Monday, April 12, 2010

Greening Shakori Hills

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Leading by example ... Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance:

This April 22 marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day! To celebrate, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will be doing its part to reduce its footprint, to put the earth first, and to educate all festival attendees about how easy and fun it is to protect and care for our planet.

Throughout the weekend, as festival goers buy food, throw out their trash, and clean up the area around their camp site, they will notice Shakori Hills's efforts to cut down on litter going to the landfill. All food vendors provide compostable plates, bowls, cups, and utensils, which are separated out at trash stations around the food area. There are also recycling and composting sites throughout the grounds. For a festival that has a peak of 8,000 attendees, that's a lot of avoided garbage. To reduce plastic bottle use, festival goers can bring their own bottles and refill them with water from the Blue Green Machine. The Machine is a water filtering system that takes water from the local well and filters it, giving free water to anyone who needs it, thanks to their owners, Kinetico.

Shakori Hills has also teamed up with The Abundance Foundation - a local organization whose purpose is to increase public awareness of sustainable energy usage and local food consumption in Chatham County. Together, the organizations are working on a plan to make the festival and its home solar power dependent in the next few years. Both organizations will be taking donations from the public at the festival, and will have a solar panel on display to show attendees how it works.

But, that's not all. Check out the rest of this article, by Sara Waters in the Chatham Journal, here.

Further reading:

Building a Green Economy (The New York Times Magazine)

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