Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sustainable Festivation at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest

Announcing the GRAND PRIZE winner of the Campsite Challenge!

It was another successful weekend promoting sustainable festivation with our good friends at Planet Bluegrass. Planet Bluegrass is 'committed to producing the finest musical experiences in exquisite natural venues in the most sustainable manner possible', and the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest in Lyons, CO was no exception. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics joined these Green efforts by facilitating the annual How Green Is Your Grass? Campsite Challenge, which strives to minimize festival impacts that occur in the campgrounds. By following the guidelines in the Leave No Trace Campers Guide, and implementing their own ways of being conscious to minimize their impact at their campsite, festivarian campers were given the chance to enter the Campsite Challenge to win FESTIVAL and CAMPING passes for 2012!

The following campsites were both staff selected, and randomly selected for their sustainable efforts, and deserve a shout out!

Day 1 Finalists:
Phelps & Phamily
Fritsch Family Fun

Day 2 Finalists:
Thompson Family Circus
Camp Ultimate Winner

Day 3 Finalists:
The Drummer's Den
Camp One in the Oven

The GRAND PRIZE winner, selected by Planet Bluegrass, and rewarded for their exemplary Leave No Trace campsite with 2012 Festival and Camping passes is:


This camp not only separated their trash, recycling, and compost, but also carpooled to the festival, repurposed milk jug ice packs as dishwater, minimized ground impacts by laying a tarp in the kitchen area, and respected their neighbors by keeping things tidy.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner! Remember, the first principle of Leave No Trace is Plan Ahead and Prepare, and I encourage ALL of you to start thinking now about what you could do for next year's festival season to festivate in a more sustainable way.

See you next summer!

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