Our Sustainability Doctrine
|Compost Crew at Telluride Bluegrass|
For more than two decades, Planet Bluegrass has worked to present the finest musical experiences in some of the country’s most magnificent natural environments while striving to reduce our environmental footprint at the same time.
Over the years, we’ve embraced some simple environmental solutions -- like providing free filtered water and waste reduction incentives and mandates at our festivals to cut down on plastic bottles and other trash. We’ve also embraced some complex ones -- like purchasing carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gas pollution produced by traveling to and from Telluride as well as renewable energy credits to offset our electricity consumption and support wind farms around the United States.
In the process, we’ve developed a reputation as a national leader in voluntary environmental action. One of our greatest hopes is that our voluntary efforts will inspire and encourage festivarians to take action in their own communities. All of us together can lay the groundwork for the private sector and our political leaders in this country and around the world as we transition to a clean energy economy.
Renewable Energy & Carbon Offsets
Planet Bluegrass depends on energy to power our annual music festivals. Our staff, artists and festivarians also depend on energy to travel to and from our events. Unfortunately, over 70% of the energy in the US is produced by burning fossil fuels which is increasingly harmful to our environment and our health. Since 2003, we have been committed to offsetting our carbon footprint and have invested in carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (REC’s) to offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) created by our electricity, diesel and gas consumption.
Since 2007, we have been offsetting 100% of the emissions created by the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, including travel to and from Telluride. This is our most significant step to-date towards neutralizing the impacts of our events. Learn more...
Festival Waste Reduction
Since 2003, Planet Bluegrass has developed programs that encourage reuse, recycling, and composting at all of our events. The Planet Bluegrass waste station was created to divert garbage from ending up in the landfill. Each station is accompanied by a trained volunteer assisting festivarians with composting and recycling the majority of their waste. Learn more about our other methods of waste reduction over the past four years.
- "Sustainability takes center stage at Lyons festival" from Boulder Daily Camera
- "Bluegrass Plays a Greener Tune" from Living on Earth
- "The Greening of Bluegrass" from the GreenBase blog at Jambase.com (also see these)
- Governor's Proclamation of "Colorado Bluegrass Day" (PDF file)
- Steve Szymanski interviewed on American Public Media's Weekend America
- Listen to Steve Szymanski on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters
- "Bluegrass fest turning ever greener" from Rocky Mountain News
- "Bluegrass Goes Carbon Neutral" from Telluride Daily Planet