by Juanita Canzoneri
Since 2009 we have been working to lessen our Art Festival's environmental impact. Partnering with Transition Town Manitou Springs and Pikes Peak Permaculture has made a huge impact on our Zero Waste Event.
“A Transition town, or more generally a transition initiative, is a grassroot community project that seeks to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability by creating local groups that uphold the values of the transition network.” Wikipedia
Last year we diverted 70% of the trash and waste generated by our event away from landfills. Our ultimate goal is 100%. We may not get there this year, but we’re working toward it.
The term we use most often is that we work to make our festival a “sustainable” event.
1. pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse
2. capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage: sustainable development
To that end Transition Town Manitou Springs and their volunteers help to sort waste into the proper bins. We make sure that our food vendors supply only plates/cups/cutlery that is compostable.
We ask our patrons to bring their own water bottles and reusable shopping bags. We also have reusable shopping bags for sale at the Information Booth.
If you would like to volunteer to help with these efforts, please contact us. Transition Town has 3-4 hour slots available all weekend long.