Isle of Wight, Lightning in a Bottle - green initiatives at summer festivals

Monday 23 May 2011 00:00 BST
(Copyright James Gillham)

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Renewable energy, green vendors, recycling bins and FestivalBudis are just some of the environmentally-friendly policies implemented at the upcoming Lightning in a Bottle and Isle of Wight music festivals.

Both the upcoming Isle of Wight Festival in the UK and Lightning in a Bottle in the USA were among the music festivals honored at the fourth annual Greener Festival Awards in 2010.

The awards were conceived by, an independent organization run on a voluntary basis by music industry professionals and a team of environmental auditors. The A Greener Festival Awards are designed to reward outdoor music events around the world which had taken environmentally positive action.

This year, the Lightning in a Bottle festival (, held in Silverado, California May 27-30, will continue to implement a variety of environmentally positive policies. The art, music and yoga festival will be powered by renewable energy suppliers and will also charter a number of cross-country buses to transport music fans and reduce their per-person carbon footprint; more information about this service is available on the event's offical site.

Ten days later the legendry Isle of Wight festival (, June 10-12, featuring seminal bands such as Pulp, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Kings of Leon, will implement a car-sharing scheme called FestivalBUDI.

Through FestivalBUDI, attendees car-share their travel plans, arranging car pools or hitching a lift. The scheme is designed to ensure that each car travelling to the event is full and therefore reduce the per-person carbon footprint generated by traveling. More information about FestivalBUDI can be found at:  

Tickets to the Isle of Wight Festival have now sold out but the event will be on various British TV channels and also available to follow online via Facebook (, Twitter ( @IsleOfWightFest) and MySpace (

Other winners of last year's A Greener Festival Awards include the Oya Festival in Norway, this year running August 9-13, ( and Osheaga in Montreal, Canada, this year on July 29-31 (

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