For 34 years the Calgary Folk Music Festival (CFMF) has been a cultural beacon bringing together music lovers and makers from all over the world. In 1997, the CFMF began to introduce environmental initiatives aimed at reducing waste, increasing recycling and promoting human-powered travel back and forth from their verdant urban site on Prince’s Island Park. For the last 16 years, these seeds have grown into a governing philosophy for the organization. The CFMF’s commitment to the environment has become a part of everyday operations with the building and completion of Festival Hall, the CFMF’s new permanent home and performance venue. From complimentary bike parking and beer-cup composting to wind-powered stages and passive heating and cooling systems, the CFMF has set lofty goals that have been achieved through baby steps, important partnerships and by engaging all members of the folk fest community.