Campsite Challenge

2010 Winners, Camp Stumblin' Puddle
2010 Winners, Camp Stumblin' Puddle

To extend the spirit of sustainable festivation into the campgrounds, Planet Bluegrass will once again be holding the How Green is your Grass? Campsite Challenge. Coordinated by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the 6th annual contest encourages all of us to raise the bar for sustainable camping by honoring campsites that excel in achieving the highest levels of the Leave No Trace philosophy.

How Do I Participate?

The contest is open to all campers in any of the Planet Bluegrass-managed campgrounds. To nominate your own campsite or one of your neighbors:

  1. Leave No TraceSubmit a campsite entry form, including a sketch of your campsite.
  2. Stop by the Leave No Trace booth each day to view all the campsite entries. Campsite finalists will be chosen daily by staff and Festivarians.
  3. Planet Bluegrass will select the grand prize winner after the campground pack-out is complete on Monday.

How Do I Win?

We will be judging on three simple criteria:

  1. Cleanliness. Are you repackaging the food you bring? Are you keeping a tidy campsite? Are items secure and not susceptible to wind gusts? Are you safely disposing of cigarette butts?
  2. Voting at the LNT booth
    Voting at the LNT booth
    Sustainability. Are you separating your recyclables, compostables, and then placing them in the correct bins at the campsite waste stations? Are you reusing products (cups, utensils, water bottles, bags) instead of trashing them? Are you using any alternative energy sources to power your campsite? Did you bike or carpool to the festival; are you offsetting carbon emissions using wind credits or carbon offsets? Will you pack out as much as possible when leaving? Did you do anything to reduce your homes’ energy while attending the festival?
  3. Creativity. Does your campsite have a theme? Are you utilizing any unique and innovative camping techniques?

What Do I Win?

Random winners will be chosen each day to win New Belgium beer, Leave No Trace memberships, Chaco footwear, and music from Planet Bluegrass. One grand prize winner will be selected after the campground pack-out on Monday from the four daily finalists. This grand prize winner will receive a pair of 4-day passes and camping (in the campground of your choice) for the 2015 Festival.

2013 Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 Campsite Challenge winners Camp Cascadia. They'll be camping again at the 2014 festival – though this year for free thanks to winning the Campsite Challenge.

We received impressive entries from every campground. Thanks to these and many many other thoughtful, sustainable campsites, the footprint of the Festivarian campers was drastically reduced. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped make this possible. Give them a virtual pat on the back over at the Festivarian Forum.

For More Information

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Visit at or call 1-800-332-4100