A year ago this summer, Nevada City announced its goal of switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The city is at work on its mission, and at WorldFest we recognize valuable lessons in the way the community has come together to support this goal.
Switching to renewable energy will involve many challenges, and community support is essential for success. Driving this change in Nevada City is a community group called the 100% Renewables Committee, which meets regularly to help the city move forward. The committee is dedicated to building “community interest, engagement and support for the City’s transition to renewable electricity sources,” said Don Rivenes, the committee’s Chair.
When communities promise to make the switch, others follow, and Nevada City is joined in its commitment by nearby Truckee and South Lake Tahoe. Public participation and support is essential in keeping up momentum for big projects like this and bringing other cities along for the ride. That’s why community initiatives like the 100% Renewables Committee are so important.
What can we at WorldFest learn from the committee’s example?
Well, lots! But there’s one big-picture lesson that we’re really excited about, and that’s the power of many different groups working together, from grassroots organizations to city governments to neighborhoods—and, of course, music festivals!
Last week, we shared WorldFest Sustainability Mission #1: End Single Use. (Remember, bring your reusable container to WorldFest to refill at our hydration stations, as there will be no single-use containers available!) This week, we are proud to announce our second sustainability mission. Are you ready to work together for a green future? Read on to learn how you can help!
WorldFest Sustainability Mission #2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–and Compost!
All WorldFest vendors are committed to providing compostable or recyclable dining materials. That said, we need your help in sorting everything properly so we can prevent waste!
Here are some easy steps to help you keep the three Rs–plus compost!–in mind while attending WorldFest:
Before you accept a disposable object, ask yourself whether you really need it. With a little creativity, you might be able to avoid creating trash.
When you do have a piece of trash you need to toss, instead of throwing it in the nearest can, first ask yourself: Can I reuse this? If not, can I recycle or compost it? Come to any one of the four sorting stations onsite and ask a volunteer if you’re not sure where something goes, or check out the handy signage near most every can or receptacle onsite!
RECYCLING guidelines can sometimes be confusing. Here’s what you can recycle at WorldFest:
-PET #1 and PET #2 Plastics ONLY! (any other number is landfill!)
-Clean paper bags, clean paper, and cardboard
-Empty aluminum cans, containers, and clean foil
-Empty glass bottles and jars
-Empty plastic containers
And, yes, at WorldFest we do COMPOST! Here’s what can go in our compost bins:
-All food scraps (including meat and bones)
-Coffee grounds and filters
-Napkins and paper products WITHOUT wax coating
-Popsicle sticks (who knew?)
Remember, if you can reuse or compost it, awesome. If you can recycle it, cool. But what about landfill? The following items are doomed to spend eternity in a hole in the ground, so we hope to keep them far away from WorldFest as much as possible – and we’ll keep getting better every year with your help!
-Disposable utensils (These can sometimes be the most confusing! Skip the wondering altogether and check out our Merch Booth to pick up your own personal reusable utensils!)
-Chip bags and plastic bags
-Food-soiled paper (This can also be one of the toughest to avoid, but you can always stop by Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley to pick up some reusable camping dishware before you get onsite and come prepared! They have tons of options to choose from, and are a wonderful local community partner of The Center For The Arts and California WorldFest!)
We’re honored to have so many resources available to us at WorldFest this year to help us keep the waste generated by the event as minimal as possible and be more conscious of our individual personal responsibilities to reduce and dispose of our own waste as well as protect and honor the gorgeous land our event takes place on each year.
We can all learn from and support each other in these efforts, and we appreciate your help as we continue to expand our Sustainability practices as a whole!
Want to learn more about Greening, Sustainability, Waste Reduction, or Permaculture? Stay tuned for an overview of the incredible sustainability and permaculture workshops taking place at WorldFest this year!
NOTE: Two of our sponsors are California Solar Electric Company (providing a solar-powered charging station at the festival) and BriarPatch Food Co-op, who is a GREAT local champion of sustainability, sourcing produce from local, organic farms, and educating people about limiting their reliance on single-use plastics. In 2016, BriarPatch teamed up with California Solar Electric Company to build a parking lot solar structure — some numbers on their energy savings are on their website: http://www.briarpatch.coop/know-briarpatch/solar-parking-structure/ (there might be more info on their website, but I think this is the most concise). It would be awesome to figure out a way to call out their sustainability efforts, especially since they donated towards the festival!
^^ Great info, Suzanne! Kristin, what do you think about an article about the above, emphasizing these organizations’ partnership with WorldFest? Perhaps closer to the festival date, to bring people’s attention back around to sustainability?