Our new GREENER FESTIVAL AWARDS scheme is open for 2010. If you organise a music or arts festival – or if you work at a festival – make sure you get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Self Assessment form can be downloaded from the home pages on this website. This can be returned either to return digitally (preferred) or as a pdf to be posted back. Each Festival that enters needs to complete this Self Assessment and then submit this to us before your event with as much supporting documentation as possible – this might include a carbon footprint, an environmental impact assessment or a traffic and transport plan. There are some very useful tools on the Julies Bicycle website (the IG Tools) to help festivals and events measure greenhouse gas emissions – see http://www.juliesbicycle.com/resources and these can help reduce your carbon footprint. We will also need to appoint an environmental assessor to visit your Festival to complete an independent audit.
In 2009 37 festivals in the UK, mainland Europe, the USA and Australia were awarded our prestigious award and recipients included T-in-the-Park in Scotland, The Isle of Wight, The City of London Festival, Waveform, Croissant Neuf and Glastonbury in the UK, Bonnaroo and Rothbury in the USA and Bluesfest and Peats Ridge in Australia. The Awards are widely publicised in both trade press and in mainstream press around the world and are recognised as a significant independent award recognising best environmental practice. The overall Greener Festival Award for best environmental performance will be awarded to one festival at the UK Festival Awards 2010. We also have linked up with Yourope and Virtual Festivals for the European Festival Awards and they will award the overall Green ‘n’ Clean Award for best environmental performance for a European Festival at the European Festival Awards 2010. This year the winners in the UK were the Croissant Neuf festival and the Winners in Europe were the Oya Festival in Norway.