BELIEVE IT OR NOT. A CLEAN AND GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Take a stroll through the area for some great eco-friendly shopping, farm-to-festival bites, and explore ways you can take action to support some great causes. It’s not your typical rock festival experience; be sure to check it out.
Lollapalooza is now accepting vendor applications for the Green Street Art Market.
Waste diversion is aggressively practiced both backstage and front-of-house with an incentive program for fans, hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations in the picnic areas, and a team of hired professionals and volunteers. Please help us divert waste from the landfill by selecting the correct bin before tossing your waste away. You can reduce your waste by refilling your water container at one of the six CamelBak Filling Stations. Last year, Lollapalooza fans poured enough water to fill over 264,000 water bottles!
Rock & Recycle Program
Rock out, recycle, and win a free commemorative Lollapalooza t-shirt, cool swag, and a chance to win a Lollapalooza Trek bike! Visit one of the four Rock & Recycle centers throughout the park for more details.
Recycled Paper Greetings puts a fresh spin on the classic card. They pioneered the use of recycled paper in the greeting card industry and continue to print over 80 million cards annually on recycled paper. Recycled Paper Greetings is committed to sustainable practices and is very proud to be the presenting sponsor of Lollapalooza’s Rock & Recycle program where you can earn free stuff for recycling.
Fans are encouraged to take environmentally friendly transportation to the festival, such as walking, biking, taking city mass transportation, or carpooling. Since 2006, the festival has partnered with a local nonprofit biking organization, Active Transportation Alliance, to provide a bike valet service for our patrons. The bike valet is located on Lakeshore Drive and Monroe Drive. Fans can also arrange car shares through the Lollapalooza Zimride Network.
Lollapalooza Makes an Effort to
Tread Lightly on the Environment
Over the past six years, C3 Presents has worked with Green Mountain Energy to track and offset Lollapalooza’s carbon footprint. By offsetting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions created by the event’s generators, staff travel, artist travel, and festival vehicles, along with offering event goers the opportunity to offset their event travel, we’ve offset approximately 14.2 million lbs of greenhouse gas emissions, which is as much as taking over 1,300 cars off the road for one year!
In addition to offsetting the electricity Lollapalooza does use, the festival will be using bio-diesel as its primary fuel for generators at the 2013 festival, directly reducing Lollapalooza’s carbon footprint.
What festival attendees can do to tread lightly: Purchase a $3 carbon offset at checkout!
By choosing to tread lightly to Lollapalooza, you balance out 220 pounds of greenhouse gas emissisions associated with travel to the festival. That’s like not driving a car 245 miles, or as much CO2 as 20 young trees can absorb in one year.
All carbon offsets purchased from Lollapalooza 2013 will benefit the Indian Creek Landfill Gas Project in Hopedale, Illinois, just outside Peoria. The landfill has special equipment that captures naturally occurring landfill gas, which contains methane, and destroys it through a combustion process. Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas with over 20 times the potency of carbon dioxide. The project is third-party certified by the Climate Action Reserve, which means the offsets are real, permanent, and beyond what’s required by law or would have occurred otherwise. Learn more about renewable energy and carbon offset projects Green Mountain supports by visiting our Projects We Support map.
Compass Green Workshops
Take some helpful green tips home with you! Compass Green will be providing workshops at the south end of Green Street each day of Lollapalooza at 1 PM. Workshops are provided by Lollapalooza and the funding will provide urban gardening education programs to at-risk students in low-income schools.
Friday: Gardening Basics
Do you know the delectable difference between tomatoes fresh from your own backyard/window-sill and the red things on the store shelf? Get in the growing game now with these basics for sustainable home food production.
Saturday: Urban Farming
If we can grow it in a truck, you can grow food anywhere! Learn how to transform your urban setting into a yummy beacon of sustainability, self-reliance, and deliciousness.
If it stinks, you’re not doing it right! Come and learn proper composting for your home or apartment so that you can start recycling our most valuable commodity, our soil’s nutrients!
Once inside the park, patrons find three dedicated teams of volunteers (over 200 volunteers per day) helping to spread the green message and to ensure that our environmental programs run efficiently. These programs would not be possible without them!
Keeping Grant Park and the planet healthy and around for future generations are key missions of the Lollapalooza.
That’s why Lollapalooza is planned through an aggressively “green” lens.
Here are some ways Lollapalooza strives to minimize its environmental impact and ways Lollapalooza fans can help us reach these goals: