Last year, B.GreenEntertainment wrote about what (some of) the big festivals were doing to be green including South By Southwest, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Rock the Green. So this year, we looked coast to coast and every where in between to discover some other festivals and what they are doing to help protect the environment while throwing a big party for music fans! Time to dive in and take a look:
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival ~ San Francisco ~ August 9 – 11, 2013:
Outside Lands started in 2008 and is held at Golden Gate Park with approximately 60 musical guests and several large art installations. The festival brings 40,000 – 60,000 attendees each year with artists such as Radiohead, Metallica, Jack White, Muse, Phish, Beck, and many more. The event also features attractions around food, wine and art. With the environment in mind, the planners designed several aspects to incorporate into the festival including a special section of the festival called Eco Lands – Powered by You! Eco Lands offers an opportunity for attendees to get educated on sustainability with a solar powered stage, urban gardening workshops, local community organizations, national non-profit organizations, a farmer’s market, locally sourced food vendors, refillable water stations and a recycling store. Attendees can either purchase a special Outside Lands water bottle on site to drink free all weekend or bring one from home to purchase refillable water. The kicker – if you have an Outside Lands water bottle from the past 4 years, attendees can bring it to drink free all weekend! Outside Lands works with Clean Vibes (Bonnaroo) and Global Inheritance (Coachella) along with local partners to divert 77% waste from the landfill, educate attendees, and making green be fun for all!
To learn more about Outside Lands Festival’s sustainability practices, visit sfoutsidelands.com.
Sweetlife: A Music + Food Festival ~ Baltimore, MD ~ May 11, 2013
Sweetlife is a festival inspired by the owners of Sweetgreen, a farm to table restaurant in Maryland created in 2007 by three college friends. The festival brings their passion of healthy, local food together with music for a one day event at Merriweather Post Pavilion. But that’s not all – the organizers incorporate environmentally friendly practices into the plan including recycling and composting. They also create a carbon neutral event through the use of solar panels on the main stage and purchasing green tags or renewable energy certificates to help offset the energy use.
To learn more about Sweetlife Festival’s sustainability practices, visit sweetlifefestival.com.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival ~ Telluride, CO ~ June 20 – 23, 2013
Telluride, in its 40th year, is an annual four-day bluegrass festival that takes place in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. The festival prides itself on its environmental efforts with simple to complex solutions. Planet Bluegrass is focused on implementing environmental policies as well as developing new strategies. Currently, the festival recycles/composts, offsets carbon footprint with renewable energy certificates, and provides free water. They have developed a reputation as one of the national leaders in environmental action and hope that it will inspire other festival planners to follow in their footsteps. With all the changes in technology and environmental practices, Telluride now has a blog devoted to Sustainable Festivarians and encourage attendees to join in the conversation to help keep the festival clean and green.
To learn more about Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s sustainability practices, visit bluegrass.com.
Summer Camp Music Festival ~ Chillicothe, IL ~ May 24 – 26
Between 2001 and now, Summer Camp Festival has grown from a 1,000 person, 2 day festival to a 15,000+ person, 4 day festival with 7 stages and over 100 bands. The festival is known for its jam scene with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and others filling main stage slots. The Green Team, a group of volunteers, is responsible for overseeing that the festival grounds and that stay clean along with educating attendees about the importance of environmental practices. The Team works with Old Hippie Recycling to properly sort between recyclable, compostable and trash items prior to distributing to the proper site. They also use bio-diesel generators and work to make the operations carbon neutral. Attendees can also also take advantage of learning about the environment by visiting booths that focus on sustainability as well as checking out the local vendors. Summer Camp encourages festival goers to be green by bringing usable items and providing each attendee three bags, one for recycling, one for composting, and one for trash to help keep their camp site clean throughout the duration of the event.
To learn more about Summer Camp Music Festival’s sustainability practices, visit summercampfestival.com.
These are just a few green festival highlights for this year. We’ll keep searching the states for more and provide another blog post with updates. Do you know a festival that incorporates environmental practices? Share with us so we can feature it the next time around!
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