From ensuring that all projects are resourced efficiently and produced responsibly, through to partnering on sustainable initiatives with our sponsors, suppliers, venues and co-commissioners, we work hard to guarantee that the Festival has as minimal impact on the environment as possible.
MIF was the first international festival to be independently certified as meeting BS 8901, the original British Standard for Sustainable Event Management. The Festival is now certified to the second level of ISO 20121, the international sustainable event management standard that MIF helped develop for London 2012.
In 2010, we helped to set up the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST), a citywide group that meets regularly to discuss sustainability issues in the cultural sector. In November 2014, MAST was awarded a Silver Green Apple Environment Award for Carbon Reduction in Leisure & Tourism.
We aim to follow sustainable practice at every Festival. At MIF17:
- We recycled or reused 91% of sets and props.
- We used 287 suppliers from Greater Manchester.
- We reduced printed materials by investing more in Digital marketing and advertisement.
- We used recycled cardboard from MIF HQ to build the set for Manchester Street Poem. And staff saved old water bottles, tins, glass jars and other items over a period of several months which were then used as props for Party Skills for the End of the World.
- We provided four bicycles for staff & artists to get around the city, supported by TfGM.
- We used three hybrid vehicles, provided by Electricity North West, to transport artists, staff and equipment around Manchester.
- We gave 1200 metal water bottles, supplied by Craghoppers, to artists, staff and volunteers as part of a drinking water initiative.
- Through MAST we funded the training of staff members to work with The Carbon Literacy Trust and become Carbon Literate, something which we endeavour to continue, looking ahead to MIF19.