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Sustainability Champions

Our Sustainability Champions program recognizes outstanding commitment to environmentally friendly practices by individuals, organizations, and businesses in Saskatoon. 

These dedicated green-thinkers help protect the natural beauty of this land while reducing waste and inspiring future generations to embrace thoughtful stewardship of the earth.

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Nutrien Children's Festival of Saskatchewan

The Children's Festival of Saskatchewan has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to sustainability initiatives. Since 2016, their annual festival has adopted the following practices to reduce their environmental impact:

  • Bike Valet service to encourage emissions-free transport
  • Recycling containers throughout the site to reduce waste
  • Recycling caravan featuring family-friendly games and activities to promote recycling
  • Reducing single-use plastic water bottles in favour of refillable/reusable bottles
  • Reduction in disposable plastic flagging tape
  • Biodegradable/compostable PLA cutlery
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Saskatchewan Marathon

The Saskatchewan Marathon has adopted a host of sustainable practices to reduce waste at their event, including:

  • Recycling cups from all 13 on-course water stations
  • Providing participants with Virtual Event Bags to reduce material consumption and waste
  • Water refilling stations at the finish line to reduce demand for single-use plastic bottles
  • Online-only race booklet
  • Bike Valet service to encourage emissions-free transport
  • Environmentally conscious reassessment of signage needs, with stickers used to modify older signage rather than reprinting new signs
  • No-Styrofoam policy on site (since 2017)
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Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has put sustainability top-of-mind in festival operations, with a host of environmentally conscious practices including:

  • Greater focus on digital communications over printed materials
  • Digitized internal communications
  • Digitized till system to replace paper receipts
  • Greater efforts to reduce waste and promote recycling wherever possible
  • Reusing old materials, including construction materials and event signage
  • Meetings related to the festival are held in-office in order to eliminate travel requirements; emphasis on walkable meeting locations and carpooling when necessary
  • Reuse of water on site to water flower beds, grass, trees, etc.
  • Policy of doing as little as possible to disturb the natural beauty of the festival grounds in consultation with the Meewasin Valley Authority
Individuals dancing on stage in colourful clothing


Folkfest works with community partners such as SGI and the City of Saskatoon to encourage the following green practices:

  • Emphasis on public transit/city busses as transportation method of choice for 35,000+ festival goers
  • Recycling bins located throughout the festival grounds