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 the many measures adopted to improve the quality of the event and reduce its impact on the territory - the festival has been included in the international ZeroWaste network.

In the 2018 edition in Ferrara, the Ilturco association wanted to go one step further: it requested and obtained ISO 20121 certification.This is an important milestone, a commitment made to the community, to the many visitors who each year let themselves be fascinated by the Ferrara gardens, to the association itself that conceived and curated the event, trying every year to improve and transform Interno Verde in an appointment not only interesting and curious, but concretely inclusive and as welcoming as possible.
By adapting to international certification standards, Ilturco chooses to structure its internal organization so that the work carried out is increasingly effective.

The main objectives are two: - to offer the inhabitants the opportunity to read and interpret the space that is lived and crossed every day, to encourage guests from other cities to have a more complete understanding of the past and greater awareness of the present richness of the territory , which needs to be protected and promoted; - Promote spontaneous socializing through the exceptional sharing of spaces normally off-limits to the public, a feeling of closeness and belonging based on trust and reciprocity, which can restore the meaning of living together to the community. The actions taken to improve the 2018 edition of the festival are many and varied. Some are known and known across the board, both by subscribers to the event and by partners and sponsors, while others go unnoticed by most but this should not be considered less significant.

Often it is in the detail, in the little extra care, that the uniqueness of a project lies.

In 2019, on the occasion of the first Mantuan edition of the festival, which took place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, Interno Verde wanted to take a further step forward, publishing on the map of the open gardens, near the addresses, how many kilos of CO2 are able to absorb the single space per year. The calculation was carried out by the association using the conversion rate established in Florence by the "Il Monito del Giardino" award: the numbers shown are therefore indicative, they have no claim to accuracy or scientificity, however they transmit an important message: even a small action - how to take care of a flower bed or plant a tree - concretely contributes to countering and reducing climate change and pollution. The goals are reached by adding many small precautions, many small attentions: the kilos of CO2 that the 32 gardens opened in Mantua for the first edition of Interno Verde manage to absorb every year are almost 20 thousand.

The main innovations introduced in the 2020 edition to make the event even more sustainable and environmentally friendly are two, concerning books with descriptions of gardens and wristbands that work as access passes.
For the cover of the volumes was chosen Shiro Alga Carta, an innovative product designed in Italy in the nineties, created by collecting and using virtuously the weed aquatic plants that disturb the ecological balance of the Venice Lagoon. The bracelets are made of recycled PET plastic from plastic bottles.

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the project

The C-Change network aims to transfer the best practices developed by the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) to the project partner cities in order to mobilise and raise awareness in the art and culture sector on the issue of climate change.
The project will support partner cities in the development and implementation of: local policies, such as plans for the reduction of CO2 emissions and/or adaptation to climate change focused on cultural organizations and their activities; strategic plans for the involvement of citizens on the environmental theme thanks to the artistic and cultural sector; models and strategies replicable in other cities. C-Change is a "transfer" network: the partner cities adopt the best practices developed by the head-row city, comparing the state of the art and the policies in place in order to achieve concrete improvements, through new plans that contribute to the achievement of the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2020.
For Mantova C-Change is an opportunity to develop and implement environmental policies aimed at the artistic and cultural sector with the aim of reducing its environmental impact, together with cultural projects for the involvement and awareness of citizens. This path will be carried out through an URBACT Local Group that will see the participation of the municipal offices with the stakeholders.

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the aims

  • Reduce the ecological footprint of the Mantuan cultural sector
  • Raising awareness and training of cultural operators on climate change
  • Create events on the topic of climate change
  • Raising public awareness of climate change
  • control the ecological footprint of the cultural sector