LIB is a Leader in the Green Festival Movement.
From Day 1 we have been leading the green festival standard by introducing innovative policies such as
• free filtered water
• creating stages and art from rapidly renewable and reused materials, such as bamboo, rattan, and trash
These policies have been adopted worldwide alongside our organic stages and art, which is featured at festivals across the globe.
Through our purchasing choices, green vendor policies, waste management standards, and renewable energy supplier sourcing, we are constantly striving to push the industry standard a step forward.
Since 2007 we have published the Green Report as a guide for industry professionals and academics to learn from our successes and failures, and communicate a collaborative effort in the green festival movement.
LIB Wins Greenest Festival in America, 2010 & 2011 and we can now proudly add 2012.
LIB is the only US festival to win the Outstanding Award from A Greener Festival, 3 years in a row!
Our Festival Works to Ensure High Environmental Standards in the Following Areas:
- Materials Use
- Waste Management
- Energy Management
- Supporting Local Environmental Causes
- Eco Art
- Community Development
At LIB, we want to change lives. We want people to not only be inspired at the festival, but to leave and make a big difference at home in their communities.
Our environmental lineup of workshops focuses on easy, low cost, do-it-yourself (DIY) ways that people can lower resource use, driving, purchasing, packaging, and learn to grow their own food and make their own resources. We’re making it fun, easy and sensible so you can try it all at home!
Our workshops are not just about learning from the facilitator, they are an important venue for bringing together community to connect and discuss new solutions with one another. LIB is known for being an important community meeting point for starting new projects and revitalizing current ones with new inspirations.
LIB also places a large emphasis on our children, the future leaders of the planet. Please see our workshop page for our wide range of educational initiatives, for people of all types.
Step 1: Reduce
LIB reduces as much energy use as possible through energy management initiatives. These include investing in LED stage lighting as much as possible, and using compact fluorescent bulbs in all other areas. Where possible, we also use solar lights.
Step 2: Renewable Energies
After reducing energy use, we maximize as much renewable energy fuel sources as possible. This includes biodiesel and solar. Biodiesel runs our light towers, generators, camping shuttles, and crew vehicles.
We will have a solar cell phone recharging station for attendees to use.
Step 3: Net Zero Energy Through Carbon Offsets
Any energy use we cannot eliminate, we offset through certified carbon offsets. We carefully select the projects we contribute to in when offsetting our emissions, looking for projects that are as local as possible, and verified by the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to ensure reductions are accurately measured and the project is sustainably managed.
This year our offsets are going to the Garcia River Forest Project, which is in the coastal mountain range of Mendocino County, a very important bioregion to California. 24,000 acres of under-stocked tract of coastal forest will be returned to an ecologically and economically viable state through conservation-based forest management.
The project will absorb and store carbon emissions by ensuring high forest growth rates and the development of larger, denser composition of redwood and douglas fir. Through forest management the habitat, which also includes Coho and Steelhead Salmon, will be restored and protected.
Free Water Initiative
Since 2006 we have been giving away free water and are happy to see other festivals around the world pick up on that trend.
Zero waste, zero shipping, zero cost, good for the health.
We will again be providing free water this year: purchase an LIB water bottle, or bring your own bottle. Water filters at water stations improve taste and remove any VOCs, sediments, and chlorine.
Plastic bottles will NOT be available for sale. We also ask that you please not bring them.
Additional Water Initiatives:
• An on site Environmental Impact Assessment report is performed to ensure our activities do not negatively impact the ground water at Lake Skinner
• Signage educates attendees of the benefits of low-flow toilets and water and shower taps
• Bathroom faucets are adjusted to low flow settings
• Greywater from showers is used to control air pollution by spraying it on the grounds dust
LIB is audited every year on its environmental performance. We perform this audit to track, measure and evaluate our growth and performance, not only to ensure we’re upholding our Mission, but also to continue to set and raise the standards for Green festivals everywhere.
LIB was also evaluated by A Greener Festival in 2011 and 2010, and due to the initiatives outlined in our Green Report, was the only festival in the United States to win the Outstanding Award. This makes us the Greenest Festival in America!
Check out the AGF announcement here.
Download the 2011 Green Report here.
Do ArT Foundation
Engages the public to DO ART through interaction and education. Do ArT’s flagship initiative is Lightning In a Paintcan.
Pairs Amazon musicians with electronic producers from around the world in an effort to raise awareness and funds for rainforest preservation.
Ensures the survival of indigenous communities and environmental resources of the Amazon through the use of media and communications technology to convey humanitarian needs, cultural presence, and organize grassroots action.
Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation
Lightning in a Bottle is donating a portion of this year’s proceeds to the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation’s “No Child Left Inside” Environmental Education programs. Located on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Temecula County, the Foundation’s mission is closely aligned with LIB, “To inspire and motivate children to learn and care about the natural world”, each organization believing that with hard work and a spirit of positive community, the seeds of lasting, sustainable change can take place for our environment, natural places and the greater community. The Foundation’s educational, research, and preservation programs serve over 8,000 students from 10 local school districts who learn about the reserve’s five unique eco-systems, help with grassland, habitat restoration, and seed banking, and ultimately inspire future stewards of the land. For more info, visit www.srpf.org.
Why do people sometimes dress up like “Indians”?
There are some important things to think about when tossing on that war bonnet…
- Do you know which tribe uses that headdress and for what?
- Did the person who sold it have permission to recreate and profit from it?
- Is it a plastic one made to imitate a standardized stereotype of headdress?
- Do oyu feel you are simply borrowing from a culture’s style because you think it’s awesome or that it’s a harmless case of flattery?
- If a Native person sees you in an Indian headdress, will you feel awkward?
- Would you rock a blackface or a swastika at a party? How is this different?
Taking off the headdress is about respecting the realities faced by Native Peoples today.
Native peoples are still here, fighting for basic human & religious rights, and for respect. But because the majority of society learns about Native cultures in textbooks, cartoons, and movies, the realities they face and even their existence remains invisible. At Halloween, “Indian costumes” are sold alongside Spiderman, mermaids, and fictional characters. Many of us grew up playing cowboys and indians or watching sports that have indian mascots. These experiences support the entitlement of non-native people to reenact our storybook versions of exotic, romanticized stereotypes (noble savage, warriors, pristine environmentalists, shamans or magic indians). It is a kind of American Indian image painted by white oppressors. So sporting that headdress means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism, perpetuating stereotypes that native people have been fighting against for just as long.
A Note on Spiritual Practice…
In pretty much every corner of the Earth, our own ancestors faced oppression against spiritual knowledge, as our tribal communities and the earth worshipping traditions assimilated to the dominant cultural. Many came to America to escape religious oppression. We are all indigenous to the Earth.
However, some of us have more privileges: race, class, gender, sexual orientation, being able-bodied, etc. These privileges affect peoples’ access to power & resources that affect our livelihoods. Before thinking that America is a melting pot, visualize a tossed salad of heritage and tradition. We need to come together. But before we can just do that, we’ve got some work to do.
We do not need to take on the earth-based spirituality of Native peoples to fulfill our feeling of cultural & spiritual lack. A growing number of us are looking to our own roots and inside ourselves to recover and remember the ancient earth-based knowledge and spiritual wisdom of each of our ancestors. Now can mark a beginning journey of consciously deepening our understanding and honoring our ancestors traditions.
Beyond the indian Headdress
Wanna really pay tribute to Native people? Connect with 500+ years of Indigenous people’s resistance.
The world’s last remaining resources and pristine areas are also where indigenous communities live and are bering targeted for the last dregs of ‘resources’. Indigenous communities, by fighting to protect their traditional ways & resisting further assaults on on their ancestral homelands & soverignty are leading the struggle to protect Mother Earth.
Victory in reclaiming the earth will require a broad movement that can help bridge cultures, issues, and nations. It is more critical now than ever to support these front-line communities as they protect their homelands from desecration! As we recognize connections among our various issues, a new kind of movement can emerge, one that is larger, deeper and more powerful than anything we have seen yet. Indigenous peoples’ voices and experiences are essential and central to our collective survival amongst global environment, ecological, and political catastrophes. Their win is our win. By learning about how to be an ally to these leaders we can help create the space for the massive changes that we all long for…