Striving to reduce the environmental impact the Festival makes in our community, organizers have implemented a series of measures to solidify the Festival’s commitment to the environment and sustainable development.
A policy of sustainable development
In a sustainable development dynamic, the Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke is well aware of the environmental impact that holding the event can create. As a touristic product in the sector of cultural events, the Festival uses the resources of its milieu and produces considerable waste, putting more pressure on the natural, socio-cultural, and economic environment. To counter these negative effects, the Festival adopted a policy of sustainable development three years ago that seeks to :
- ensure Festival actions fall within the confines of existing laws and regulations;
- minimize its ecological footprint;
- make visitors, artists, artisans, exhibitors, restaurateurs, volunteers, partners, suppliers, and sponsors aware of the various points of sustainable development.
The Festival prioritizes the following actions :
1. Management of residual waste : To implement initiatives that promote best environmental practices as regards the management of organic and non-organic matter, based on the principle of the 4Rs (rethink, reduce, re-use, recycle).
2. Mobility of visitors and participants : To increase the accessibility of events while improving environmental performance; in partnership with the Société de transport de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke transit) reducing bus fares from $3.25 to $1 for the duration of the Festival and offer free shuttle bus service to access the site.
3. Eco-responsible procurement : To favour local suppliers, thereby contributing to the regional economy and reducing the environmental impact associated with long-distance transportation.
4. Responsible employer : To promote harmonious relationships between employees by offering them a clean and safe workplace; to have equitable hiring practices and fair working conditions.
5. The role of volunteers : To invite people from the local community to volunteer time and talent to the benefit of the Festival. Every year, over 450 volunteers, divided into 20 committees, help to make the Festival a success.
6. Environmental awareness : To help visitors and participants develop an environmental culture and encourage them to make respect for the environment part of their daily lives.
We need your help!
Since the 17th edition in 2014, the Festival has been working to limit the number of disposable glasses on the site and sell reusable glasses that festival-goers can keep during all festivities and even after.
Green recycling bins can be found throughout the site. Make sure you use them to discard plastic bottles and glasses.
We provide compostable dishes. Make sure you put them in the brown compost bins when you are finished eating. Great idea, don’t you think?
Travel more ecologically : Come to the Festival by bus. It only costs a dollar! You can also leave your car at the CEGEP de Sherbrooke or at the Galeries Quatre Saisons and take the shuttle bus free of charge.