We’ve set up a streamlined program to process landfill trash, recycling, and biodegradable (compostable) materials, such as food, paper products, and bio-plastics, at our festival. This system typically reduces trash to the landfill by 80% to 90%. Wanderlust will provide waste stations for festival goers and supply staff there to explain their proper usage and function. Wanderlust will also arrange for separate dumpsters and hauling for recycling, compost and trash.
Sustainable Food & Beverage Products
Wanderlust has committed to an unparalleled sustainable food and beverage program. On the food side, we are sourcing from local vendors wherever possible. We've also introduced an on-site farmer's market featuring locally-grown and prepared foods. Where local options are not available, we're purchasing only organic, sustainably farmed foods.
Equally important, the products (primarily utensils, cups, plates and other food-service ware) that Wanderlust uses are all sustainable. Products made of Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastics (such as white picnic cutlery) have been banned at the event to avoid contamination and reach our zero-waste goal. We are providing water filling stations throughout the festival to reduce bottled water waste. Our commitment is shared not just by producers and organizers, but also by our vendors, who will also participate in our environmental program.
BIO-DIESEL SOURCING & DISTRIBUTION
Wanderlust's site, Whistler, is extremely progressive from an environmental perspective. Since 2000, Whistler has reduced their waste by more than 60%. Between 2008 and 2009 alone, they saw waste reduced by 42% in their restaurants through the implementation of large-scale composting at all of their large facilities.
In 2010, a micro hydro renewable energy plant situated in the middle of Whistler underneath Peak to Peak Gondola built through a partnership began production. The project returns to the grid the equivalent of Whistler annual demand. Not only is a Zero Operating Footprint possible, it represents good business. Today, Whistler's sustainability programs return over $750,000.00 in savings to our bottom line and help to improve efficiency and employee and guest satisfaction. Click here to learn more about their greening initatives.
We've partnered with ZeroHero to offset all emissions generated at the event. In addition, we're offering ticketholders the option of contributing up to $6 to offset their transportation-related carbon emissions while traveling to and from the festival. 100% of this revenue will be paid to our carbon-offset partner, Green Mountain Energy.
Wanderlust will train at least fifty volunteers to be part of an on-site Green Team. The Green Team will be stationed at waste reclamation stations to explain the proper separation and disposal of compostable materials, recyclables, and waste. We will also operate an information booth detailing the festival's environmental commitments.