Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the weekend-long festival featuring a huge variety of live music, art and good times had by all, is undertaking some serious green intiatives. To help insure that the event is as easy on the planet as it is on the eyes and ears, Bonnaroo's greening plan includes using organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, biodegradable concession service items, revolutionary waste management strategies, and cleaner fuel options. In partnership with Tennessee-based company WastAway, Bonnaroo will participate in a revolutionary recycling process that will turn 250 tons of festival garbage into construction material and park benches to be used at future events. The festival will also continue its own extensive recycling and composting program in partnership with Clean Vibes, an organization that has diverted approximately ten percent of the event's total waste since its inception. This year, Bonnaroo organizers expect to divert over 60 percent of the event's waste from landfills.
Organizers are also implementing plans to mitigate its predicted impact on global warming. All of the festival's non-music stage generators will utilize biodiesel fuel, and one such stage (the Solar Stage) will run on solar power alone. Festival partner CLIF Bar will purchase renewable wind energy credits from NativeEnergy (who've been busy lately; most recently, working with Al Gore's new film An Inconvenient Truth), offsetting carbon dioxide emissions created by the festival and completely negating Bonnaroo's contribution to global warming. Attendees will also be encouraged purchase wind energy credits to make up for emissions produced by their travel, and to further involve attendees in greening efforts, the festival will run a contest for the "Greenest Campsite."
The overall stats are pretty impressive. Over 25,000 gallons of B100 biodiesel fuel will replace diesel for non-music stage generators, and concession food will be served with biodegradable wraps, plates, cups and cutlery manufactured from a renewable resource. # Tree free posters, post-consumer recycled toilet paper for portolets and post-consumer recycled paper for all administrative needs are just some of the highlights, which also includes a pledge to make Bonnaroo 2007 even greener. The fifth annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on June 16-18, 2006, on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. ::Bonnaroo 2006 via ::CSRWire