The JUNOs bring sustainability to Winnipeg

Everything about his year’s JUNO Awards in Winnipeg is exciting – the performances, the special appearances, the JUNO Cup, the launch of the Year of Music in Manitoba – and the promise to improve the sustainable performance of the Awards and celebrations.

The people and organizations the JUNOS partner with – venues, caterers, printers, production companies etc. – all agree to uphold the sustainable practices the JUNOs have established. The JUNOs use renewable electricity for as many of the venues as possible, provide carbon offset credits to offset emissions from air travel, and some of the JUNO branded apparel has been made with organic and fair-trade materials.

In 2011, the JUNO Awards events were the first in Canada to meet the requirements of the CSA standard for sustainable events. – junoawards.ca

They even have a list to show you how you can make a difference at this year’s event. Some ideas:
• Travel to and from JUNO Week events by foot, bicycle or public transit
• Dispose of waste and recyclables in appropriate receptacles
• Get to know the local culture and purchase locally produced goods
• Turn off any lights, TVs, air conditioners or heaters when leaving your hotel room
• Opt into towel and linen reuse programs if your hotel offers the service
• Book your travel via the most direct route to reduce travel related emissions

For the last two years, CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) – the not-for-profit organization that puts together the JUNOs and promotes and celebrates Canadian music and artists – has appointed a JUNO Awards Sustainability Ambassador. Sam Roberts was appointed in 2012, and Bruce Cockburn earned the honour in 2013.

For this year’s awards CARAS tried something new and launched the “What Do You Do” initiative to raise awareness and inspire action and conversation about Canada’s sustainability plans. This video from the campaign features many Canadian artists reflecting on their own commitments to sustainability.

“It’s the little things in life you can do make a big impact.” – Liz Trinnear

“People try to change the whole world, but if you try to change your piece of the world, then we all will together change the world.” – Jully Black

Let the JUNOs know what you do on Twitter – @TheJUNOAwards and use the hashtag #JUNOWDYD.

Enjoy the JUNO Week events and Awards while they’re in town and do your part to have a positive impact on our environment.

– Enjoy the ride.

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