The main objectives of Interno Verde are three:

  • Offer to the citizens the opportunity to read and interpret the space that each day they live and go through, solicit towards other cities guests a complete understanding of the past and a major awareness of the wealth present in the territory, that needs to be protected and promoted;
  • Encourage through the sharing of areas normally forbidden to the public, a feeling of closeness and belonging to a spontaneous sociality based on trust and reciprocity, that can give back the sense of living together to the collectivity;
  • Raise public awareness of the fundamental function of green within an urban contest, to combat climate change and reduce pollution.
    Interno Verde has always paid great attention to sustainability, understood both from an environmental, economic and social point of view. Since its first edition, in Ferrara in 2016 – by virtue of many measures adopted to improve the quality of the event and reduce its impact on the territory – the event has been included in the international ZeroWaste network.

In 2018 in Ferrara, ilturco – the association that created the event– has always desired to go one step further: it has requested and obtained ISO20121 certification. This is an important goal, a task employed towards the community, the many visitors and to the association itself, that each year tries to improve and to propose an interesting and curious appointment, concretely aware of the environment, inclusive and as welcoming as possible.

Starting from 2019 in Mantua, Interno Verde adheres to URBACT Local Group and joins the European C-Change network, whose goal is to transfer the good ways developed by Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) to the partner cities of the project, to mobilise and attract interest to the culture and art area on the theme of climate change.

The actions undertaken and the large and small solutions adopted in the years to improve the festival are many and diversified. Some are known, both to the subscribers to the event, to the partners and sponsors, some are unnoticed by many but not for this reason they should be considered less significant.

SOME EXAMPLES?

Interno Verde Ferrara 2016 | Maps, postcards and volumes are printed only on certified FSC paper. The t-shirts of the volunteers, in biological organic cotton, come from the equal and solidal commerce. The refreshment point of the festival uses compostable flatware.

Interno Verde Ferrara 2017 | Thanks to the collaboration with Comune of Ferrara, Environmental Wellness Service, the map of the gardens enriches itself with icons that signal, for every single space, the accessibility grade for disabled people and for people with motor difficulties. Online, a detailed report is published.

Interno Verde Ferrara 2018 | The flags that signal the entrance of the gardens – first printed in cardboard, an easily perishable and damaged material, which had to be replaced every year – have been designed ex novo, with a view to avoiding waste. The support was designed and welded in metal, the fabric flag bears only the association’s logo, so it remains the same regardless of the edition and the event. To improve the accessibility, the descriptions of the gardens – already present online in the navigable map and printed on the book – are transposed into a series of videos, useful for blind, visually impaired and deaf people: in the videos the description is read aloud and translated in sign language, thanks to the collaboration of the Aidus association.

Interno Verde Mantova 2019 | In the map of the open gardens, close to the addresses, are pointed out how many kilos of CO2 the single space can absorb. The calculus has been made using the conversion rate made in Firenze by the “Il Monito del Giardino” award. The reported numbers are indicative, they don’t pretend to be exact or to be scientific, however they pass on an important message: even a small action – how to cure a flowerbed or plant a tree – contribute concretely to contrast and to reduce climate change and pollution. The CO2 kilos that each year, the 32 open gardens in the first Mantova edition of Interno Verde can absorb are nearly 20 thousand. The cover of the book is realised with grass clippings.

Interno Verde Mantova and Ferrara 2020 | For the cover of the book we have chosen Shiro Alga Carta, a product designed by picking up and using the infesting water plants that disturb the ecological balance of the Venice Lagoon. The bracelets are realised in recycled PET plastic bottles. The large maps in pvc printed for the infopoints of the previous editions of the event are cut, recycled and transformed in shoppers, thanks to the collaboration started with C2H4n. To facilitate water saving, the map of Ferrara shows the little fountains, where the public can refill their water bottle.

Interno Verde Ferrara, Mantova e Parma 2021 The font chosen for the print of the book is called ApfelBruckt, designed by Collletttivo, and it is available for free online, it allows to save 18% more ink than the most used font.

Interno Verde Ferrara 2021 The researchers of Tecnopolo of the University of Ferrara are invited to participate, showing to the public of the event three of their currently working projects to contrast pollution. In the specific, under the exterior gallery of Palazzina Marfisa, are illustrated: plantation of microalgae photobioreactors useful for phytodepuration and biofertilizers; the innovative gazebo charging station for electric vehicles; the method patented by Unife to use geomaterials as volcanic tuffs in order to improve soil productivity.

Interno Verde Mantova 2021 | Finishing the experience of the C-Change project and of the Urban Local Group, Interno Verde makes itself available and participates in the creation of Arca, a permanent table of cultural operators involved in the fight of climate change, promoted by the Comune of Mantova.

Interno Verde Parma 2021 | In collaboration with the University of Parma, the program of the festival has hosted educational activities, dedicated to the research carried out by the Athenaeum senior scientists in the field of environmental sustainability. They have been presented: Positive project, by Cidrea centre, informatic infrastructure for optimising the use of water in agriculture; Ri’n’Vaso project, by Cipack centre, the vase realised with agro-industrial by-products, biodegradable and rich of bioactive substance. At the Orto Botanico, with the School of Ants, the event called “Ospitalità verde '' was held, aiming at raising public awareness of the role of urban insects.

Is there an aspect of the event that you think can be improved or managed differently, from the point of view of organising a sustainable event and that can pass on this attention to its visitors? Write to info@internoverde.it
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