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I have been organizing festivals now for almost 20 years, from the biggest art in the world at the Burning Man festival in Nevada to the largest music festivals in the world including Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle. Since 2005 we have been working to "green" festivals by creating alt-energy solutions for mobile tech: solar grids, biofuel generators, portable wind solutions, composting EVERYTHING and working with local energy providers to include non-fossil-fuel alternatives.

The use of oil at most events is astounding: events often run on tons of generators running diesel, not to mention hundreds or thousands of people driving to the venue and idling in their cars trying to leave at the end. The waste is atrocious, so we have a complex approach to encourage celebrations without extra waste:

1) Produce your own energy: beyond kinetic art, generating dance floors and micro-solar installations for camps we also encourage active hackery for creating biofuel generators and DIY wind solutions, especially for desert conditions.

2) Grow your own food: the waste involved in transporting and packaging food is not necessary when you grow and prepare your own food straight from garden to kitchen. We cook it ahead of time & put it in a cooler with our cold beverages to last all weekend.

3) Compost everything: this allows any waste to return to the earth without extra ending up in landfills. We try not to buy anything with extra packaging and reuse everything we can.

4) Solar production trailers with energy storage solutions for sound/light/stage: It is very hard to generate enough power to run a large music stage but we have seen great progress with combining renewable resources like solar and wind with tesla coil plasma arts that activate LEDs wirelessly over a large field.

5) Buy nothing: The best festivals I have run and attended were not heavy on the vending...they allowed for people to connect with great artists and share their work without the expectation of buying goods that will pile up at home. I love being a part of theCORE because we grow things together rather than buy them from each other.

6) Carpool: Traveling together by bus & large vehicles allows us to waste less fuel while giving others a fun cooperative experience. We have been running the biobus tours for over 15 years.

This approach requires us to work together and communicate clearly with our neighbors so that we are all being very conscious about our energy use at every step of the way.

In a few weeks I will post photos from our latest creation, the solar crane at Coachella....but for now here's a photo of the stage we designed in our community: Lightning Temple

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Comment by Guy Gore on March 22, 2010 at 5:13am
Is that Tesla Pyramid part of your future plans for alt-fuel? lol
Comment by Evo on March 22, 2010 at 6:02am
The Lightning Temple project you see there is designed to be a stage that also powers remote lighting systems for up to 100m away from the main stage. Once the initial power startup is sparked there is little fuel used to run this large stage experience for music or dance. We have done many shows with these elements in the last two years and pioneered a handful of new innovations in this field.
Comment by Jane McGonigal on March 22, 2010 at 6:11am
So cool! Love this.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 22, 2010 at 6:18am
Awesome post Evo! Can't wait to dance on that stage...
Comment by Sylvain Ratelle on March 30, 2010 at 2:00am
Evo, Great picture, keep up the good work, still 6 more weeks,
Comment by Catrina Cuevas on April 7, 2010 at 10:09pm
I know so many people who attend Burning Man and will love to hear these ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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