25 festivals across 13 countries awarded for 2016.
10th year of the Greener Festival Awards
Tougher standards raise the bar and challenge events.
Awards presented at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands.
We are delighted to announced all 25 winners of the Greener Festival Award from 2016. These are the first events to receive this prestigious award since it’s relaunch last year, with additional requirements of events who apply.
An Awards ceremony for winners was held at EPIC, Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with Green Event Netherlands on Friday 13th January, 2017. AGF Director Teresa Moore presented certificates to winners including Glastonbury Festival (UK), Das Fest (Germany) and Body & Soul (Ireland)
Events who have achieved the Greener Festival Award 2016 have shown an incredible dedication to walking the talk, minimising the environmental impact of their events and using them as a positive and much needed portal for change. It has not at all been easy, with the most challenging assessments to face events in our 10 year history. We salute all of you!
To participate festivals are required to complete a self-assessment looking at 11 categories of sustainability including travel & transport, waste, local ecosystems and external reach and behaviour. Independent AGF Auditors visit the event to inspect the actions on the ground, and work with the organisers post event to gather supporting evidence and data.
An insight to what these events are doing, and what is on the horizon for sustainable events will be presented at the 9th annual Green Events & Innovations Conference, London, 7th March, in association with the International Live Music Conference (ILMC).
André Soares, Sustainability Designer of Boom Festival (Portugal) said “Boom Festival 2016 was a great personal challenge and this award means more than you can imagine. I appreciate all the work [A Greener Festival] have done to increment the evaluation criteria and I believe the results of your work will have a lasting impact in the music and festival industry.”
Najma Souroque, Sustainability Manager of We Love Green (Paris) said "We Love Green festival is very proud to have reached an Outstanding in the 'A Greener Festival Awards 2016’. A Greener FestivalIs the ultimate reward for an event committed to sustainable development. We Love Green team thanks A greener festival for its inspiring methods and analysis work & will continue to share achievements and successes globally. "
Robert Gomez, Green Music Fest (Chicago, USA) Founder shared that, “Being 'Highly Commended' by A Greener Festival really validates Green Music Fest's environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices and, we hope, inspires other local festivals to consider doing the same.”
Artur Mendes, Boom Festival “"We are happy to get the award once again, for the 5th time in a row the Greener Festival auditors recognised Boom with the Outstanding prize. It is the only eco award for festivals that we give credibility as there is a team visiting the festivals and this year the evaluation was more thorough and detailed; Boom is totally independent, no sponsors, and engaging in sustainability is made strictly with our own resources and an amazing contribution of our fabulous Boomers. On the other hand, we are using the Boom experience to reforest the Boomland and act on many fronts such as charity, on the integration of people, and positively affect the surrounding area of the festival which is one of the poorest in Portugal with unemployment rate of 16% and more than 50% pensioners. We dedicate this award to all Boomers".
MORE NEWS FROM AGF HQ
EARLY BIRD SOLD OUT. GET DELEGATE PASSES WHILE THEY LAST.
Our annual Green Events & Innovations Conference takes place again this spring for the 9th edition, including a 5* lunch and closing drinks for delegates!
This year we share our lunch and break out session with IPM, a gathering of 300 production managers and event professionals. A 5* lunch will be provided and drinks reception following the event giving ample time for networking, as well as the usual top programme of event sustainability topics.
Check out the videos of all of last years presentations and panels.
Join us to stay abreast of the latest thinking, actions and technologies in event sustainability.
TRAINING FOR AGF ASSESSORS AND EVENT PROFESSIONALS
The AGF Assessor training will take place in March 2017, presently in London and Manchester.
This training in "An Introduction to Sustainable Event Management" is suitable for those wishing to volunteers as Festival assessors for A Greener Festival, and also for anyone with an interest or active in career in event sustainability.
Our first Associate Members joined A Greener Festival in 2016. Find out more about what they do and how you can join here.
We welcome Falmouth University and Manchester Metropolitan University as Education Associates of A Greener Festival. Find out more here.
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