January 10, 2014 ─ Reflecting the cultural milieu's engagement with principles of sustainable development, Montréal festivals are looking to be increasingly eco-responsible. This practice has been translated into concrete actions in the management of the following five events.
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal was among the first major events in North America to establish carbon neutrality. In conjunction with its partner, Rio Tinto Alcan, the festival encourages reduction at source, optimizing reuse, maximizing recycling, and valorizing organic materials. The Festival has also launched a plethora of social initiatives reflecting its commitment to sustainable citizen engagement.
Piknic Électronik rallies fans of electronic music at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The event continues to vigilantly monitor the social and environmental commitments formalized in its sustainable development plan. It also promotes sustainable transportation and many other ecological measures (dishes, compost, water bottles, etc.).
Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament
Tennis Canada has followed the path to sustainable development by integrating eco-friendly measures into the Rogers Cup organization, both by respecting the environment and engaging its tennis community. Here are some results: a material adjustment rate amounting to 75%; greenhouse gas emissions compensated by the purchase of carbon offsets from Planetair; and tournament accessibility for all, via the Free Family Weekend program.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil has consistently implemented best practices in sustainable development with regards to supply, relationships with business partners, and workplace conditions. This philosophy of "Global Citizenship" follows the organization through all its touring shows around the world.
MUTEK, a digital creativity and electronic music festival, valorizes local businesses. To compensate for the greenhouse gasses generated by the transportation of festivalgoers, MUTEK offers a Green Pass, which allows for the purchase of carbon offsets from Planetair and can be obtained with the Festival Passport or Weekend Pass.