Sustainability Considerations for Music & Arts Festivals in the United States.
Abstract: This thesis looks at sustainability considerations of music and arts
festivals in the United States. While the impact that any festival makes is highly
influenced by its size, every festival has some sort of impact on both the local and global
environment. Festivals are intrinsically transitory communities that need to meticulously
plan and manage the ways in which they will function. ... read moreMore and more festivals in recent
years have begun to seriously consider their impacts on the environment and to accordingly
change the ways in which they operate. While it is virtually impossible to ensure that a
festival will be completely impact-free, there are methods in existence which can guarantee
that an event will be as low-impact as is realistically, feasibly, and monetarily possible.
While most US festivals are now taking steps toward sustainability, two particular
festivals are looked at in depth as case studies and examples of current best practices:
The Burning Man Project (Burning Man) and Lightning in a Bottle (LIB). All of the various
planning efforts that run almost parallel to each other and eventually converge come
festival time can all be boiled down to just two areas of environmental impact: emissions
and resource use. When broken down further, sustainability for festivals can be broken down
into five distinct categories: transport of goods and people, power generation, resource
and product use and purchasing, waste and sanitation, and water management. All five of
these categories are explained and analyzed, and strategies to minimize their impacts are
examined. None of these categories are complete at the current time, as all will likely see
significant improvements and advances in the coming years.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Sheldon Krimsky.
Committee: Julian Agyeman.
Keywords: Sustainability, Environmental management, and Alternative Energy.read less