Greener Festival Award winners announced

20 events handed prestigious prize, full list revealed

Greener Festival Award winners announced

19 October 2009

Another 20 events have been given the prestigious prize, adding to the 17 festivals announced in July.

Bestival, City Of London Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Croissant Neuf Summer Party are among the new winners, joining the likes of Glastonbury, T In The Park and Isle of Wight Festival.

Speaking about the Awards, AGreenerFestival co-founder Ben Challis said: “We were worried that in a year when the recession bit hard we might see Festivals shying away from their ongoing commitment to green issues, but we have been generally pleased with the efforts of festivals around the world to keep sustainability high on their own agenda and to promote environmental awareness to fans.

“We had more ‘outstanding’ winners in 2009 and a 20% rise in applications from 2008, with more international applications than ever with five winners from Australia, four from the USA and four from mainland Europe. But much remains to be done and in the UK, a car centric society means that audience travel, and indeed leisure travel in general is a massive problem, clearly not helped by an obvious lack of coherent public transport policies."


An overall winner of the Award will be revealed at the UK Festival Awards, which takes place at indigO2, London on 19 November.

The organisers of the Award, campaign and advice group AGreenerFestival.com said that they were particularly pleased with the number of outstanding festivals in 2009 with twelve festivals being awarded very high marks.

The Award is based on a 56 part questionnaire which covers office management, greenhouse gas emissions, supporting green initiatives, travel and transport, waste and recycling, water management, environmental protection and noise reduction and almost all the festivals will receive a visit from an independent auditor to assess their green efforts.

The final winners of The Greener Festival Award 2009 are:
 
Outstanding Greener Festivals

BESTIVAL (England)
BONNAROO (USA)
BIG TENT (Scotland)
BLUESFEST (Aus)
CROISSANT NEUF (Wales)
ELOICA (Spain)
ISLE OF WIGHT (England)
PEATS RIDGE (Aus)            
ROTHBURY (USA
SOUTHBOUND (Aus)    
SUNRISE (England)    
WAVEFORM (England)
WORKHOUSE (Wales)

The Greener Festival Award Winners
BIG SESSION (England)
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL (England)
CAMP BESTIVAL (England)
THE CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL (England)
THE FALLS FESTIVAL (Australia)
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL (England)
FIREGATHERING (England)
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (England)
OYA FESTIVALEN (Norway)
ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH (Italy)                    
SONISPHERE (England)
SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER (England)
SZEGED (Hungary)
T-IN-THE-PARK (Scotland)
WEST BEACH (USA)
WOMADelaide (Australia)

Improving Greener Festivals

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL (USA)
BIG CHILL (England)
DOWNLOAD (England)
THE GLADE (England)
HYDE PARK CALLING (England)
STANDON CALLING (England)
WIRELESS (England)
Y-NOT (England)

The Greener Festival independent auditors who undertake the on-site assessments are either experienced people working in the live music industry or environmental scientists.

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