Music festivals aren’t generally known for being the most eco-friendly events. Some, however, are taking steps to get rid of that nasty reputation.
Since its inception in 2002, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has made significant strides to reduce its environmental impact and implement sustainable practices. Here at We Are Neutral, we’re proud to be one piece of the earth-friendly puzzle.
Here are five green facts you didn’t know about Bonnaroo.
Clean Vibes Are Good Vibes
From day one, Bonnaroo has partnered with the waste management organization Clean Vibes. Each year, Clean Vibes helps the festival divert biodegradable waste that would have otherwise been thrown in a landfill. Over the course of 15 years, the festival has diverted over 1,500 tons of waste!
Unleash the Power of the Sun!
In 2013, the festival installed a 50-kilowatt solar array on the festival grounds. This made Bonnaroo the first major music festival in the United States to power itself with a permanent solar installation. By owning the festival grounds and running on solar, Bonnaroo controls its energy consumption like few festivals can.
BonnaROOTS Community Dinners
Each year, the festival hosts a locally-sourced dinner Oxfam America and Eat for Equity, two organizations with missions to help end inequality, hunger and poverty. While guests at the dinners can mingle with Bonnaroo co-founders and artists, the meal itself is the star of the event. All the food for the dinners comes from within 200 miles of the festival, some of it sourced from the Bonnaroo Learning Garden.
The Annual Report
After the festival each year, Bonnaroo presents a report to fans detailing the environmental and sustainable practices of the festival. The report goes into detail for items like “Food Recovery,” “Site Improvements” and “Waste Management,” presenting numbers and statistics for the festival’s environmental impact.
While everybody at the festival walks through Planet Roo, one of the primary purposes of the space is to educate festival-goers on various non-profit organizations. In addition to booths, Planet Roo also features a documentary movie theater that features green-centric films, the perfect place to learn while you get out of the hot Tennessee sun.