Festival Footprint Zero Waste Initiative
A Step in the Right Direction
Last year, we made a big commitment to the environment and sustainability: to become a zero waste event over two to three years. This year, we dramatically move forward as we aim to divert over 75% of our landfill waste to compost and recycling. You’ll notice three-stream waste receptacles throughout the festival footprint, and we’re tripling the number of volunteers to staff this extraordinary undertaking.
Additionally, all our food vendors and caterers are compliant, and we’re implementing water stations with the support of The City of Ann Arbor’s A2H2O program as we attempt to reduce plastic water bottle usage. Special thanks to the University of Michigan Office of Campus Sustainability and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner for their 2019 support. Transforming a gathering of this scale into a zero-waste event demonstrates a major commitment to improving the environment by the festival and our series sponsor, Toyota.
A new Festival Footprint Learning Center lands next to our Information Booth at Top of the Park, and groups from around Washtenaw County bring interactive activities to empower festival goers to take the Festival Footprint ideas home with them.
We believe art can change the way people see their environment and impact sustainability for generations. Our 2019 artistic and educational programming reflects those beliefs, and we are proud to partner with UMMA to present Mary Mattingly’s Objects in the Round June 27-30 in The Annex.