TD Irie Festival organizers have embarked on a journey to make the annual festival green and sustainable. The festival draws thousands of audience members, from diverse backgrounds, to Nathan Philip Square, Queens Park and Yonge and Dundas Square, and we are taking many steps to reduce our carbon footprint* and tread a little lightly on mother earth. Essentially, as organizers we want to reduce our negative impact on the environment by reducing our waste, energy use and support local supplier and business where possible. We are partnering with Bullfrog power to supply green, clean energy and measuring our carbon footprint to set standards. We will have water and recycling stations at our Queens Park and Yonge and Dundas Square location, which will be supervised by volunteers to improve waste collection. With the help of Inorganic Waste, we will be collecting electronic waste for the duration of the festival and we will be setting up a Farmers Market. At our Queens Park location we will have a Green Village dedicated to environmental organizations and green merchants, panel discussions on our special Green Day – Monday, August 1st.
*Carbon footprint – definition
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.
The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Our Green Commitment:
- Reduce waste generated by the festival, and divert it from landfills. Where possible, all items being used and sold at the festival will be 100% compostable/biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.
- Support local food and green businesses.
- Build a strategy to measure and reduce our carbon footprint over the next 5 years and reach carbon neutral status by 2014.
- Provide information to our audience and festival participants to make green commitments and improve their daily life.
Our greening initiatives are ones we are committed to, and we will have dedicated and trained Eco Ambassadors on hand to help our audience members with directions and resource related inquiries. Volunteers will be trained as Eco Ambassadors to promote our initiative, assist with recycling stations and guide festival goers in a greener direction.