Through the process of continuous improvement, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will strive to implement policies and practices that strengthen our cultural, financial and ecological sustainability.
The Festival has determined that continuing existing practises and the implementation of a number of new initiatives are fundamental to this approach.
We will design, organize and implement our productions and operations in a way that minimizes our negative environmental impacts.
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Some of the things we do to minimize the Festival's eco-footprint:
- Partnering with varying nonprofit groups in Salmon Arm since 2001, we have developed an aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling program which has been a successful collaboration for all involved.
- We ensure that a cardboard recycling bin is on site and properly marked to enable our volunteers, patrons, and vendors easy access.
- In our office all waste paper, cardboard, and plastic containers are recycled and we purchase only eco-friendly printer paper. We Reduce/Reuse/Recycle whenever we can.
- Whenever possible we source locally grown fruits and vegetables for the Volunteer and Performer lounge food tables and use biodegradable cutlery in these areas.
- We provide bicycle racks for cyclists and the city provides free transit in the downtown core during the Festival.
- Our Gardening Crew has planted hundreds of locally sourced xeriscape perennials throughout the site and partnering with the Salmon Arm Fall Fair Board, we are committed to adding to the number of trees that SAFMS has already planted.
- All gray water discharge from our event is responsibly drained into the municipal sewer treatment system.
- Post-festival we leave the Fairgrounds in pristine shape.