Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Outside Lands Festival Grows Green at Heart

This past weekend the Outside Lands festival rocked San Francisco, drawing thousands of people to bask in the sunshine and music that filled Golden Gate Park. Greening an event as massive as a festival is no easy task, however one of the cornerstones of this year’s event was the PG&E sponsored Eco Lands, which created a verdant heart within the festival’s central meadow From a solar stage juiced by the sun’s rays, to an on-site organic farmers market, to an innovative array of recycling programs, read on for a review of Eco Lands’ greatest green merits.

Now in its second year running, the Eco Lands encampment literally took center stage at this year’s Outside Lands festival. Located in one of the event’s main glades, it was pretty much impossible to miss while traveling between the festival’s 7 stages, which gave the endeavor a ton of exposure. Upon arriving I picked up a “Passport“, which guided me on a trip through the event’s green destinations. Each eco-location gives you a stamp, and at the end a full passport gives you a shot at winning some great prizes.

One of Eco Lands’ defining features was the solar-powered stage that took advantage of the weekend’s gorgeous weather to amp up the festival’s green cred. Set up by Sustainable Waves, the stage was powered by two massive solar arrays provided by PG&E and featured some great acts including indie favorites Portugal, the Man (featured above), Deerhunter, and Bat for Lashes.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Solar Powered DJ Booth Ribbon Cutting

From the left: Mark McLarry from Sustainable Waves, Jenna Morton from N9NE Group, George Maloof from the Palms Casino Resort, Neal Turley from Sustainable Waves

Ribbon cutting at Earth Week for the 1st Solar Powered DJ Booth in Las Vegas.