Going Green at the Music City Festival & BBQ Championship
Over the last two years, the Music City Festival & BBQ Championship made a concerted effort of “Going Green” and reducing our environmental footprint. For the 3rd year we are partnering with Dian Vaughn of Green Events to help us identify all areas where we can be Green.
2012 Green Actions included:
- Diverting waste from landfill by placing recycling stations throughout the festival and collecting recyclables from vendors and cook teams
- Printing methods included FSC paper and low ink processing;
- Utilizing 100% electric Utility Transport Vehicles for onsite transport, (Courtesy of Alexander’s Extreme Green Vehicles);
- Kid Zone with environmental fun and education by Metro Nashville Public Works;
- Partnership with Nashville Tree Foundation, adding two trees to the continuing carbon offset plan.
The cumulative environmental efforts for our first three years have resulted in:
- Avoiding approximately 7,715 lbs of CO2 from being released into the air
- Saving 58,545 kilowatts of energy
- Diverting over 66 cubic yards of waste from landfill. 1
Through our partnership with the Nashville Tree Foundation we are continuing to off-set our carbon footprint by planting trees in Riverfront Park and downtown Nashville. A single 2″ caliper Yoshino Cherry tree will reduce 11 pounds of atmospheric carbon and intercept 128 gallons of stormwater runoff in a year. Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control and recycles $37,500 worth of water.2
The trees planted through 2012 will result in over $1,000,000 worth of environmental benefit for downtown Nashville over the life of the trees.
We thank the following donors
Jack’s Bar-B-Que & Cawthon’s Caterer, Gruhn Guitars, iwash car wash,
Jim Massey Family, Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Dimensional Spaces
Tuck Hinton Architects, Green Events
- Calculator Sources: EPA, Mohawk Paper, American Forest, US Energy Department, National Recycling Coalition,
- USDA Forest Service Pamphlet #R1-92-100, National Tree Benefit Calculator