Hot Docs’ Green Initiatives
Hot Docs has made serious commitments to reduce the environmental impact of our Festival.
We recognize that hosting a large event with thousands of attendees and international guests will always have environmental implications, but through the following initiatives we’re attempting to reduce the scope and scale of the Festival’s impact. These steps are just the beginning, and we welcome feedback and ideas on other projects or changes that we can make. Please forward your comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewable Energy Consumption
The 2013 Festival (including all screening, industry and special event venues) will be powered by Bullfrog Power. This means that Hot Docs is using clean, renewable electricity that comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear.
Greener Special Events and Venues
Hot Docs’ special events will use china, glass and/or biodegradable cups instead of disposable materials. And, whenever possible, catering partners will compost organic waste, recycle packaging materials, and use local and seasonal food.
Hot Docs will ensure that recycling bins are available at all screening and industry venues and bottled water will not be provided or distributed directly by the Festival to any guests or delegates.
Hot Docs also partners with Curbside Cycle to provide all attendees discounts on bike rentals used for moving between festival venues.
More Sustainable Merchandise
All Hot Docs delegate badges, volunteer and public T-shirts and stainless steel water bottles are provided by Axis Gear.
Reducing Paper and Printed Material at the Festival
All signage at Hot Docs is printed on recycled materials and will be donated to TDSB’s Arts Junction after the Festival. Wherever possible, printed signage has been replaced by digital signage. In recent years, Hot Docs also eliminated the separate printing of audience ballots, special event invitations, our Doc Shop catalogue, and also reduced the number of promotional mailings and paper materials provided to delegates. This year, catalogues for the Hot Docs Forum are printed with eco-friendly inks.
Greening the Office
Hot Docs’ year-round offices utilize energy-efficient lighting. Our printers and photocopier use recycled paper, and staff are encouraged to print only when needed and also to print double-sided. Hot Docs provides recycling programs for paper and non-paper producers. Obsolete computers and electronic equipment are delivered to an e-waste recycling facility. Staff are encouraged to use Auto Share car sharing and public transit for local travel. The office also only uses non-toxic cleaning products.