Green Festival, Concert and Event Resources
Stages Northwest, Inc. has a commitment to the environment and is ready to partner with you to produce environmentally responsible events. We strive to minimize the environmental footprint of each event. In addition, we would like to provide the following resources and tips to assist you.
Greening Guides and Information:
- Global Urban Development’s article on “Producing Environmentally Responsible Olympics and Greening Major Public Events.” The article provides information on current efforts to green events as well as background information on carbon offsets and reducing your event’s environmental footprint.
- Recycling Advocates has produced a valuable guide, “Recycling at Events” This guide includes working with the waste/recycling hauler as well as volunteer staffing.
- Duke University’s “Green Event Planning Guide” This guide is an excellent checklist of the steps to take for greening events.
- RecycleWorks of San Mateo has developed this website for recycling at events. The timeline is a helpful tool as well as other checklists.
- Seattle Public Work’s is a website for recycling and composting at events. It includes measurable data from the Bite of Seattle and Bumbershoot.
Suppliers of event recycling products
- Recyclingbin.com specializes in designing and producing highly efficient collection systems that not only enhance your décor but graphically optimize your messaging. http://www.recyclingbin.com/
- MeetGreen consults and trains event organizers interested in producing environmentally responsible concerts, events and meetings. They also have a calculator that will measure your greening efforts and compare it with other years or similar size festivals and events. A toolbox is also available on the site.
- Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) has a forum, resources and information on greening meetings and events. The forum is a free service.
Greening Concert Tours:
- Reverb is a non-profit organization formed to raise awareness for the environment building on the connection between artists and their fans.
- Clif Bar, Green Notes: This organization works with bands to green their tours including carbon offset ideas.
- Green Highway is the online companion to Bonnie Raitt’s project which tours with her. It includes information on greening your tours.
Top Ten Things You Can Do to Make Your Event More Sustainable
- Talk to your waste/recycling hauler early in the planning process to develop a recycling program.
- Hire/appoint a recycling coordinator.
- Purchase green power for the stage and lighting.
- Use biodiesel to power generators.
- Ask food vendors to serve local, sustainable food.
- Do not allow vendors or the venue to serve food in Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastics.
- Provide incentives for the audience to use mass transit.
- Purchase carbon offsets to mitigate the travel by artists.
- Develop talking points for the artists to discuss what is being done to green the event.
- Get started. Choosing even one idea from this list will have a huge impact. Measure what you have done and build on it next year.