Piknic Électronik’s commitment to sustainable development is still going strong. We believe that it is possible to have a good time without destroying the environment. Conscious of the impact an event such as ours can have, a number of initiatives have already been implemented both at the organization’s offices and at the Parc Jean-Drapeau site.
A strategic plan for sustainable development was established by the founders of Piknic Électronik, in consultation with the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables,to ensure compliance with our initiatives. Each year, we redouble our efforts.
Whether already underway or on the horizon, in small steps or large leaps, here are our initiatives that inform Piknicers how we plan to face the challenge of the decade!
Goal 1: Establishment of an ecological project after donor consultation on the Green project.
Since the summer of 2011, we’ve offered piknicers the opportunity to make a green donation when buying their season pass or, more recently, their individual tickets. Piknicers have the option of adding an amount that goes to the development of an eco project submitted for their choosing.
The project that received the most votes was pursued in 2013: a water fountain that allows piknicers to refill their water bottles on the event grounds. So it’s now possible to quench your thirst all day at Piknic Electronik and leave no carbon footprint!
For 2015, we envision the creation of a second green project. To be continued!
Goal 2: The significant reduction of plastic water bottles given to employees. An awareness for our onsite teams to use reusable water bottles.
Past, Present and Future Initiatives
Over the years, several initiatives have already been put in place, both in the organization's offices and at the Parc Jean-Drapeau site. Small measures or big statements, they aim to educate piknicers to the challenge of this decade!
- A presence on sustainable development committees
- Better communication of our political and strategic initiatives relating to sustainable development
- Reusable cup program that eliminates nearly all plastic cups on site
- All our dishes will be recyclable or compostable
- A public compost bin at the Mangeoire
- Participation in social reintegration programs
- Introduction of donation options for ecological projects with the purchase of a season pass
- Elimination of printed meeting agendas
- Campaign to obtain “eco-responsible event” status from the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec
- For a sixth consecutive year, we’ve opted to release our season lineup without a press conference, considerably reducing our carbon footprint: no paper used, no food wasted, no USB keys used, no carbon gases generated by guest and journalist transportation, etc.
- For the past several years, our portion of printed promotional documents has been considerably reduced, in favour of Internet advertising (web, social networks, radio, etc.)
- Introduction of an on-site water fountain to encourage festival-goers to reuse their water bottles and reduce the number of plastic bottles generated by the event
And we keep looking for new ways to further our engagement and our initiatives even more!