The green scene at Austin City Limits
ACL offers fans ways to go green, while giving out prizes for doing so.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 4:41 PM
With an attendance of over 190,000 last year alone, the Austin City Limits Festival is expecting even more music lovers from across the globe this October 2-4 at Zilker Park.
The festival, which started in 2002, features music from mainstream artists, artists from around the world and of course Austin's own loveable locals. It has definitely become one of the hotspot music stops around the nation.
Big name acts this year include Kings of Leon, John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, Mos Def, Citizen Cope, Girl Talk, Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys and Ben Harper, to name a few.
And with all of the hype for the festival, ACL is boosting green efforts as well, including its "Rock and Recycle" program.
Here are some ways the festival is continuing to go green this year:
1. Green Mountain Energy helped keep the festival area 100 percent carbon neutral. (Which means a net zero carbon footprint.)
2. No styrofoam or plastic bags allowed in.
3. A Honda Eco Zone where attendees can check out the 2010 hybrid Insight technology. And if they spin the big wheel, they can win eco-conscious prizes.
4. Rock and Recycle: While promoting green initiatives, attendees have the chance to win a 2010 Honda Insight hybrid. In order to participate, you'd have to use the "green card" found in the ACL program and get the card stamped after doing "eco-mindful activities." These activities include getting a recycling bag at any Rock and Recycle center and filling it up with recycables, riding the ACL free shuttle, riding your bike and refilling your water bottle for free at any of the ACL water stations.
5. Schlumpy, an eight-foot rolling ball of plastic bags will be there to see, along with a chance to take the Billion Bag Pledge, which is a pledge to use fewer plastic bags.
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