Eco Initiatives

The Green Music Festival has enhanced its green initiatives with help from Bright Beat. Its improved policies and efforts demonstrate an increased commitment to the highest standards of environmentally responsible practices. Green Music Fest has received recognition of its green initiatives through both national and international accolades:

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#1 FestForums: 2016 Best of Fest Music Sustainability 

Raising the bar for sustainable event production, Green Music Fest won the FestForums' 2016 Best of the Fests: Music Festival Sustainability award for engaging fest-goers and vendors in the successful Zero Waste resource recovery program, the fun people-powered bike stage and so much more. Watch the Sizzle Reel to hear how and why Green Music Fest prioritizes these progressive and interactive efforts. 

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 #2 A Greener Festival: Highly Commended Award

Continuing its mission of making sure Wicker Park get its party on while serving as a platform to educate and inspire attendees to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, Green Music Fest took on the challenge of applying for the A Greener Festival Award in 2016, and delving into all aspects of event operations and critically thinking about environmental impacts. On-site festival production and sustainability programming was evaluated by a well-traveled, eco-expert, and an extensive, nearly 200-line item self-assessment, was submitted for verification. Green Music Fest's Highly Commended Award is a result of A Greener Festival's comprehensive sustainability framework, the unyielding support of Festival Founder, Robert Gomez, and leadership of Sustainability Program partner, Bright Beat. 


 Claire O'Neill, A Greener Festival Co-Founder:

"Green Music Fest's Highly Commended Award signifies a well-managed environmentally aware festival, which has taken significant steps to reduce waste, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and engage their audience in the process." 

"For Green Music Fest to achieve this level of accolade in their first year's application to the awards is really remarkable."

 Robert Gomez, Green Music Fest Founder:

"Being 'Highly Commended' by A Greener Festival really validates Green Music Fest's environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices and, we hope, inspires other local festivals to consider doing the same."

 Stephanie Katsaros, Green Music Fest Sustainability Director and Bright Beat Founder:

"It is a privilege to be recognized by industry peers who live and breathe festivals, sustainability, and music, and to accept the Best of the Fest Music Sustainability award on behalf of Green Music Fest."

Above: Stephanie Katsaros, Green Music Fest Sustainability Director and fellow award winner at FestForums Best of the Fest award ceremony in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Above: Robert Gomez, Green Music Fest Founder, Stephanie Katsaros, Green Music Fest Sustainability Director and Bright Beat Founder, and Wicker Park's own Orange Gnome pose for a photo with a Greener Festival Award 2016 Highly Commended certificate at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce Office in Chicago, IL. 

Sustainability Initiatives page

Our thanks to the Chicago office of Bartlett Tree Experts for donating seedlings for guests at the Eco Education tent to adopt and take home to plant. A pioneer in environmentally friendly pest management, Bartlett is also providing and releasing 100,000 ladybugs at the fest, in a demonstration of beneficial garden insects. Bartlett has a special connection to Wicker Park Bucktown, serving on the SSA’s Clean & Green Committee and caring for the trees of our urban forest.