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Bonnaroo Festival Goes Green

Organizers mark the seventh anniversary with greener initiatives for the 2009 festival.
By Stephanie Nelson
May 2009 Web
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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be even greener this year.


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In addition to great music and new bands, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is known for its sustainable practices. A Greener Festival gave the festival high marks for its green practices last year. This year, the Bonnaroo festival is June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.  From a garden and compost piles to the Planet Roo village, this year’s festival will have more environmental programs than previous years.

The Planet Roo village is an area dedicated to educating people on environmental issues, such as alternative energy and green building. Planet Roo will feature nonprofit organizations and eco-friendly companies, groups and social activists. People can learn about sustainable lifestyle practices while enjoying the Waste Free Café, where Internet, food and drinks is offered, and the stage powered by solar panels.

Another educational area is the Bonnaroo Victory Garden, which is fertilized with the nearby compost piles. Music and art fans can toss their leftovers in compost piles and learn about managing an organic vegetable garden. Although it is uncertain whether or not the crops will be for sale, the garden will receive water from the permanent water wells near the garden.

The festival will cut back on waste by teaming up with STANLEY ninteen13 for the Less-Bottled Water Program. The festival offers free well water, and this year, free filtered water is accessible throughout the festival. Stainless steel Bonnaroo limited edition water bottles are available online and at the festival. For every water bottle sold, Bonnaroo and STANLEY will donate a dollar to the Global Water Challenge.

More about eco-friendly music and art

• Soul singer John Legend teams up with nonprofit environmental group Reverb to make his summer tour as eco-friendly as possible.

• Environmental activist and musician Jack Johnson spreads environmental awareness through his nonprofit Kokua Foundation.

• A sculpture major at the University of Kansas turns a fountain ito an eco-conscious art project using plastic water bottles.








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