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Bonnaroo is Going Green

It’s June in Tennessee which means it’s time for one of the best music festivals in the country: Bonnaroo.  Along with people from all over the country, hundreds of UT students are headed to Manchester to see Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, David Cross, or maybe even my personal favorite, John Oates.  Bonnaroo has a great reputation as a music and arts festival but did you know that it has also been recognized for its sustainability efforts? I know what you’re thinking, “No way, Kate!” but it’s completely true.

This year, $1 of every Bonnaroo ticket went to help permanent sustainable site improvements on the Farm where the festival is held.  This generates roughly $90,000 to be used on solar panels, tree planting, and Bonnaroo’s other greening projects.  On the subject of solar panels, did you know that 20% of energy used at Bonnaroo comes from on-site solar panels?!

If I had the pleasure of going to Roo this year, I know I wouldn’t want to go alone.   If you carpool to the festival with four or more people in your car, you’ll be eligible for different prizes including an upgrade to VIP camping.  You know what they say, the more the merrier.

I think one of the most impressive things about Bonnaroo’s sustainability efforts is their waste diversion.  Bonnaroo is a huge festival and last year they diverted 233.77 tons of waste from landfills!  This number includes recycled materials such as cardboard, paper, and plastic as well as composted food!

For all of those headed out to Manchester in the next few days, have an awesome (and safe) time!  Be sure to wear sunscreen, drink lots of water, enjoy some great music, and recycle! See you back in Knoxville!

-Kate Barnes

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