Sustainable events praised by A Greener Festival Awards

The final winners of the 2012 A Greener Festival Award have been announced with 13 more UK, European and North American winners picking up the gong along with the first ever winner from Brazil (Universo Parallelo).

Festival Republic’s Latitude was highly commended by the auditing team and Lightening in a Bottle, USA, received a prize for being outstanding. Leeds Festival and Reading Festival were commended for their efforts and the organisers of Barclaycard Wireless, Hard Rock Calling, T in the Park and the Milton Keynes Fringe Festival were all said to be improving their practices.

Ben Challis, co-founder of A Greener Festival (AGF), said of the winners:  “This year we saw a reduced number of events winning our award – 41 winners, down from 47 in 2011. The appallingly wet weather in the UK certainly had a negative effect, as did festival cancellations around the world, and the global recession didn’t help. But we are so proud of our winners, especially as some events had to battle against extreme weather just to stage their shows. All are worthy”.

A Greener Festival has also announced four new Green Inspiration Awards for projects that promote sustainability and captured the imagination of AGF’s team of volunteer environmental assessors. The four worthy winners are: Boom Festival for its STAR waste water recycling scheme, Shambala Festival for its Surplus Supper Club food recycling scheme (UK), Sustain for its Good Food For Festivals Guide and Open Air Festival for its on-site biodigesters.

The overall winner of the UK’s Greener Festival Award will be made at the UK Festival Awards on December 3 (Monday) at the London Roundhouse.