How can you help the 2021 Festival be the most sustainable yet? See a few easy tips below.
True/False believes in our responsibility to future generations to do what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community. Our mid-Missouri home is a beautiful place, and we’re pleased to have your help keeping our shared space a sublime place to discover beauty and art. Things look a bit different at the Park, but we encourage patrons and staff alike to follow these tips and always be mindful about cleaning up after themselves; leaving spaces as we found them!
Sustainability at True/False: It’s a Core Value
In a typical year, here are some of the initiatives that make T/F sustainable:
In the past three years, we’ve been increasing the amount of waste we are able to divert from the landfill. The below graph indicates the combined recycling and compost numbers in lbs from our primary events and collections from around Columbia from 2017 to 2019.
Each year we calculate our diversion rates (amount of waste from that event’s total waste that we were able to divert from the landfill) at our four largest events: Jubilee, Reality Bites, Fete, Closing Reception. For the past 3 consecutive years we’ve reached between 85-90% and hope to improve this number where possible in future.
*90% diversion rates are considered “Zero Waste”
Since 2017, we’ve increased our compost program by around 500 lbs, accounting for food waste from our key events, behind the scenes festival spaces, and growing number of local restaurants participating in our compost initiatives.
We continue to expand our recycling efforts by increasing event coverage, practicing more diligent sorting techniques, and improving volunteer and Fest goer education. By measuring our waste and collecting data of our efforts, we are able to more accurately track our progress toward our zero waste goal.
2018: Mayor’s Award for our continued efforts in reusing through artistry, composting, recycling and reducing single-use items. The Green Team has achieved a diversion rate of over 87% and continues to educate staff, students, volunteers and Fest goers on the importance of environmental responsibility.
2017: Innovative Best Practices for our efforts to reuse and recycle throughout the festival, including previous landfill diversion rate of over 90%, have shown their dedication to being environmentally sustainable.