When it comes to greening up your event, it’s exciting how much can be accomplished with a little help from others. Over the years, Planet Bluegrass has benefited from companies that have shared both big and little ideas that have changed the way we run our business. Some of those companies are linked to the right of this blog.
We got our first big kick in the pants back in 2002 when we signed on our new beer sponsor, New Belgium Brewing Company, and received the added benefit of their “Sustainability Goddess” by the name of Hillary Mizia. Hillary offered to walk us through the first steps of doing an event audit to better understand the impacts of throwing a music celebration in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.
From those discussions, we began to implement changes that have continued each year. And in 2003, we began to incorporate a focus on reusing, reducing, composting and offsetting our energy use into our company mission.
Over the years, a dozen new branches have grown encompassing areas of organics food and body care, local food and water, compostables, sustainable touring practices, leave no trace camping practices, solar and wind and hydro and biofuels and on and on. I invite you to peruse our links page under bluegrass.com/green to find these resources.
Also, here’s a short list of some of our partner sites as well, all of whom embrace the environment as part of the big equation. As for New Belgium Brewery, we just entered our third, three year partnership this month. Along with having their most delicious and energy efficient beer at all of our events they will also be leading a human-powered, carbon-free campaign to greatly increase the use of mankindâ€™s greatest inventionâ€¦ the bicycle.