During the festival the “Green Team” is focused heavily on the Treefort main stage area. It is our largest “venue” for the festival and houses Radio Boise Stage, Merchandise, Alefort, Foodfort, Food Trucks, etc. It sees thousands of festival goers over the 3 days it is open and is essentially the hub of Treefort.
Our main stage waste collection efforts are top notch compared to many festivals in the country and certainly one of the best in Idaho. We monitor a dozen or more waste stations and focus on waste reduction by reusing, recycling, and composting more.
Boise has standard recycling available but composting in Boise at a household or even an event or commercial level is not an easy thing to do. Boise does not have any commercial composting options or services available. So how do we do it? Well, we get creative by partnering with one of the few companies in Boise who do have composting service.
One of the great things about being an urban festival is that many venues already have established waste management and recycling practices. In addition, most establishments use reusable food and drink containers so their recycle and waste footprint can be smaller than the main stage.
However, our venues are a part of the overall carbon footprint of Treefort so as we continue our work at measuring and reducing our carbon footprint we will be working closely with our venues to improve where we can.
We all love Boise and Treefort believes it is our responsibility to be a good citizen. Treefort takes care of Boise during the festival by dedicating a street team to clean up after fun nights of entertainment. Our crew is up early in the morning picking up what got left behind from the night before.
We encourage everyone to Look down. Pick up and keep Boise clean.
In order to reduce our use of non-renewable resources we continue to work with our sponsors and partners to keep Treefort green. It can be a challenge to power a festival without gas generators but our goal is to get there. And since Treefort happens in the spring we are at the mercy of mother nature to help us out.
Each year we look to find better ways that will maximize our use of solar energy. It is still very much a work in progress but as we move forward we also find ways to reduce the number of gas generators needed.
As Treefort’s sustainability efforts mature we are moving into measuring, understanding and reducing our carbon footprint.
2016 will be the year we begin formal efforts in measuring our footprint. We will begin with our Main stage area where we control the energy produced and how. In the following years we will continue our efforts out from the Main stage to include venues, suppliers and performers travel.