The Edmonton Folk Festival has been providing Edmontonians with a great variety of music for the past 40 years. The Festival receives about 20,000 people a day for four days and hosting such a large event comes with its challenges. However, since the early 90’s the team behind the Festival has managed to “keep it green” and minimize the impact on the environment.
The Festival reduces its impact in various ways, from providing a bike lock-up service to promote sustainable commuting to composting food waste and using reusable plates. Knowing that plastic takes a significant amount of time to decompose, the Folk Fest partnered with Big Rock Breweries to provide fully compostable beer cups so that patrons can enjoy the beer gardens guilt-free!
This year Change for Climate is supporting the Festival by helping to offset its energy use with renewable resources. This means that the same amount of electricity used during the Festival will be put back into the grid in the form of renewable energy. We purchase the offsets through Bullfrog Power and their generators put green power onto the grid to match the amount of conventional electricity the event uses, displacing energy from polluting sources. Across Canada, Bullfrog's green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from Canadian renewable energy facilities.
In addition to sponsoring green electricity for the Festival, we will be on site where we hope to engage in meaningful conversations about climate change and what we can do to take action against it.
While you’re learning about Change for Climate and it’s various initiatives, you can charge your phone using our solar powered charging station and enter to win an e-bike.
The Edmonton Folk Festival takes place Aug. 8-11 at Gallagher Park. See you there!