Wakarusa Festival more environmentally friendly

The Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival had 12,000 concertgoers per day, but that didn’t stop volunteers from carrying out their mission to make it more environmentally friendly.

There were 120 people that worked during the course of the festival, June 7-10, to promote sustainability projects. According to the Students for Environmental Action, 16,000 pounds of waste was diverted from the landfill through recycling, which was 8,800 more pounds than last year.

Event organizers also used B20 biodiesel to run generators, and held an Environmental Sustainability Symposium to educate people.

The festival, which was able to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions by purchasing green tags, will continue to develop these plans for the 2008 show. The goal is to not leave an environmental footprint behind.