Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival


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Green. The colour of our next adventure…

Like you, we have a vested interest in the outdoors. For many years, the Banff Mountain Festival and The Banff Centre have incrementally implemented green procedures and practices. We are always striving to improve the Festival and greening our operations is an area where we see a lot of potential – and a lot of work to be done! Our goal for the past several years has been to: REDUCE whatever/whenever we can; REUSE and RECYCLE what we can not. Here are some of the things we do already and are researching to make our Festival more environmentally friendly:

Festivals Transportation

  • The Festival purchases carbon credits to offset travel for speakers attending the Festival and to deliver film screenings on our World Tour.
  • We partner with Banff Airporter, an environmentally conscious airport shuttle, and their complementary in-town shuttle service is encouraged and promoted throughout Festival week.
  • The Banff Centre is an "idle free" zone.

Food and Beverage

  • Compostable plates, cups, and cutlery made from corn starch.
  • Recycling, composting, and waste stations staffed by volunteers to manage food waste.
  • A "no bottled water" policy which means that we do not offer bottled water for sale in the festival concession areas. Please bring your own water bottle and/or travel mug!

Media Room and Registration

  • We have made all of the items in our registration kits optional to reduce the amount of waste.
  • New recycling paper stations in our Media Room since 2008.

Festivals Merchandise

  • We sell organic cotton T-shirts and use environmentally friendly dyes.
  • We sell stainless steel water containers (or similar) rather than plastic.

Office Practices

  • 100% recycled paper is standard in our office printer throughout the year.
  • All reports to Banff Mountain Festival sponsors are presented on DVDs.
  • Festival staff compost and recycle virtually all waste.
  • Festival staff walk or bike to work and regularly carpool.
  • Our DVD cases used for the World Tour are made of recyclable plastic; they are reused, and then recycled.
  • All film DVDs that are not archived are recycled after the Festival and the World Tour.

Marketing and Communications

  • We communicate electronically more than ever before with our past tickets holders including bi-weekly emails.
  • Waste stations and water stations are getting better publicity!
  • Explore Magazine helps us print the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Magazine on 100% recycled ancient forest friendly paper.
  • All posters are printed on 100% recycled ancient forest friendly paper.


  • Exhibitors are encouraged to produce sustainably designed booths and displays that can be reused.
  • Catalogues, paper, and cardboard are recycled after the show.

The Banff Centre Facility

We welcome your suggestions and ideas on how we might improve our green program. Please email us with your comments at



Toward Zero Waste Results: 2011 Festival
Provided by the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission


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