CBC News: Calgary Folk Music Fest ditches bottled water

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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Calgary's Folk Music Festival is getting a little greener this year — organizers are no longer selling bottled water at the event.

It is the latest green initiative at the festival, where compostable cups and recyclable plates are already fixtures. 

Leor Rotchild is in charge of making the festival's green dreams a reality.

"We always ask the question: 'Do you think this is a program that we can run right from the start?' as if it is going to be scaled up to the point where other festivals can do this."

Doug Boyd, part of the festival's green team, has been rummaging through cans and bottles at the Calgary Folk Festival for more than a decade.

This year, Boyd and his team will be informing festival goers that bottled water is no longer welcome on the grounds — but that's as far as the team will go.

"We will have to be pretty draconian if we were to search everyone that were coming in the gate ... that had an ilicit water bottle on them and confiscated it."

Rotchild said the music still comes first.

 "We are not planning to punish anybody that doesn't go along with our programs," he said. "At the end of the day, we are still going to supply fantastic music." 

Rotchild said more green ideas will likely be unveiled at next year's festival.

 He is hoping other festivals across the country will follow Calgary's lead.

Posted: Jul 23, 2011 4:05 PM MT