Power up your Event with Green Energy Ideas

The planet also feels the impact from resource exploration, development and emissions. Green power solutions for events have become an innovative way to earn sponsorship and reduce costs and footprint while having fun. Check out these ideas to jump-start your green-powered event plan. What’s the goal? Before powering up your green energy plan, consider what your goals are. Possibilities might include: 1. Reduction: in energy use, carbon emissions and cost 2. Efficiency: by preventing wasted energy and cost 3. Innovation: in showcasing unique energy solutions that can enhance the event experience and leave a legacy 4. Engagement: of attendees in adopting green energy choices 5. Accountability: for those energy-related impacts we can’t avoid through offsetting Honing in on what you most want to achieve will ensure you get the green power results you’re looking for. Most importantly, it will help target the kind of experience that is appropriate for attendees, whether that is a “we take care of it” back of house approach, or a public-facing green power program. Read more Source:...

Sochi Olympic Winter Games Went Carbon Neutral

With the Sochi Olympic Winter Games upon us, athletes and fans around the world are now captivated with one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Nations have proudly united under their national banners, with a good spirit of global competition and sportsmanship running high. However, much of what has garnered the media’s attention so far for these games has left the global audience wondering about what will be the true impact of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. While these issues will no doubt continue to be debated throughout and after the games as we reflect on Sochi, there is naturally a number of positives to examine with regards to any Olympics, such as the glory of global athletes, and even added excitement from local businesses and communities seeing a massive influx of spectators and media that is sure to spark commerce and leave a taste of the host country scattered across the world. As the official carbon partner of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, we at Dow strategized on how we could address a tangible and meaningful target related to the sustainability of the games, which led to the creation of a truly groundbreaking initiative — the Sustainable Future program. This unique program is designed to mitigate the direct carbon emissions of the games and also to introduce more sustainable business practices in key industries for Russia. Now, we are proud to say that we have helped the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games become the first Olympic Games in history to mitigate the entire direct carbon footprint of its Organizing Committee prior to the opening ceremony. As of...

Electricology at Electric Forest: How They Raised The Bar To Clean And Sustainable Music Festivals

When large crowds gather, especially at our beloved music festivals, it becomes prevalent that when it comes to garbage and sustainability, the general population banks on the fact that someone else will – either because they volunteered, or because it’s their job – come after us and clean up any mess left behind. There is a common mindset that plagues general perceptions of trash, although many individuals play their part in the reduce, reuse, and recycle, and should not be generally lumped in with those who don’t, somewhere it has been instilled in us that someone else will do the clean-up. Unseen by many, the aftermath of a music festival can be shocking. Some have even gone as far as calling these festivals “environmental disasters.” The perceptions of how these gatherings are impacting the environment – let alone the behaviors of many attendees when it comes to waste management – have sparked the creation of many green/eco initiative programs at several music festivals, including Electric Forest’s Electricology program. Electricology is the science of waste reduction through the use of sustainable products, composting, recycling, and most importantly, your participation. With the collaborative efforts of Electric Forest, The High Five Program, Gemini Production Solutions, The Sweaty Mouse and Zero Hero, Electric Forest’s sustainability efforts touch all aspects of the production and work towards significantly reducing the festival’s carbon footprint. In meeting attendees halfway and providing some incentive to help with the cleanup, the Electricology program uses “EcoPoints” to reward participants for their green actions. The concept is simple: (1) Recycle by bringing your recycling and trash to designated EcoZones throughout the...

Powerline Starts To Carbon Offset Business And Power Usage At Events

The Powerline has launched an initiative that will see it carbon offset power usage at its clients’ events. ACP Productions was the first to be awarded a carbon offset certificate in Gateshead last week for its work on the three-day CBBC Live event. The Powerline worked with ACP Productions and the BBC and provided a twin-set generator to power the main stage and outside broadcast units and a small road tow generator for non-broadcast elements. Ben Ousby, project leader at The Powerline, presented Scott “Scottie” McKean, project director at ACP Productions, with the certificate confirming that the event’s power has been offset through an internationally recognised scheme, ISO 4001. This move is one of the first steps of a three-year mission, which will see Powerline become a carbon neutral company by 2016. In year one, it has committed to offset all carbon emissions created from the burning of all diesel purchased, which will account for 95 per cent of its projects and all Powerline vehicles. In 2015, it plans to offset all emissions from all generator usage. So not only will Powerline offset its own fuel but also that of fuel supplied by clients. In 2016, Powerline plans to offset all carbon emissions generated by any aspect of the day to day running of the business, including the commuting of all Powerline staff. Jim Creed, managing director of The Powerline, said: “My reluctance on the grounds of compromising integrity to follow the eco trail has led to my team finding a genuine, realistic and viable answer to the green question. We have been seeking a wide range of sustainable...

A Greener, Solar-Powered Music Festival Made Possible

It’s cost effective in the long term, and you can feel a little better about what you produce if you’re not creating loads of waste. Imagine, for a change, a festival that is truly eco-friendly, and not just cosmetically “green.” How many manage to properly balance the hordes of revelers with ecological awareness? Ticket sales are obviously the overriding concern, not the environment. Enter Destination Moon, a New York City-based arts and music festival hoping to change the festival dialogue around ecological sustainability. By the usual measures of music festival-dom, Destination Moon is young, small, and scrappy. Throughout the year, the team throws a variety of music and art parties to “keep folks tuned in.” This is only their second year staging the festival at Hostelling International’s secluded back garden area, but co-founder Walker Esner calls it the beta test for a bigger weekend-long, solar-powered festival that they plan to hold in upstate New York next year. The decision to create Destination Moon came after years of frequenting big summer festivals, where the trio saw an incredible amount of waste and energy misuse. Esner said they’re “big advocates” of festivals, so they began plotting their own, trying to reduce their carbon footprint in the process. This post was produced from this story:...

Energy Saving Light Towers For Gigs And Festivals

Now event organisers have been told one way to cut their fuel use is to choose energy efficient towers for their rock gigs and festivals. Anyone who’s picked their way through a field full of tents after a music festival knows how tricky campsites can be in the dark. But temporary lighting at festivals can be wasteful, powered by inefficient diesel or petrol generators. The European Festivals Association has in the past issued a guide about going green and festivals like Shambala Music Festival in Northamptonshire have led the way with recycling. Ross Dryden, Ecolite Product Manager at Youngman Group said: “As round the clock festivals start across the UK, now is the time to be factoring in the most cost effective and environmentally sustainable lighting towers for events that may be limited by daylight hours.” He claimed some energy saving lights can dramatically cut running costs and carbon footprint by up to 80% compared to standard lighting towers. www.tcp.eu.com This post was produced from this story:...

Sunflower Solar Rig by SCU

By Dr Barry Hill, creator of SCU’s Sunflower solar rig and support of the ‘HiRay’ project at Vivid Sydney. The HiRay project at Vivid has been a great project for the Sunflower and for the research team at Southern Cross University Contemporary music. I really couldn’t believe it when Alexie from Pollinate introduced me to the project and asked if the Sunflower could be part of it. Call it Synergy but I was hoping to connect with people doing exactly this sort of project and here they were. Setting up an amazing sculpture for Vivid that needed some solar power! It is a project that relates strongly to the original goals of the Sunflower Project here at SCU to showcase how creative arts projects can help showcase the capabilities of renewable energy and educating people about the need to consider how we use energy and how we can use it better. What do music and audio technology have to do with solar power? Many people have asked why our Sunflower solar generator is a project developed by artists musicians and music techs and not engineers? What do music and audio technology have to do with solar power? Well as a musician I have performed at many music festivals around Australia and overseas; sometimes in locations where there is no power available. The soundscape of festivals in these sometimes pristine natural landscapes is dominated by the sounds of diesel and petrol generators that distract from the music as well as polluting the environment and stopping you from getting any sleep! We are now able to run music festival stages entirely from solar power. As a researcher and University educator specializing in new...

Bicycle Music Festival

The Bicycle Music Festival is the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world. The free, all-day (and into the night) event takes place annually in San Francisco, California on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. The Bicycle Music Festival features: a 14 000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, multiple festival stops, outrageous Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks. With its completely bike-haulable stage, the event is packed up and deployed numerous times: staged sequentially at different public parks and also on a moving Live On Bike stage which rolls down city streets....

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lighting Towers

TCP Ecolite, produced by the Youngman Group, are the world’s first low-energy LED hydrogen fuel cell powered lighting towers. The towers are noiseless and their only exhaust emission is water vapour. The Hymera fuel cell produces energy by combining hydrogen with oxygen from the air to form electricity and water. There are no carbon or particulate emissions and as a result the process is virtually silent which is important for work at night or in built-up areas. This is the first time fuel cells have been integrated into a low energy, low voltage LED system and using only 150W of energy. Using Ecolite lowers can reduce running costs and GHG emissions but up to 80% over traditional diesel fuelled 1000 W lighting towers....

Mr Energy – Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic wanted to have a people powered dance tent, and in 2012 they got their wish. Electric Ireland was the official energy partner of the Festival 2012. They set up ‘Dancergy’ which included sixty four Sustainable Dance Floor modules. To get most energy out of the huge dance floor, Mr. Motivator was hired to heat up the crowd with a grooving fitness programme. Daily retro dancing sessions for the festival goers contributed to the Electric Picnic energy requirements of the festival....

YouPower

YouPower is the UK’s first renewable energy power generation and management system designed for the business event markets. Created by Pebble Productions, this clean-tech system is a hybrid of solar and kinetic technologies. The adapted green energy gym equipment includes recumbent and hand bike generators, together with a portfolio of fun adult playground rides. As delegates use these, their energy is transformed into electricity, which is then stored in batteries and used to power the audio-visual equipment at their conferences and meetings. The event attendee’s energy is transformed into electricity, which is stored in batteries and then this 100% renewable energy generated is used to power the audio-visual equipment at conferences and meetings. Delegates can go head to head in energy challenges, participate in individual or group time trials, or simply work as a team to generate an agreed overall event kWh target. This fully mobile system is designed to promote well-being and encourage a collaborative work ethic through gentle exercise and collective power generation challenges. The Kinetrics products are linked to a software display system, which can be customized with client or venue branding. The display screens provides real time feedback on the power generated, both individually and as a cumulative session total. Reports on the event’s power consumption are logged and a breakdown of the system’s output is also provided....

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Solar Array

In a groundbreaking effort to actively reduce its energy consumption, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has installed the USA’s first permanent solar array for a major music festival. The 50 kW solar photovoltaic, system supports 20% of the festival’s energy needs. The solar project was fully funded by ‘opt-in’ contributions that fans selected during the ticket buying process. In 2012 to generate guaranteed resources, a US$1 fee was added to every ticket sold to enable the financing for the wonderful additional green initiatives at the event. Bonnaroo fans can take full credit for helping the event to expand its environmental commitment. Past dollars have been used to fund the compost pad, the garden, and the ‘Mobile Tower of Power’. The solar system installed at the permanent event site, is comprised of 196 American-made SolarWorld solar panels along with micro-inverters and related components mounted to the roof of a metal structure in the festival’s back stage area. It generates more than 61 000 kWh per year. As a certified participant in the local power authority’s Green Power Provider Program, Bonnaroo sells the energy produced by the solar system back to the local utility distribution...

Energy Floors

Electric Picnic wanted to have a people powered dance tent, and in 2012 they got their wish. Electric Ireland was the official energy partner of the Festival 2012. They set up ‘Dancergy’ which included sixty four Sustainable Dance Floor modules. To get most energy out of the huge dance floor, Mr. Motivator was hired to heat up the crowd with a grooving fitness programme. Daily retro dancing sessions for the festival goers contributed to the Electric Picnic energy requirements of the festival. Romande Energie, a Swiss power supplier, wanted to realize a festival booth on The Paléo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Family Déco, together with the communication agency Parenthèse came up with a game-concept about generating as much energy possible by dancing within 2.30 minutes in a customised MiniClub along with image uploads online. Entering the tent, the visitors found a number of headphones, each playing a different song, and off they went dancing! The DJ booth was in front of a large screen with a digital energy meter....

Firefly Kinetrics – YouPower Playground

Firefly Solar has been on the leading edge of innovate energy solutions for events in the UK for a number of years. Initially just providing mobile solar power, their portfolio of solutions has expanded to include an entire playground on energy-creating entertainment. Their experiential people-powered playground hits the mark in many ways; providing energy for the event replacing fossil fuels and creating no GHGs; entertaining event attendees; demonstrating energy innovation; and educating attendees about renewable energy options. Unlocking the big kids within event attendees, their Kinetrics YouPower Playground harnesses the power of play while generating a useful supply of 12V electricity. TeedleGen: Based on the humble see-saw. HamGen: Formerly only available to our furry little friends, HamGen is an up-scaled, human-sized hamster wheel that allows the user to turn their footsteps into usable electrical power. WhirlyGen: Everyone loves the dizzying joy of a roundabout and the wonderful WhirlyGen is the roundabout generator that is certain to get event or experience guests in a right old spin....

Magnificent Revolution – Pedal Power

Magnificent Revolution (Mag Rev) has pedal power headquarters in London and Melbourne, with an ever-expanding network of side projects across Europe and Australia. Started in 2007 in Cambridge, UK, by a group of enthusiastic cyclists with an idea to create a drive-in cinema with bikes instead of cars. Magnificent Revolution pulls on the collective skills of educators, artists, event organisers, and engineers, and in 2011, a partner project started on the other side of the globe in Australia. Magnificent Revolution also run pedal power stages, educational workshops, art installations, and pedal powered smoothie stalls. With their strong emphasis on education through experience, Magnificent Revolution demonstrates that energy innovation can be better understood and accepted through creativity. By encouraging audiences to become an integral part of the performance, Magnificent Revolution presents pedal power as an interactive and tangible experience of sustainability for audiences young and old. Participants can feel directly the energy being consumed by the show, and need to work together to share the load. Mag Rev’s event’s production equipment is designed to be extremely energy efficiency, in order for the cyclists to directly power the show, often without the use of batteries. Generally, each cyclist produces 50 to 100 watts of energy, so an 8-bike system has about 400 watts continuous power with an 800 watt peak. This shows that even on an energy diet, we can still have a good time! The flow-on effects of pedal power are an event manager’s delight, providing much more that just green energy, but also having the potential to impact on transport, education and other sustainability indicators. Magnificent Revolution have designed...

Tollwood Festival

Since its very first festival in 1988, Tollwood Festival has embraced concern for environmental impacts into the event’s production. What began with the demonstration of a small solar cell has grown over the years into an essential and extremely effective part of the festival. In the early 90’s, Tollwood initiated an important innovation, contrary to accepted practice – that at festivals and similar events, food was only allowed to be served on disposables. Tollwood began serving food on porcelain, with a special dishwashing system set up by the organisers. It was this demonstration of what was possible, and a fantastic legacy to the industry in the region, which lead to the city of Munich requiring the Oktoberfest to serve food in reusable dishes too. Organic Catering From the beginning,Tollwood has also provided served food and drinks that are as ecologically as possible. Since 2003, their summer and winter Tollwood Festivals have been certified according to the EU Eco-Regulation.[i] Today, the dishes constist of close to 100% organic ingredients. Furthermore, each food vendor must provide at least one vegetarian main dish. In addition to the organic label, tea, coffee, wine, rice, sugar, chocolate, bananas and mangos carry a fair trade label. The project ‘Bio für Kinder’ (‘Organic for Children’) initiated at the beginning of 2006 together with the Department of Health and the Environment of the City of Munich has been one of Tollwood’s most successful campaigns. 31 sponsors from Munich’s business community helped to ensure that organic food is served at some 30 childcare institutions. As of today, close to 650 000 100% organic dishes have been served, with...

Eco Charge Live

Eco Charge Live is a UK-based event producer that specialise in innovative ways to harness human energy for live shows and event experiences. With the guiding motto that ‘fun is the ultimate way to inspire action,’ Eco Charge Live supply customised kinetic installations that convert audience movement into electricity. An exciting example is the Kinetic E Dancefloor.  This is a dance floor that harnesses the movement from dancing to charge mobile phones, power lighting installations and provide engaging competitions on who can create the most energy. At FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in 2012, Eco Charge Live installed the E Dancefloor for sponsor E.On Energy.  The ‘E.On Energy Fit Fans Stage’ invited football fans to show support for their team by generating as much energy as possible in 60 seconds on the kinetic dance floor. The energy generated by each team was stored in batteries and visually displayed on television screens to encourage competition. Participants were also informed on how much energy they had generated vs how much it takes to boil a kettle as well as other common energy usages, making it an educational exchange as well as entertaining. The team that made the most energy won £10,000 for their local community. Other kinetic event options from Eco Charge Live include human powered gaming, upcycled art installations and kinetic playground equipment.  By making their installations fun and engaging, Eco Change Live delivers sustainability messaging almost without the audience’s realising it....

Milkcrate Events – sustainable lighting

Milkcrate Events is an emerging event décor company based in Sydney, Australia. It’s business model aims to actively changing attitude’s towards waste by reusing it to make events beautiful. Milkcrate source waste and sustainably-produced materials to create unique event décor, including milk bottle festoon lighting and sculptures, bean bag seating and colorful bunting to add atmosphere to events. Their lighting installations use energy efficient LED technology. Milkcrate Events can also provide the production of energy for the event, through pedal or solar power. An ecological message is at the forefront of Milkcrate Events’s presence at their events and through demonstrating the beautiful potential of waste material, Milkcrate hope to inspire others to experiment with sustainable design. Milkcrate also hosts up-cycling and rubbish décor workshops at events to help audiences realise the potential repurposing of waste material. After all, sustainability requires a flip in the current consciousness from viewing resources as waste to seeing the next incantation of their life cycle....

Bonnaroo Weatherization Program

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,...

Book the Electric Hotel at your event

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL provides a practical charging service for mobile phones while simultaneously showing customers in various entertaining ways what electricity is all about. A recycled 1960 American Airstream trailer has been equipped with wind turbines, solar panels, a battery bank, lots of custom-build electronics, 400 charging bays, a hotel reception in Art-Deco-Style and very friendly staff. Most of the used components (except the staff and the hi-tech energy technology, but including the former-neon-now-LED-driven letters on the roof). Visitors can come to the reception with their discharged devices. Here, they need to fill in a check-in form, leaving their contact information. This is being transferred into software running on three check-in computers. Then, the right adapter for the device is being selected – clients do not need to bring their own, the reception has adapters for 95% of models in the market. The phone is being put into one of the 400 charging slots, which it has been assigned to by the software. The client gets a recollection coupon, and can walk away with the feeling that his device is being well catered for. And recollect a fully charged phone two hours later. The trailer is accompanied by several electricity-generating modules for personal use: the worlds first, one and only mobile water storage power plant, six meters high and containing 1.000 litres of water, which includes two firefighter-pumps dating from 1889 and 1902 a Generator-Bike, where one person has to peddle the power for up to 20 power-drawing phone chargers a power table with normal 230/110 Volts outlets, for visitors to plug-in their own adapters. Other equipment can be...