More good news from our perpetually sunny universe!
Amidst all the stimuli and excitement that fills our world when we get together to celebrate on the farm in June, our Bonnaroo community continues to remain aware of the potential impact that we have on the environment. For the fifth year running, A Greener Festival has recognized our extraordinary efforts by presenting us with the “Greener Festival Award”. Its no coincidence because we’re all making greener decisions in how we Bonnaroo and those decisions add up, making us the most engaged, environmentally-aware audience that we know how to be.
So, give yourself and all of your Bonnaroo crew a little pat on the back for every time you:
a) picked up the garbage around you whether or not you put it there
b) thought twice before tossing something out that was recyclable/compostable
c) reduced the amount of stuff you brought to the festival to free up an extra seat for carpooling
d) paid a visit to Planet ‘Roo to educate yourself in, and perhaps join, the efforts of important non-profit organizations
e) patronized our festival vendors who all use compostable cups, plates and silverware while also composting their food scraps
f) brought the instinct to compost, recycle, and reduce your impact on the world into your daily life and spread that awareness to the world around you
Only a truly awesome organization can understand that “music festivals are the ideal forum for promoting lifestyle change and championing sustainability – without preaching – and the importance of the role of the arts in the fight against climate change.” You think your Great Grandmama understood that? (Rhetorical question – we’ve never met her so maybe she did…) What we do know is that A Greener Festival is doing some very important work in our world so if you’re interested, take a gander at their website to find out more!
Just to review our environmental accolades from Bonnaroo 2011, the tireless Clean Vibes team tallied the numbers and we diverted more waste from the landfill than ever before.
- 238.31 tons of waste total was diverted from the landfill, representing 68% of our waste by volume.
- 22. 8 tons of scrap metal
- 103.39 tons of commingled and construction waste
- 41.13 tons of cardboard
- 3 tons of donated food
- 8 tons of waste oil
- 178.32 tons of total recycling and reuse
- 60 tons of compost
While we’re certainly very proud of these numbers, our work is never done. As more innovative greening practices are constantly being developed, its our goal to integrate as much as we can into the way we all ‘Roo.