Black Rock City Yellow Bike Project – Burning Man

There’s a thriving bike culture at Burning Man sponsored by Black Rock City’s Department of Public Works, which maintains the Yellow Bike Project, providing bikes for participants to use. They also operate a lost and found for bikes that have been misplaced during the event. So, how do you move 47 000 people around a city where driving is prohibited? The answer is bicycles, bicycles and more bicycles! Black Rock City’s Yellow Bike Project was launched in 2006, and has been growing each year. The Yellow Bikes are community property at Burning Man, and are designated to be shared within the community and available for all to enjoy. Gifting is part of the philosophy of the event and in 2007 the programme got an unexpected major kick in the pants when an anonymous donor gifted 1000 bikes to the Yellow Bike Project. The shipment of unassembled bikes hit Black Rock Station just a couple of weeks before the event. After a mammoth assembly operation, the bikes were transported to Black Rock City by truck, except the last load, which came via a pedal-powered armada of bike enthusiasts riding from the Burning Man ranch to the playa on an historical ride that’s now repeated each year. Like all new programmes in Black Rock City, it takes a couple of years to educate everyone about community bike etiquette. Bike volunteers inspected parked bikes to ensure that community bikes were not being locked or hoarded. Bolt cutters helped educate a couple of participants that community bikes are owned by, well, the community. About 80% of the Yellow Bikes were recovered after the event,...

KIVA

Kiva is non-profit organisation with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. You make a loan on Kiva. The borrower meets with the Field Partner and requests a loan. The Field Partner uploads the loan request to Kiva, it’s reviewed by a team of volunteer editors and translators and then published on Kiva.org. Kiva lenders fund the loan request, and Kiva sends the funds to the Field Partner. The borrower makes repayments. The Field Partner sends funds owed to Kiva. Kiva repays lenders. The lenders can make another loan, donate to Kiva, or withdraw the money to their PayPal account. 70% of all lenders choose to make another loan!...

Festival Wood

Giving something back. The Festival Wood is a wild forest regeneration initiative from A Greener Festival. Rather than a carbon offset scheme the project is an opportunity for the festival community to help protect, restore and nurture the great outdoors that we so love to enjoy. Trees for life were selected to collaborate on the initiative due to their outstanding commitment to conserving and restoring the wild forests of the Scottish Highlands. The Festival Woods are beginning in Dundreggan on 10 000 acres of wild land near Loch Ness with a focus on native species grown from locally sourced seeds. The vision is to see the Festival Wood become Festival Forest, a protected, flourishing forest rich with biodiversity. The whole Festival community from festival-goers and artists to suppliers are asked to donate a tree to enable this ongoing restoration....

Loving AGF’s Festival Wood

The Festival Wood is wild forest regeneration initiative from A Greener Festival. It is not an offset scheme. The Festival Woods is an opportunity for the festival community to give something back to the great outdoors that we love to enjoy. A festival legacy that will grow and grow. A Greener Festival chose to team with Trees for Life to create the Festival Wood, due to their proven and outstanding commitment to restoring, protecting and nurturing the wild forests in the Scottish Highlands. “Trees for Life’s vision is to restore a wild forest, which is there for its own sake, as a home for wildlife and to fulfill the ecological functions necessary for the wellbeing of the land itself.” Trees are planted in natural distribution patterns at sites that offer maximum benefits for biodiversity. Trees for Life’s focus is on native species grown from locally collected seed, including Scots pine, willow, rowan, birch, hazel, alder, holly, aspen and bird cherry. The Festival Woods are beginning in Dundreggan, an area of 10,000 acres of wild land near Loch Ness. We invite festivals, festival-goers, artists, suppliers and the whole festival community to get involved and donate trees, at £5 each, to this lasting positive restoration. We hope to one day see the Festival Woods flourish to become a diverse Festival Forest, rich with biodiversity and protected wilderness. The first 300 trees are donated by our friends and coach travelers with Big Green Coach, the team at A Greener Festival and a wonderful 100 tree donation in loving memory of Aidan ‘Tig’ Challis. Visit and Volunteer Dundreggan has a visitor area so...

Great CSR partner – KIVA

Kiva is non-profit organisation with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. You make a loan on Kiva. The borrower meets with the Field Partner and requests a loan. The Field Partner uploads the loan request to Kiva, it’s reviewed by a team of volunteer editors and translators and then published on Kiva.org. Kiva lenders fund the loan request, and Kiva sends the funds to the Field Partner. The borrower makes repayments. The Field Partner sends funds owed to Kiva. Kiva repays lenders. The lenders can make another loan, donate to Kiva, or withdraw the money to their PayPal account. 70% of all lenders choose to make another loan!...

Weatherization Programme @ Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival continues its long-standing commitment to the environment and community it calls home, Coffee Country, through a programme to help low income homes reduce their power consumption and power bills, simultaneously reducing GHGs, in the USA called a ‘weatherization program’ in the USA. The provides free energy retrofits to 100 low-income residents, including the installation of energy-efficient light bulbs and low flow shower heads and the education of residents about energy conservation. The programme is expected to save participating families an average of 20 percent on their utility bills, and provide long-term verifiable carbon offsets for Bonnaroo. Those will be tracked over a three-year period. Bonnaroo already invests in verified offset green programmes and initiatives elsewhere, however this project offers a chance to give back to the community in which the event is held, while simultaneously offsetting the event’s GHG. We Are Neutral, the project partner, recruits and trains local volunteers, identifies low-income housing complexes, provides energy audits for chosen complexes, coordinates residential retrofits, and tracks carbon reductions from retrofits. The offsetting company is also onsite at the festival, operating the Carbon Shredders booth, which works with patrons to reduce their carbon footprints at home. This project, along with Bonnaroo’s other greening initiatives, are a great complement to the festival’s commitment to social responsibility. Bonnaroo’s charitable arm, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), was seeded by the festival, and today, $1 out of every ticket sold is diverted to the BWF for programmes invested in the arts, education, and environmental sustainability with special emphasis on local re-investment and asset building in the Bonnaroo communities. Through BWF,...

Great CSR Partner – Sawyer Saves

One example that I’d love to see get support is the Sawyers Savers Water Filtration programme. They are seeking to work directly with event planners to leverage good PR for very real and immediate outcomes for people in nations that suffer from a lack of access to clean drinking water. Here’s how it works. Prior to your event, the Sawyer Savers teams distribute clean water systems to families in need, made possible by a monetary donation from your event. The clean water teams distribute the filters to families and conduct training on sanitation practices and filter maintenance. The team will take a photo of the families with their new filters, which will be made available to the donating event in time to include the image in slide shows or promotions at the event. Your organisation will be added to an online map that outlines organisations that have made donations and connects them on the map to the locations and people that their donation has helped. For example $800 is enough to provide filters for ten families in Haiti or Tanzania Africa. sawyersaves.com...

Great CSR Partner: TERI Light a Billion Lives

TERI’s Light a Billion Lives campaign is a great example. They provide a solar charging station for villages, and lamps for all the homes. Each solar lantern in its life of ten years replaces about 500 – 600 litres of kerosene, mitigating about 1.5 tonnes of CO2. labl.teriin.org. A wonderful application of solar is for portable lighting. These mainly replace kerosene lamps in uses such as for street hawker stalls, solar head torches for midwives and agricultural workers, and allowing work after dark for migrant workers who live in temporary shanty accommodation and have no access to electricity....