A Greener Festival (AGF), the international not for profit organisation, has announced 34 winners of the 11th A Greener Festival Awards and the first Greener Event Awards (TGEA) from summer 2017.
Festivals and events from 12 countries participated in the awards in 2017. Applicants undergo a rigorous assessment, site visit and post event analysis of the events sustainability actions. Events are assessed on 11 main areas including transport, waste, power, water and local area impacts.
Christina Bilde, Roskilde Festival’s spokeswoman, commented: “Our ambition is to create a festival without a negative environmental impact, and we already have many years of experience in creating sustainable initiatives. With the report and the highly commended award from A Greener Festival we now have a collection of very useful data that can help us take our efforts to a new level. At the same time, it is a great compliment to the many volunteers who are involved in reducing Roskilde Festival’s environmental impact.”
An awards ceremony for winners was held at Eurosonic Noorderslag, the Netherlands on January 18. Awards are made completely out of reused materials including salvaged tents by J Dress Myself and reclaimed wood turned by Steve O’Neill. AGF directors Teresa Moore and Claire O’Neill presented the awards to winners including Das Fest, Roskilde Festival, Ilosaarirock , Metal Days and Welcome to the Village.
Robin Bennett, organiser of Wood Festival, commented: “Ever since we started, we’ve wanted Wood Festival to be an inspiring example of sustainability in action. Working with A Greener Festival gives us an objective, fair assessment of how we’re doing, and with their help and support we keep trying to improve. We are thrilled to be judged outstanding just in time for our tenth anniversary!”
O’Neill added: “We are extremely proud of the winners of the AGF and TGEA awards. They have to meet a very strict criteria to be awarded, and their actions and passion for sustainability set them aside as the future of festivals and events in the industry. There’s always further to go, and these winners are paving the way for the benefit of us all.”
Applications are now open for the Greener Festival Award 2018. Events should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
A full list of the winners can be found here.