No news to anyone out there on planet earth, that our planet is not doing so great. Does that mean we cant have any more fun. Heck no!
Planning a big environmentally intelligent event takes some teamwork. Casey Brennan, a board member on our non-profit society, is solely dedicated to just that!
I caught up with Casey for a coffee…
Chan: What green initiatives does Wapiti take?
Casey: Ok there are quite a few, lets go over them all…
· Wapiti has reusable steel beer and wine cups. The beer cups are made from recycled steel. They are produced in England- the birthplace of steel. The are the same cups at the Glastonbury Festival.
· Composting, using a 3 receptacle waste system, Wapiti composts as much organic material as possible,
· We Recycle – Wapiti is expanding to 4 steams to further reduce waste
· Bike Valet – We encourage riding bikes to Wapiti. We offer a FREE secure bike valet
· Vendor education. We educate vendors on how to reduce and compost.
· Wapiti commissions art made of recycled goods. Recycling can be beautiful.
· Clean drinking water is provided on site, goers can bring their own bottles.
· We have limited passes for a small intimate and well managed event.
Chan: What does Wapiti do really well?
Casey: Wapiti takes the initiatives to do better, to be leaders. By keeping it intimate. Also the music is fresh and well curated!
Chan: What can festival goers to do make festivals more green?
Casey: They could bike or walk, bring own bottles and food containers. Vendors will serve food in them. They can support in the waster reducing efforts.
Chan: The planet is hurting, what can we do at Wapiti to help?
Casey: There are so many events all the time, people tend to turn off , they don’t want to the necessary steps. I think just keep the planet in mind, its doesn’t take that much more time. Just buy supporting arts and music, as it’s low carbon enjoyment.
Wapiti is a great green choice. Our passes are limited and we are already on Tier 3, Adult weekend is $89.
Cheers to the planet!
Artistic Director, Wapiti Music Festival