Let's Make it a Green Festival
Any time 20,000 people come together to enjoy an outdoor festival, they leave with a big smile, but they also leave behind a big mountain of paper, plastic bottles, and food containers that often end up in the landfill. The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is determined to continue our efforts to become the greenest festival in Vermont by substantially reducing the amount of waste generated. Let’s make it happen! Here's how you can help:
Green Goals for 2017
We ask that all festival-goers and teams bring refillable water bottles. This will reduce the need for petroleum products used in making and transporting disposable bottles.
We will provide free water to paddlers and spectators via a water truck, thanks to the generous support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and A1 Water out of Georgia, VT. This year the spigots will be insulated to keep the water nice and cold.
We encourage all our wonderful food vendors to use sustainable foodware. We strive to have all cups, containers, serving dishes, utensils and napkins to be biodegradable, recyclable and/or reusable.
There will be 8 trash stations throughout the Festival grounds. Each station will contain one container for trash, one container for recycling, and one container for compost. Please separate your trash accordingly and help us reduce waste in the land fill. Refer to the posted signs for guidance and if in doubt, throw it into the trash. We will have volunteers assisting with direction towards what should go into each station.
We hope all our teams and spectators will carpool or use alternative and public methods of transportation to and from the festival. Walk, bike, skateboard, car pool, take the bus...pick a method that saves carbon and makes you healthier and happier!
For a small donation we have a Bike Valet service, provided by Local Motion and the City of Burlington, so your bicycle stays safe while you enjoy the festivities.
We're working to reduce the amount of printed material generated and we're using recycled papers for the festival and marketing materials.