Sustainability at Artosphere
Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival is a regional arts initiative celebrating artists who are influenced by nature and who inspire us to live more sustainable lives. Join our efforts to integrate better environmental choices in the way we live and work. Here are some ways to get involved:
- In lieu of a festival program, we launched a new Artosphere App this year that will be updated throughout the festival with the latest news on featured artists, performances and events. This reduces printing and helps minimize the festival’s impact on our environment. Download the Artosphere App – now available on Google Play™ and the Apple® App Store℠ .
- Stay connected by using social media, email and the Artosphere App for festival details, early access to program notes and to learn more about visiting artists’ efforts to live more sustainably.
- Participate in our Bike Valet program! We will provide safe and convenient options for you to park your bike at select Artosphere performances. As an added bonus, you’ll get a free bike light as a souvenir!
- When purchasing drinks at WAC, recycle your souvenir cups and lids onsite, or up-cycle and bring them back with you for the next show.
This year during Artosphere, we are taking some additional steps as an organization to reduce our carbon footprint. These steps include:
- Reducing printing through more effective utilization of email, social media and the new Artosphere App to communicate festival details and program information.
- Hosting an organization-wide “park cleanup” after Trail Mix weekend in partnership with Keep Fayetteville Beautiful.
- Partnering with advocates like NWA Emerging Leaders, the U.S. Green Building Council and Keep America Beautiful to provide staff with opportunities to learn about the health, environment and economic benefits of a sustainable workplace.
The introduction of Artosphere in 2010 launched an organization-wide sustainability effort at Walton Arts Center, which continues to evolve. Our Sustainability Committee, made up of staff from all departments, has worked to create and implement a variety of environmentally conscious initiatives designed to help save resources year-round. These efforts include integrating more energy efficient technologies into our renovation process, performance and work environment, including:
- Storm water collection! Storm water from the roof is routed to bioswale, which treats waste water through soil before releasing it into the storm drain.
- Installation of high reflectivity roofing which helps keep the building interior cooler, requiring less air conditioning.
- Added daylight features to Starr Theater and McBride Studio, which requires less electricity when used.
- High efficiency lighting used in new fixtures throughout the building
- Installation of high efficiency plumbing fixtures.
- Limiting our CO2 emissions by offering staff incentives to carpool and/or bike to work.
- Implementing waste management and recycling programs.
- Incorporating new fountain drink options – no bottled soda means no plastic waste.
- Offering incentives for patrons to upcycle their souvenir cups, and sanitizing and reusing those that are left behind.
- Serving fresh food options on real china – helping to reduce paper and plastic waste.
- Installing additional bike racks around the Walton Arts Center campus.
- Using eco-friendly cleaning materials and processes that have less impact on the environment.
These initiatives mesh with our goals as an arts center to improve the overall quality of life in Northwest Arkansas now and for future generations.