Over the next two weeks a variety of green technologies and environmentally friendly initiatives will be presented at events ranging from music festivals to car shows. The latest eco-friendly construction methods and renewable energy technology will be on show at Greenbuild Expo; then music mixes with environmental initiatives at EMU and Roskilde, while past and present hybrid vehicles take their place alongside gas guzzlers at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
3rd Greenbuild Expo
United Kingdom, Manchester
Now in its third year, the Greenbuild Expo is free to attend and offers extensive conferences and product exhibitions covering all aspects of the 'green' building trade. The event attracts several big-name photovoltaic and other renewable energy technology manufacturers and runs a number of training courses for home improvement enthusiasts and those already in the construction industry. Running alongside the Greenbuild expo is ignition 11 - a specialist event dedicated to wood-fuel technology. In terms of renewable energy technology, the event is closest to Intersolar held earlier this year (June 8-11) in Germany.
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EMU Music Festival
EMU is an eco-conscious music festival, ticket proceeds of which go towards a variety of environmental causes and positive green actions such as tree planting. This year's event will be headlined by The Disco Biscuits from Philadelphia, other acts include Leftover Salmon, RJD2 and Perpetual Groove among others. Among the festival's green activities is a competition to design a 'sustainable festival tent,' the use of biodegradable water bottles and partnerships with charitable organizations including Trees Water & People. A weekend pass to the festival costs $70. EMU is much smaller, both in terms of size and musical importance, than Roskilde (June 3 -July 3) and Glastonbury (June 24-26).
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41st Roskilde Festival
June 30 - July 3
Among the largest European music festivals, Roskilde attracts more than 80,000 concertgoers and more than 180 performing bands. Headliners for 2011 are Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon, Mastodon, M.I.A., PJ Harvey, and The Strokes. The 2011 festival will take place from June 30 to July 3, with the campground opening for warm-up events that run from June 26 until the start of the festival. This year's festival has implemented a number of green schemes including a refund system to encourage the return of plastic cups and donation of leftover camping equipment to charities in Denmark. Tickets are currently on sale. A €232 ticket includes camping and access to events for the entire week. One-day tickets are available for €117.
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19th Goodwood Festival of Speed
June 30 - July 3
Goodwood, Sussex, UK
The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, billed as "the world's greatest celebration of car culture," draws motoring fans from all over the world to see the spectacular machines of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Concept cars and new technologies will be displayed at the FOS Tech Pavilion which this year has a strong emphasis on environmentally friendly transport; there will also be a wide selection of hybrid and electric vehicles on display including world's oldest hybrid, the Porsche Semper Vivus, as well as the Citroen Survolt concept and the Honda CR-Z Mugen concept.