The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (“Jazz Fest”) presented by Shell, one of North America’s leading cultural events, has been newly awarded Gold certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, earning the festival distinction for their outstanding approach to social, environmental, economic and community impact.

Jazz Fest which hosted some 475,000 visitors across 7 days, including more than 700 artists and participants successfully developed a comprehensive approach to minimizing the environmental footprint of the festival, while increasing the inclusivity, economic and social benefits of the 53 year old New Orleans institution.

The achievement of Gold certification from the independent Council For Responsible Sport (“Council”) recognizes not only the commitment of Jazz Fest to a broad range of sustainability and impact goals, but also the work to embed these approaches into day to day activity and then track and measure performance consistently. It also means that the Jazz Fest becomes the largest cultural festival to receive certification under the Council’s framework.

“This is an outstanding achievement for such a large and diverse event, we congratulate the Jazz Fest team, and their long-time presenting partner Shell USA for the focus and work of all involved to reach this milestone” said Kevin Phelan, Board Member, Council for Responsible Sport. “The work on waste-diversion, carbon foot-printing, the extensive inclusion of local vendors and diverse community engagement were some highlights of the systematic approach taken by the organizers”

On behalf of everyone at Jazz Fest, we’re honored to have the Festival receive Gold certification from the Council. Thanks to our partnership with Shell, the Festival has been able to develop a robust sustainability campaign, which is an important complement to our longstanding commitment to the cultural and socio-economic wellbeing of our community.

Quint Davis, Jazzfest Producer/Director

Jazzfest Outcomes

  • 17.56 metric tons of recycling diverted from landfill and 4.37 metric tons of food waste composted
  • 1.13 metric tons of hard-to-recycle plastics collected - waste being sent to a Nexus facility in Atlanta as part of Shell’s “Plastics Circularity Project”
  • Recycled 2,500 gallons of cooking oil which is turned into fuel for local shrimping boats 
  • 2022 was the first year for Shell’s Recycle Rewards program, which rewarded festival goers for recycling plastic bottles or aluminum cans
  • The Shell team used the fair market value of the materials recycled to calculate a $16,000 donation made to local non-profits to fund continued waste-reduction benefit in the local community
  • The completion of a carbon footprint study, including the offsetting of 7,098 mt of Scope 1 and some Scope 3 emissions
  • The NOLA Supplier Impact Program which will strengthen the business sustainability and continuity of Black Female Suppliers in the Greater New Orleans area focused on increased understanding of how to maintain business continuity and sustainability even in times of uncertainty and provide productive networking and increased connections within the Women’s Business community

Download the Infographic

All these efforts were assessed in adherence to the Council’s rigorous certification standards using the cloud based ReScore platform that enables sporting event organizers to measure, track, report, and verify their progress on a broad range of environmental and social indicators. It simplifies the approach for organizers who want to meet the increasing expectations of fans, visitors, artists, sponsors, and host communities that large scale cultural and sporting events be more sustainable and socially inclusive.

Colette Hirstius, Shell SVP Gulf of Mexico, commented: “In our partnership with Jazz Fest, Shell is enhancing the festival through a range of programs that support sustainability, both for the event and raising awareness among the 475,000+ people who attend. The review and assessment undertaken by the Council highlights the progress made, as well as continued opportunities for improvement. We continue to be honored to be the presenting sponsor for this legendary event and expand the recycling program further.”

The initial 2 year certification of Jazz Fest took place in May 2022.

About the Council for Responsible Sport

The Council for Responsible Sport is a 501 (c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a vision of a world where responsibly produced sports and events are the norm. It has been helping people measure, manage and verify the social and environmental impacts of their events since 2007. The Council provides independent verification and certification of mass participation events in terms of their environmental, social and economic impacts. Many of the hundreds of events that have been certified are among the world’s leading examples of mass participation organizations going beyond the “norm” to generate positive impacts. For more information, and to see certification criteria visit

Media Contact:
Kevin Phelan

About the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell

Established in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival or Jazz Fest, annually celebrates the unique culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. It is considered one of the world’s greatest music festivals. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit organization that owns Jazz Fest, uses the proceeds from the event for year-round activities in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For information visit,

About Shell USA, Inc.

Shell USA, Inc is an affiliate of Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 12,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.


Media Americas: +1 832 337 4355

Cautionary note

The companies in which Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. In this content “Shell”, “Shell Group” and “Group” are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These terms are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular entity or entities. ‘‘Subsidiaries’’, “Shell subsidiaries” and “Shell companies” as used in this content refer to entities over which Shell plc either directly or indirectly has control. Entities and unincorporated arrangements over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to as “joint ventures” and “joint operations”, respectively. “Joint ventures” and “joint operations” are collectively referred to as “joint arrangements”. Entities over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as “associates”. The term “Shell interest” is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect ownership interest held by Shell in an entity or unincorporated joint arrangement, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

Forward-Looking Statements

This content contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Shell to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “aim”, “ambition”, ‘‘anticipate’’, ‘‘believe’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘estimate’’, ‘‘expect’’, ‘‘goals’’, ‘‘intend’’, ‘‘may’’, “milestones”, ‘‘objectives’’, ‘‘outlook’’, ‘‘plan’’, ‘‘probably’’, ‘‘project’’, ‘‘risks’’, “schedule”, ‘‘seek’’, ‘‘should’’, ‘‘target’’, ‘‘will’’ and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this content, including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell’s products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, judicial, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; (m) risks associated with the impact of pandemics, such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak; and (n) changes in trading conditions. No assurance is provided that future dividend payments will match or exceed previous dividend payments. All forward-looking statements contained in this content are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that may affect future results are contained in Shell plc’s Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2022 (available at and These risk factors also expressly qualify all forward-looking statements contained in this content and should be considered by the reader. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of publication mentioned on this website. Neither Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this content.

Moving Forward with Everybody

We’re finding ways to bring energy to more people in more ways every day, so that all of us can be a part of the changing energy system. Because Powering Progress means providing more and cleaner energy across the country.  

Powering Progress in the United States

Powering Progress sets out our strategy to accelerate the transition of our business to net-zero emissions. Read how!

Projects and Locations

Helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. See the Projects and Locations in the USA where Shell operates.

Contact Shell in the U.S.

To ensure you reach the right contact at Shell, please use the proper information below.