost benefit of the green choices?

Consider the Participants

Pre-Planning and Implementation

Key questions to ask during the planning process are:

  • How many people will be participating?
  • What is the impact of each person?
  • What are the food requirements for each person?
  • What are consumer expectations?
  • What is the size of the event/festival?
  • Once these questions are answered, the planning of a greener event can occur. You will also need to consider:
    • Location and Modes of Transport
    • Sourcing of Materials and Procurement
    • Venue and Accommodation
    • Food/Beverage and Catering Services
    • Communication, Event Materials and Registration
    • Energy and Water
    • Waste Reuse and Recycling
    • Community and Engagement

Festival-Goer Green Tips

What You Can Do…

  • Bring your own mug or reusable water bottle
  • Sort Your Transport: Car pool, take public transport, or recycle
  • Always separate your waste into compost, garbage and recycling
  • Bring your own bag – plastic bags never fully biodegrade
  • Ask food vendors for compostable plates and cutlery
  • Use mobile apps and websites for information instead of printed brochures
  • Clean up your campsite (don’t forget your tent, chairs, garbage, etc)
  • Insist to your local municipality that all municipal events adopt green policies
  • Whenever given the chance to give feedback, share your thoughts on how important greening efforts are to your support of the event
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