When it comes to minimizing the footprint of mega-events, music festivals seem to be ahead of the curve. Obviously Live Earth had programs in place to reduce the impact of the worldwide concerts, but recently internationally-renowned yearly music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot are leading the way, too. That brings us to the next big music festival of the summer: Austin City Limits. This weekend's ACL festival promises to bring the noise and lose the landfill. The festival's first order of business? Banning styrofoam, the scourge of outdoor festivals everywhere.Instead of using styrofoam, vendors will be required to serve food in compostable or biodegradable materials. Other programs include recycling programs for festival-goers, the use of LED and CFL lights when possible, and energy from both biodiesel and solar power for festival activities.
And, of course, what modern day mega-event would be complete without carbon offsetting. From the ACL Festival site:
ACL is offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions created by the festival's generators and electricity usage as well as staff travel and office based emissions. Just by offsetting the staff travel and the electricity used to power the event, ACL will offset over 94,000 pounds of (CO2) carbon dioxide emissions.