Adelaide Fringe launches its Sustainability Action Plan

Mon, Oct 24 2022
Today Adelaide Fringe recognises ‘United Nations Day’ by highlighting our commitment to meeting the UN Global Sustainability goals and our ongoing pledge to generate positive social and environmental change.
As the first festival in Adelaide to do so, our Sustainability Action Plan puts into action very real and tangible ways of meeting the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which countries around the world must act upon in global partnership.

These goals recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Adelaide Fringe has identified seven of the Global Goals it will work to implement from now through to 2030:

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 17: Partnerships to Achieve Goals
So what does this mean at Adelaide Fringe? 

It means reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by:
  • measuring the impact Fringe has on the broader mental health and well-being of Fringe-goers
  • ensuring at least half of full-time Fringe staff are qualified in Mental Health First Aid
  • increasing the opportunity for social connection amongst Fringe staff and volunteers, and
  • understanding how Fringe can improve its promotion of good mental health and wellbeing to our Artists, Venues and Audiences.
It means sharing the message of how to be a good Fringe go-er, including how to be Covid-Safe, and encouraging responsible consumption.

It means supporting artists by:
  • providing a Professional Development Series for Fringe artists and venues to foster, upskill and train creative entrepreneurs, and
  • distributing grants to Artists, Venues and Producers to help support their work and make their Fringe seasons financially sustainable. 
It means making our recruitment process genuinely accessible and inclusive for all applicants, mapping out future employment opportunities for contracted staff, and providing paid traineeships through the AFL ArtsReady program. 

It means supporting our local vulnerable communities by providing tickets through our Community Fund for disadvantaged groups, schools and individuals who may otherwise not be able to experience Adelaide Fringe, and encouraging Fringe participation throughout regional communities to drive local tourism and employment opportunities. 

It means engaging with external partners to ensure Fringe can be more accessible to a diverse range of audiences, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

It means ALL Fringe managed offices and worksites have accessible and gender neutral bathrooms as a standard.
It means taking urgent action on climate change, including:
  • reducing and offsetting our total energy usage
  • using hybrid or electric vehicles where possible
  • sharing information on how to get to and around Fringe by encouraging the use of public transport, cycling, ride sharing and other means of affordable and sustainable transport
  • researching the sustainable practices of SA waste management companies and sharing this info with our artists and venues
  • using preventative measures to reduce waste, and
  • making all of our stakeholders accountable through our Environmental Code of Conduct.
It means implementing and reporting on our Reconciliation Action Plan and Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. 

It means being a leader in the Fringe and Festival circuit nationally and internationally, and encouraging our partners and other companies to adopt sustainable practices.
And, it means getting our partners on board to help us achieve these goals and ensure our values align.