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Relaunched Greener Festival Awards return in 2016

The nomination process will now include an 'environmental impact assessment' to help festivals set targets and monitor progress

By IQ on 18 Jan 2016

Grass, A Greener Festival

image © A Greener Festival

The Greener Festival Awards, organised by environmental campaign group A Greener Festival, will return this summer after taking a year off in 2015.

As in previous years, festivals seeking an award will self-assess and provide supporting documentation, but the process now includes an ‘environmental impact assessment’ – and rather than submit a new application each year, repeat applicants will build on their initial assessments, set targets and monitor progress.

An on-site assessment from an AGF environmental auditor will still take place during each event.

“When A Greener Festival began 10 years ago we were trying to raise awareness about how to reduce the environmental impact of festivals,” says Claire O’Neill, co-founder of A Greener Festival. “The new process for the awards goes beyond promoting best practice and events successes, but also helps organisers to understand, plan and improve their entire event’s sustainability.”

A Greener Festival director Helen Innes adds: “The awards may be more challenging as a result of the additional requirements, but this is coupled with a more valuable service for participants who stand to gain not only recognition for their achievements but also a framework for understanding, managing and improving the sustainability of their events.”

The European and North American Awards will return at an as-yet-unannounced date this summer, with Australia, South Africa and other regions joining in 2016/17.

Email [email protected] to nominate a festival for a Greener Festival Award.