Ultra Music Festival has been recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability, receiving the Sustainability Team Award at the World Sustainability Awards. This accolade, presented in Amsterdam, acknowledges Ultra Music Festival’s leading role in integrating sustainability into its operations. The festival stood out among 220 applications from 35 countries, demonstrating its significant impact on promoting environmental responsibility.
The award celebrates Ultra Music Festival’s successful efforts in reducing single-use plastics by nearly 90%, diverting 180,000 pounds of waste from landfills, and contributing to local communities through food and beverage donations. The festival’s sustainability initiative, Mission: Home, is spearheaded by a dynamic team focused on engaging festival-goers and partners in sustainability practices, reaching an audience of 6.5 million followers globally.
Mission: Home, initiated in 2019, emphasizes waste reduction, pollution prevention, nature preservation, community engagement, and climate action. The 2023 iteration of the program at Bayfront Park introduced 40 initiatives, achieving significant milestones in waste management and recycling, including a partnership with Clean Vibes to divert over 184,000 pounds of waste and ensure 100% acceptance of recycling loads at local facilities.
Collaboration with Replenysh has enabled the festival to recycle 81,040 pounds of aluminum cans and plastic bottles within the southeastern United States, enhancing the efficiency of the recycling process and reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional recycling methods.
Moreover, Ultra’s commitment to community support is evident through its donations, including over 7,500 pounds of food, translating to more than 6,200 meals for The Caring Place, a local homeless outreach center. This holistic approach to sustainability has positioned Ultra Music Festival as a leader in environmental stewardship within the events industry, earning recognition from both local and global organizations.