Creating a Greener Festival
Yoga and environmental stewardship go hand in hand, right? There's not much explanation needed here, most of us understand. Therefore our Wanderlust Festivals, the embodiment of our Yogic cultural and lifestyle need to exemplify this stewardship. Furthermore, Wanderlust needs you to be the source of the sustainability programs because ultimately its you, our attendees, that make the programs a beautiful success or a messy failure. Please read below to find out a little more about Wanderlust's sustainability initiatives.
Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting
Wanderlust's innovative approach to landfill waste, recycling, and biodegradable (compostable) materials, such as food, bio-plastics and other organics, minimizes waste at our Festivals. We depend on conscious attendees to “put waste in its place” avoiding contamination. ZeroHero provides educational waste stations and greening volunteers to communicate their proper usage and function. We partner with local haulers, recyclers and compost facilities to complete the loop.
Sustainable Food & Beverage Products
There's so much to say regarding sustainability and supporting our local food economy. Food security, land stewardship, open spaces and nutrition are some of main reasons to support your local organic farmer. When available, Wanderlust commits to source fresh, local and organic food from area vendors and directly from farmers. Our on-site farmer’s market features locally-grown and prepared foods. Where local food is not available, purchasing organic, sustainably farmed foods remains our priority.
Also important are the products (primarily utensils, cups, plates and other food-service ware) that Wanderlust vendors purchases for use at our Festivals. Products made of Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastics (such as white picnic cutlery) have been banned at the events. This supports our recycling programs aim to avoid contamination and reach our waste diversion goals. Water filling stations placed throughout the festival will reduce the need for bottled water. Our commitment is shared not solely by producers and organizers, but also by our vendors, who will also participate in our environmental program.
Biodiesel Sourcing & Energy Considerations
Energy is at the center of the sustainability debate. Its valuable to note the progressive actions our venues take to support energy efficiency. Squaw Valley USA's chairlifts are electric, eliminating diesel emissions, and its High Camp facility uses recycled waste heat from the air conditioning system to heat the swimming pool. Biodiesel sourced from the Lake Tahoe area generates electricity to power our yoga venues. We also use biodiesel in our generators at Wanderlust Stratton.
Trees, Water & People (TWP) is excited to partner with Wanderlust Festival and guests to reduce the environmental impact of their yoga experiences around the world. TWP will offer carbon offsets for your purchase when you book your Wanderlust ticket and Wanderlust will make a donation to TWP to offest the production of each of our Festivals.
Why Offset Your Travel?
Offsetting your travel to one or more of the Wanderlust Festivals is easy and affordable.
For $15, you can reduce your impact and support important environmental projects.
TWP's Carbon Offset Projects
El Salvador & Guatemala
TWP’s clean cookstove program aims to replace open fire cooking with fuel efficient, clean cookstoves. In Central America, 80% of families cook their meals with firewood, a practice which contributes to carbon emissions as large quantities of forests are cut down for fuel and black carbon is emitted during cooking. The Justa cookstove in El Salvador and the Emelda cookstove in Guatemala were designed by TWP to mimic traditional stoves while using up to 70% less wood. Based on studies and calculations conducted by TWP and independent consultants, these savings in firewood equate to 1.5 - 2 tons of carbon emissions per year. Over the stove's minimum projected lifespan of five years, which equates to 7.5-10 tons of carbon avoided.
El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti
The goal of TWP’s Reforestation Program is to improve watershed health and implement sustainable land management practices throughout Central America and Haiti. Forests play an important part in regulating global climate. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, while cycling oxygen back into it. When trees are cut down, the CO2 is released again and it is estimated that up to 15% of the total amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere every year is released from trees being cut and burned. On average, one tree planted by TWP can sequester one ton of carbon over its lifetime. To account for natural mortality rates, we plant five trees per one ton offset.
El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras
One out of every two people in the world has limited access to safe and affordable sources of energy. In Central America alone, 7.4 million people do not have access to electricity, and millions more have unreliable and expensive access. TWP’s solar lighting program, Luciérnaga (meaning firefly in Spanish), offers a solution to this problem by distributing small (<15W) solar lighting technologies that affordably meet lighting and device charging needs for energy poor populations.
Families without access to electricity rely on kerosene as one of their main sources of light. Kerosene is source of greenhouse gas as it emits 2.6kg of CO2 equivalents per liter. A typical family in Central America uses 24 liters of kerosene a year, meaning that the replacement of solar lights can decrease CO2 emissions by up to 62kg per year and 312kg over the 5 year life span of the lamp.
Join the Wanderlust Green team & enjoy the Festival on us!
We value our sustainability efforts so much we're offering a select number of people a Festival pass to join our team. We will train at least fifty volunteers to be part of an on-site “Green Team” at our Festivals. Please click here to apply for our Wanderlust volunteer teams. Make sure to specify that you would like to work for Greening.