This year’s 2018 Clearwater Award, honoring festivals who rise to the challenge of environmental stewardship and sustainable event production, goes to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, taking over from last year’s winner the Croton-on-Hudson, NY Clearwater Festival.
Founded in 1974, the four-day Manitoba, Canada based Winnipeg Folk Festival has earned its honors by way of its “leave no trace” principle and its commitment to continuing environmental sustainability by way of practice and deed, earning the first ever festival spot on Canada’s The Eco-Logo Program. The festival has also earned a Fair Trade certification and awarded a Greener Festival Award for its commitment to sustainability. By way of a bottled water ban, a compostable products mandate for food vendors and commitment to a bike ride sharing program to get fans to the site, the Winnipeg Folk Festival has blazed a sustainable path to this year’s award.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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