Our Organization

Environmental Sustainability

The Winnipeg Folk Festival operates environmental sustainability programs at the annual summer Festival at Birds Hill Provincial Park, year round at the office and at events throughout the year. We consciously embrace environmentally responsible business practices and minimizing environmental impact remains a key organizational goal.

The Winnipeg Folk Fest was the first event in Canada to be certified by The Eco-Logo Program as an environmentally-friendly event. In fact, our festival was used as the model for Eco-Logo's high environmental standards for events. We have also received Fair Trade certification for our purchasing standards and in 2013 were awarded with A Greener Festival Award for our overall work in sustainability.

We carefully consider environmental impact when making decisions.  Wherever possible, we adopt practices and use products that are more environmentally friendly. We make many changes to better our organization and festival each year and the are committed to utilizing best practices. We hope to continue to act as an example and lead in the field for similar events across Canada. 

As a not-for-profit organization with limited resources, many of these programs have been undertaken at a cost. We find sponsors and funders to support our programs where possible, but feel that it’s important to invest in the most environmental practices we can, which is why we have implemented an eco fee as a part of this year’s ticket purchase.

Throughout our website you will see information about our environmental initiatives – from plate return at the Festival site to composting at the campgrounds, there are lots of things we do and are always aiming to do more. We thank you for your support in making this happen!

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