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The Winnipeg Folk Festival has been recognized with an international award for its sustainability practices.
The Clearwater Award is given to festivals that emphasize environmental stewardship and demonstrate public leadership in sustainable event production.
The festival's executive director, Lynne Skromeda, was at the International Folk Music Awards in Kansas City, Mo., to accept the honour.
"This is a recognition we are extremely proud of and with the ongoing help and support of our dedicated volunteers, board, staff and audience, we’ll continue our commitment to provide the most sustainable and environmentally friendly event we can," Skromeda said.
Some of the folk fest's green initiatives include recycling and composting programs, banning bottled water, organizing bike transport and bus service to and from the site, and encouraging vendors to sell LOFT (local, organic, fair trade) food.
The 45th Winnipeg Folk Festival runs July 5-8 at Birds Hill Park. It will announce its 2018 lineup on March 7.