Through its sustainable development initiatives, OSHEAGA festival Musique et Arts minimizes its impact on the environment and maximizes its positive influence on society and the local economy, showing it is indeed possible to welcome thousands of festival-goers
to Parc Jean-Drapeau and reduce the festival’s environmental footprint.
In 2022, OSHEAGA received Level 2 certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec for its partner Modus Operandi Logistiques’ responsible event management (9700-253).
- Water stations for festival-goers to refill their reusable bottles. Several water fountains are also available in Parc Jean-Drapeau.
- Ban on single-use plastic containers, cups, utensils, and straws.
- Ban of Styrofoam from food kiosks.
- Use of compostable and/or recyclable tableware in food kiosks.
- Use of fewer generators to power festival installations (works in Parc Jean-Drapeau in 2019 improved the connection to Montréal’s hydroelectric grid).
- Access to the festival site via public transportation (Jean-Drapeau metro station).
- Incentives, via the festival’s website, mobile app and social media posts, to use active and/or collective transportation to come to Parc Jean-Drapeau.
- 100% recyclable, long-lasting, eco-friendly fabric bags and reusable bottles sold on the festival site.
- Support of the local workforce and partners (Stageline, Solotech, Échafauds Plus, Tentes Fiesta, Voiturettes M. Bouchard et Filles, and more): 84% of supplier headquarters are located within a 100-km radius and 91% of supplier branches are within a 300-km
radius of Parc Jean-Drapeau.
- Donation to the evenko foundation as part of the $1 per festival Ticket Sold initiative to provide musical instruments to schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Quebec.
- Services for people with reduced mobility or functional limitations: new signage, information kiosk, boarding and disembarking area, accompanying agent, and two reserved platforms for better access to the stages.
IMPACT OF O’LAND
OSHEAGA is pleased to have teamed up with O’Land for water-bottle-filling and handwashing stations in 2022, and plans on doing so again this year.
During the three-day festival in 2022:
- 68,000 fewer plastic bottles were used,
- approximately 2/3 of festival-goers were impacted, and
- 453 large plastic bags were saved.
This data was collected by the EyeOnWater app, connected to supported water utility accounts in each of the four stations.
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