Festival Footprint Initiative

A Step in the Right Direction

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) is pleased to announce its Festival Footprint Initiative in partnership with Toyota. With Toyota’s support, we aim to transform our festival into a zero waste event over the next three to five years. In 2018, we debuted sustainability programming at Top of the Park to inspire and bring awareness to the environment. To learn more or get involved, email info@a2sf.org.


We believe art should be everywhere. Nature frames over 80% of our programming. Whether it’s an aerialist employing a blue-sky backdrop or magnolia trees shading a large spectacle along Ingalls Mall, nature is an extraordinary venue.

What remarkable action can you think of to get people talking about reducing waste? Share your thoughts @aasummerfest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #festivalfootprint.

Highlights from 2018’s Festival Footprint sustainability programming included Detroit Artist Juan Martinez and his Pedal Powered Kinetic Sculptures “Made in Detroit”, an interactive game show workshop hosted by the Ecology Center called “Guess What’s In It?”, and a Long Table discussion (video above) on waste reduction that fostered meaningful discussions between civic-minded Ann Arborites. Participants included Adam C. Simon, University of Michigan Associate Professor from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Toyota Motor North America Director, Kevin Webber, Ann Arbor Summer Festival Executive Director Mike Michelon, Huron River Watershed Council Executive Director Laura Rubin, Ecology Center Executive Director Michael Garfield, Director, Michigan Sustainability Cases, open access on Gala, A2SF Programming & Operations Manager, James Carter, and numerous community members.

The Festival Footprint Initiative is a part of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050, which introduced a set of six global challenges that will move the company beyond zero environmental impact to achieving a net positive impact on society.

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