Eco-responsability

AN ECO-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL

Our Eurêka! mission involves social issues and sensitizing current and future generations to science and technology. 

So it makes sense that eco-friendly practices, respect for nature and ecosystems, awareness of clean technologies, reducing the effects of our activities on the environment, and maximizing benefits to society are at the heart of our programming and the organization of our events.

Here are the actions that L’île du savoir and all its scientific collaborators are taking to minimize the event’s ecological footprint.

 
Note : This symbol  identifies actions that we ask of Eurêka’s scientific collaborators.

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WHAT’S NEW IN 2022

•  Displaying the program map and schedule on the Festival site and website and encouraging festival-goers to copy them to their cellphones to avoid distribution of hard copies
  Using reusable bibs (rather than t-shirts) to identify volunteers
  Having a green squad on the site
  After the event, offering non-reusable coroplast panels to teachers who can give them a second life with their students
  Contributing to the Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Fonds Oxygène

Programming

  Every year, choosing social themes that raise awareness and stimulate discussion on issues related to the ecological transition (2019: sustainable mobility; 2022: water; 2023: projected theme: green energy)
  Proposing activities to educate and raise awareness on various issues related to the environment and sustainable development
  Using local organizations, artists and stakeholders as much as possible
  Offering online employee training to avoid non-essential travel
  Encouraging best practices in activities and demonstrations (not distributing promotional material, reducing residual waste, etc.).
 

Transportation

  On the Eurêka! website, providing all the necessary information on getting to the Festival by public transport
  Holding the event near the metro
  Encouraging our partners to use carpooling and public transport
  Encouraging visitors to use responsible and active modes of transportation (cycling, BIXI, walking, carpooling, public transit, river shuttles); promoting this in our communication tools
 
 

Water Consumption

  Raising awareness and encouraging visitors, employees, stakeholders, volunteers and partners to bring a water bottle
  No sale of plastic water bottles on site
  Instaling a drinking water station for filling water bottles and avoiding consumption of plastic bottles
  Indicating that water from fountains with taps is safe to drink
  Totally eliminating the use of polystyrene cups in dressing rooms and installing rented water dispensers, carafes or reusable cups instead of distributing bottled water

Reducing Paper Consumption 

•  Considerably reducing print tools; elimination of the paper program in 2022 (the full festival program and activity plan will be available only on the website and on signage)
  When necessary, using FSC-certified paper made from 100% recycled fibres
   Default duplex printing
  School registration forms online only
 
 

Waste Reduction

•  Installation of mulitstream recycling stations (waste, recycling)
  Sorting of residual materials
•  Green squad on the site to raise public awareness about sorting residual materials
  Donating unclaimed lost items to social organizations at the end of the Festival
  Using compostable or reusable dishes for the food offer
  Distributing food surpluses to volunteers, the team, or organizations
•  Encouraging students, teachers and families to bring zero waste lunches
 

Consuming Locally

 

  Opting for local suppliers for equipment rental
 Using local, sustainable, organic and vegetarian suppliers as much as possible for the food offer
 

Signaling

•  Giving a second or even a third life to reusable signage
  Reusing information kiosks, signage and structures
•  Prioritizing rental, rather than purchase, of equipment and signage structures

Promotional Tools 

  Limiting distribution of leaflets to our collaborators (by request only) and discouraging the distribution of promotional items
•  When necessary, adequately estimating quantities of leaflets before printing, and favouring a digital format
•  Giving priority to reusable or reused, recyclable or recycled activity materials, etc.
•  Avoiding packaging but, if necessary, favouring minimal packaging that is zero waste, reusable or made from recycled materials 
•  Encouraging digital, rather than paper, media for our sponsors in order to offer them more dynamic visibility and easy updates
 

Other Eco-friendly Actions

•  Analyzing purchases in terms of actual needs in order to reduce the consumption of material goods during the next edition
•  Adding an “Environmental Commitment” clause to the letters of agreement with our collaborators
  The offices of L’île du savoir are located in a LEED-BE Silver certified building
  Engaging in training on sustainable development in order to stay abreast of best practices and pursue our efforts to reduce our ecological footprint as much as possible
  Informing all participants and employees about our eco-friendly measures and posting our actions on our website and our social networks before the Festival.
  Contributing to the Fonds Oxygène: by producing the Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau offsets the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the event; 3% of space rental fees and the cost of parking tickets will go to the Fonds Oxygène, whose goal is to build a healthy and sustainable future for Parc Jean-Drapeau by promoting a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.