Bonnaroo's Official Sustainability Statement
We don’t just want to be the best festival. We aspire to be the greenest festival—and set the standard in sustainability and greening practices for North American concert events. To do so, we will engage fans, artists, the public, officials and even other festivals. Because of what’s at stake, we will gladly spend the extra effort and cost this sometimes involves. We believe our commitment to being sustainably green doesn’t hurt the Bonnaroo experience, but rather defines it and improves it. Who says you can’t have fun while changing the world?
Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
If you’ve ever cleaned up after a party, you can imagine what we face at Bonnaroo.
Thanks to the amazing efforts of the Clean Vibes team we diverted 366.37 tons by weight from the landfill in 2013! A special thanks to our friends at Eco-Products who helped us to reduce our overall footprint by supplying our site with 100% compostable food service items.
2013 Bonnaroo Waste Diversion Rates by Weight
48% of all waste diverted from landfill
• 192.14 tons hauled commingled to All In One Recycling
• 26.49 tons of scrap metal hauled to American Iron and Metal in Manchester, TN
• 22.39 tons of cardboard, office paper, and electronics hauled to Coffee County Recycling
• 3.85 tons of used cooking oil diverted and collected by Yellow Dog Renewables to be processed into biodiesel
• Approximately 120 tons of compost
Bonnaroo Carbon Shredders
The Carbon Shredders have partnered with We Are Neutral this year, to feature simple changes you can make in your everyday life to reduce your carbon footprint. Attendees travel from all over with a commitment to share in the Bonnaroo experience. Stop by and tell us how you made it here and share with us the small sustainable changes you are making in your own life. This year you’ll learn many more ways to shred your carbon and reduce your environmental footprint, and the Carbon Shredders booth will teach you how. Through food choices, water reductions, energy savings, and the way you transport yourself, we’ll give you a few good ideas to bring back home. Put your pin in the Carbon Shred map, learn more about solar power, or stop by for a good conversation, The Carbon Shred team will be there! Check out We Are Neutral on Facebook for more info on how you can make your Bonnaroo greener!
Clean Vibes is a company dedicated to responsible waste management at outdoor festivals and events. Their mission is to encourage and promote recycling and proper waste disposal, decreasing the amount of trash entering landfills and incinerators by increasing the amount of recyclables collected and delivered to recycling centers.
Rock the Earth
Rock the Earth is a national not-for-profit public-interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources. Their MO involves partnerships with the music industry. Ergo, Bonnaroo.
We Are Neutral
We Are Neutral helps musicians, artists and festivals green their projects, tours. We Are Neutral is an initiative of the non-profit Earth Givers, which engages in local energy conservation, low-income weatherization and carbon sequestration projects.
Shades of Green
A few of the green steps Bonnaroo has taken over the last few years.
Education and outreach
• A year-round sustainability coordinator to Bonnaroo staff.
• Developed guidelines for each department to reduce the festival’s overall carbon footprint.
• Included a Greening Handbook with the employee manual.
• Established purchasing and operational policies to encourage Bonnaroo staff to make the most sustainable choices.
• Brought biodegradable wraps, plates, cups and cutlery manufactured from corn to concessions. These are composted along with food waste, diverting over 30 tons of landfill waste.
• Recycle over 30 tons of PET bottles each year.
• Expanded free water stations throughout the concert site where fans can refill reusable water bottles.
• Use recycled and locally sourced products wherever possible.
• Provide vendors with a list of local farmers to source produce and meat from.
• Partner with a local food bank to donate recovered food from staff and artist catering.
• In 2012, offset 800 metric tons of CO2.
• Since tying into the Tennessee Valley Authority electrical grid 2009 we have reduced our generator use by 70% and installed a 50 KW solar array.
• Replace 12 security vehicles with security horses.
• Add alternative fuel vehicles to festival rental fleet.
The Greening Village and Planet Roo
Planet Roo is an eco and social-activism village dedicated to promoting a socially responsible lifestyle. The performance stage here is actually powered by solar panels!
Within Planet Roo you’ll find a waste-free café, a documentary cinema tent, a silent auction benefiting worthy causes, and lots of information about how we are making a difference—and how you can, too.