Festivals et Événements verts de l’Estrie (FEVE) the Sherbrooke-based organization focused on making festivals and other public events in the Eastern Townships more environmentally friendly is coming off a banner year in 2019 in a period of reflection. According to the new Executive Director, Sophie Valence-Doucet, the organization is certainly reorganizing the way it will be doing things this coming summer, but it is not nearly as hobbled as one might imagine an events-based group to be at a time when there can be no public events.
Since its creation in connection with the 2013 Canada Summer Games, FEVE has worked with 272 different events and helped sort nearly 100 metric tons of waste material. According to a report issued earlier this week, the 2019-2020 year accounted for 32 of those events and nearly a quarter of the waste, making it the organization’s most successful year to date.
With the announcement that all public events must be cancelled until at least the end of August, and many taking the initiative to cancel even beyond that, FEVE has been forced to reconsider its summer. According to Valence-Doucet, however, the organization has decided to air on the side of creativity.