In 2009 the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association decided to make the festival as green as possible. Every year the festival producers challenge themselves to increase the number of positive environmental practices.
Changes to power servicing boxes has meant that, over the last three years, power consumption has decreased by an estimated 30%. Solar panels were tested at the 2018 and 2019 events with the plan to become net neutral.
Bicycle Compounds Doubled in size again after doubling in size in 2017 and 2018 as well. The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters again manned the sites and provided security, minor repairs AND repair clinics.
There is no parking on-site, or nearby making the Festival Alberta’s largest Park and Ride event. The Edmonton Transit Service customizes and subsidizes bus services for the event to guarantee city wide park and ride access via the City of Edmonton’s bus and LRT network.
A new compostables system, using made-in-Edmonton freestanding compostables bag holders and signage. This means more compostables handled properly and the system means less work and less back strain by eliminating cans with sides.
All plates, cups, utensils, napkins and otherwise are 100% compostable. Not to be confused with recyclable they are 100% compostable as per European Standard EN13432. For the first time EHFA as able to source recycleable and reusable straws for bubble tea.
In 2015, 400,000 maps were printed for use onsite. By the use of downloadable pdf maps, google maps, and larger more friendly on-site maps. that number has decreased to 80,000 with a goal of reaching zero maps printed by 2021.
Green Team Volunteers on site.
All grey water waste is collected on site and filtered before entering the sewer system
On site bottle collection and recycling. All bottles were collected on-site by Juventus Youth Soccer as a fund-raiser and in cooperation with Alberta Bottle Recycling Association.