Seventeen custom-designed waste stations, positioned throughout the Festival site, accommodate recyclables, compostables, and landfill waste. All waste is logged and accounted for, providing compressive checks and balances. These metrics allow the true, measurable accountability. “We are committed to providing the local and regional public examples of how to operate and produce sustainable events. The biggest challenge we face is the transformation of behavior. Education is the key to make these changes,” said Chaden Halfhill of Silent Rivers Design + Build, and chair of the Festival’s Sustainability Committee.
Another impressive component of the Festival’s sustainability plan is the incorporation of Ash trees the City of Des Moines had to cut down due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Instead of immediately disposing of these trees, Silent Rivers Design + Build has transformed them into fencing that surrounds the Festival’s VIP hospitality suites.
The Environmental Impact team is led by volunteers, including Urban Ambassadors
and the Wells Fargo Green Team, the largest Wells Fargo Green Team in the country.