BIFF occurs over a 3 day period across the City of Boulder. This makes for a very tricky Zero Waste plan! In 2019, BIFF maintained an 84 percent diversion rate while increasing the diversion amount by 25 percent. We rely on our Sustainability volunteers to make this happen every year.
BIFF Green Initiative
A big thank you to our volunteers, and our partners at Eco-Cycle - who help us stay up-to-date on how to recycle and compost responsibly!
BIFF 2019 Zero Waste Initiative Results
BIFF 2018 Zero Waste Initiative Results
In 2018, BIFF diverted 83.7 percent of waste by volume. Up 2.7 percent from 2017!
BIFF’s Commitment to Zero Waste
This year BIFF is excited to maintain our commitment to sustainability, through Zero Waste efforts, supporting alternative transportation, to gaining the help and support of our sponsors and vendors. As a festival attendee, whether you’re joining us for Opening Night or catching the matinee, you too can do your part to help BIFF become Zero Waste festival. If you have any questions about best practices, or simply aren’t sure about what to do with those compostable containers, ask a Green Initiative volunteer at any of our festival venues!
Take Part in our Green Initiative
We encourage you to participate in our sustainability efforts. As festival attendees, you make the biggest impact. Help us do our part by engaging in some of these simple actions during the festival:
1. Help us keep our carbon footprint low by biking, busing or walking to BIFF. (Save money on parking too!) The festival is conveniently located right in the heart of Downtown Boulder! GO Boulder and the HOP are excellent public bus routes in the city, and will get you right where you need to go for the festival. Try other alternative means of transportation like biking or carpooling to the festival.
2. Help us achieve our Zero Waste goal. We will have recycle and compost containers available on site at each of the BIFF locations. Let’s reduce our trash to the landfill and recycle and compost as much as possible. BIFF supports City of Boulder’s Zero Waste goals goals by striving to divert (at least) 85% of festival-generated waste.
3. Engage in the Call 2 Action Program: Each year BIFF invites local non-profit organizations to attend the film festival that support various social and environmental causes. These organizations provide education about the world’s most pressing issues, and help translate the passion and energy from a film into concrete action. Our social responsibility at BIFF is to provide a platform for these programs to be heard.
4. Go paperless! Download the BIFF Mobile App, or access the BIFF website from any smartphone or tablet. All film showtimes and theatre locations will be available digitally. (We will also have signage daily outside of each BIFF location.)
Bus/Bike Maps and Schedules
Getting Around BIFF Boulder
Public transportation is easy around BIFF! City of Boulder has frequent and convenient bus routes all around the festival venues. Since parking in Downtown Boulder can be limited and expensive, we recommend finding the bus route that works best for you. Links to help you plan your route:
BIFF Green Partners 2017
Thank You to major sponsors and venues who have signed our Green Partner Pledge helping us to reach our Zero Waste goals!
- Boulder High School
- Boulder Theater
- eTown Hall
- First Presbyterian Church
- Hotel Boulderado
- Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center
- Big Red F Restaurant Group
Check out Eco-Cycle's New Information Booklet!
This is the annual guide (that includes the Zero Waste League on the cover) that gives readers all the information they need to know to strive for Zero Waste, including guidelines, maps, FAQs, additional resources, etc. You can see the online version of this hot-off-the-press 2018 edition here.
Questions or Comments on Sustainability
Want to know more about our Green Initiative or how you can help during the festival (join the Sustainability Team!), contact our Sustainability Coordinator, Sara Abdulla at firstname.lastname@example.org