FINAL LIST OF GREENER FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009
The final list of Greener Festival Award winners has been announced for 2009 with another twenty festivals picking up the prestigious prize, adding to the seventeen which were announced in July.
The new awards go to festivals worldwide, including US Festivals Rothbury and California’s West Beach Music & Arts Festival which join first-round winners Bonnaroo and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. International winners in 2009 include Glastonbury, and Australia’s Peats Ridge.
The award is awarded in three categories: “improving,” “outstanding,” and the standard “Greener Festival” award which falls between the two. The organizers of the award, UK non-profit A Greener Festival, said that they were particularly pleased that 12 festivals had won the “outstanding” award in 2009, including repeat winners Rothbury and Bonnaroo in the US. The Award is based on a 56 part questionnaire which covers office management, greenhouse gas emissions, supporting green initiatives, travel and transport, waste and recycling, water management, environmental protection and noise reduction.Almost all the festivals were visited by an independent auditor to assess their green efforts.
Auditors were pleased this year by Bonnaroo, which also won an “outstanding” award in 2008. The festival auditor noted that in 2009, Bonnaroo concentrated on a “Buy Local” message, and improved their energy footprint by installing new electrical capabilities. This allowed them to plug directly into the local power grid and reduced their energy consumption in the process. Other on site features include permanent water wells, a composting pad and the newly planted Bonnaroo Victory Vegetable Garden. Bonnaroo’s many areas of education include the necessity of carbon reduction, the need for composting, reducing bottle water usage, viable uses of solar energy, recycling everything possible, and reducing the use of unnecessary items.
Not to be outdone, Michigan’s Rothbury Festival, also a 2008 “outstanding” award winner, scooped up the same award in 2009. The festival, which heavily promotes its green credentials, impressed its auditor with its effective promotion of alternatives to bottled water, impressive rates of composting and recycling, and a commitment to sourcing products locally that stretched all the way to the stages, where several local bands were given the chance to play to new audiences. According to Sarah Haynes, President of the Spitfire Agency, Rothbury’s greening consultant, “Rothbury works hard to have the minimum impact on the planet while having the maximum impact on its people. We always ‘green’ with transparency in the hopes that others will take notice and join us in this most important mission.”
Two other US festivals won the award for the first time in 2009. California’s West Beach event, held on the beach in Santa Barbara, joined the Atlanta Jazz Fest in garnering the awards.
All winning festivals will receive a special trophy designed by Sade Goddard from Keswick School in Cumbria, England. Goddard designed the award as part of a competition among UK school children. Her winning design features a Red Kite motif and is made from recycled plastic bottles, crushed CDs and remolded “Wellington” boots, a necessity at the perennially muddy Glastonbury festival.
The winner of the overall Greener Festival Award 2009 will be announced at the UK Festival Awards which will be held at the O2 Arena in London on November 19th 2009.
A Greener Festival co-founder Ben Challis said “We were worried that in a year when the recession bit hard we might see Festivals shying away from their ongoing commitment to green issues, but we have been generally pleased with the efforts of festivals around the world to keep sustainability high on their own agenda and to promote environmental awareness to fans. We had more ‘outstanding’ winners in 2009 and a 20% rise in applications from 2008, with more international applications than ever including five winners from Australia, four from the USA and four from mainland Europe.
The Greener Festival Awards are supported by insurance brokers Robertson Taylor.
About A Greener Festival
A Greener Festival Ltd. is a not-for-profit company committed to help music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices through providing information, by providing education resources and by swapping ideas. The organisation’s website www.agreenerfestival.com provides information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently employed at music and arts festivals and provides a forum for discussion about how the impact of festivals on the environment and how these can be limited at future events by by providing information on the best ideas for greener festivals from around the world.
Apart from the Greener Festival Awards scheme, current initiatives include the annual ‘Great Big Green Ideas’ competition run with the Big Issue and Virtualfestivals.com to encourage members of the public to suggest new ideas for festivals to ‘get greener’, a new environmental project called Festival Wood which will be a new wood planted by donations from festival goers, a certificate in sustainable event management offered by Buckinghamshire New University and pan-European research into trends and developments in environmental good practice.
The three co-founders of A Greener Festival are Ben Challis, Claire O’Neill and Luke Westbury who all work in the entertainment sector in the UK. They are supported by a team of volunteer environmental assessors who audit festivals for the Awards scheme.
FINAL WINNERS: THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD 2009
OUTSTANDING GREENER FESTIVALS
BIG TENT (Scotland)
CROISSANT NEUF (England)
ISLE OF WIGHT (England)
PEATS RIDGE (Aus)
THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
BIG SESSION (England)
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL (England)
CAMP BESTIVAL (England)
THE CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
THE FALLS FESTIVAL (Australia)
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL (England)
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (England)
OYAL FESTIVALEN (Norway)
ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH (Italy)
SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER (England)
WEST BEACH (USA)
IMPROVING GREENER FESTIVALS
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL (USA)
BIG CHILL (England)
THE GLADE (England)
HYDE PARK CALLING (England)
STANDON CALLING (England)
The Greener Festival independent auditors who undertake the on-site assessments are either experienced people working in the live music industry or environmental scientists.