Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Atlanta Jazz Festival Receives the Coveted 2009 Greener Festival Awards

The City of Atlanta is delighted to announce that the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a winner of the 2009 Greener Festival Award.

The Greener Award is based on a 56 point checklist which covers green office policies, energy use and carbon reduction, travel and transportation, support for green initiatives, waste management, recycling, water use and environmental protection and noise pollution. The award organizers have a team of environmental auditors who visit festivals to assess environmental good practice and effective green policies.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Go Green initiative represented an ongoing commitment to sustainability in recycling, transportation and event administration. The festival had a comprehensive and cohesive waste management and recycling program, a biodiesel recycling plan for waste vegetable oil from concessions, encouraged walking, bikes and public transportation and promoted car pools and ride share on the ‘Clean Air Campaign’ website.

“We are delighted that the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the City of Atlanta is being recognized worldwide for their sensitivity to the environment. Environmental sustainability is critical in making Atlanta a “best in class” city. -Mayor Shirley Franklin

In America, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Bonnaroo Festival were both praised by the award organizers for coherent and effective environmental best practices.

“The Atlanta Jazz Festival has always been conscious of the environment, which in itself is a significant part of the Atlanta cultural landscape and heritage. I commend our sponsors, staff, volunteers and most importantly, our loyal Atlanta Jazz Festival audience for supporting our efforts and helping to make this festival one of the greenest festivals in the world.” - Camille Russell Love
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