Green Operations Award 2013 – this year’s nominations

After the success of the first presentation of the „Green Operations Award“ at the European Festival Awards 2012 with winners We Love Green (FRA) GO Group once again is responsibe for the green category of the most important pan-european festival awards. We are grateful for the trust of Yourope (the European Festival Association) and the EFA organisation in our green competence. GO Group takes care of the selection of the Green Operations Award jury, long and short list selection and the presentation of the award winner.
Green Operations Award coordinator and Yourope’s anchorman for green issues Holger Jan Schmidt (GreenEvents Europe) says: “What I have learnt in those first almost three years of the GO Group is that the festival scene is the true spearhead of the green events movement in Europe. I come across new actions, initiatives and events with wonderful ideas and great efforts almost every other day. And so we are happy to present a great long list of festivals nominated by our jury members. To be honest, it is impossible to award the greenest festival in Europe. They are so different in size, venue, audience, philosophy and history. What we do is the true acknowledgement and a reward for superb action, innovation or improvement. By preparing the long list for this second edition I already know that we will have a great winner. There are so many wonderful festivals with impressive initiatives in this list – I can’t do more than applaud to those. All winners already!“

This is the long list (in alphabethical order) of 18 festivals from ten European countries nominated by the GO Awards jury members:

This is the definition for the „green oscar“ of the European festival scene:

Green Operations Award
European Festival Award for Green Excellence
The Green Operations Award is an annual award presented by Yourope and the GO Group. Its target group are festivals that have made a significant contribution to or achievement towards developing more sustainable events. Examples for respective achievements are practises and systems introduced at their own event, the development of good practices, which they have shared with other events, a specific innovation or continuous improvements over a number of years. The Award is given out by a panel made up of experts that are not directly linked to any specific festival with the exception that the previous year’s winner will be invited to cast a vote for the following year’s award only.

The Green Operations Award – Jury 2013 reads like this:

The short list, selected by the jury will be announced together with the other short lists of the EFA in early November. The winner of the Green Operations Award will be announced and presented during the European Festival Awards ceremony in Groningen on wed January 15 2014 . The ceremony will be held at the Oosterport on the opening night of next year’s EurosonicNoorderslag festival and conference.