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.