OUR SUSTAINABILITY MISSION
Live On The Green is committed to being Nashville’s premier environmentally-friendly music festival. Each year, we work to further reduce our carbon footprint, bringing us closer to our ultimate goal of operating as a completely waste free, carbon-neutral event. We strive to incorporate sustainable practices in all facets of our music festival – ranging anywhere from using energy-efficient LED lights festival-wide and reusing banners, to selecting the green roof as the location to host the event.
PUBLIC SQUARE PARK: FROM PARKING LOT TO GREEN ROOF
Over a decade ago, the city of Nashville set out to redesign the public plaza with some significant green initiatives. The old impermeable parking surface that once greeted visitors to City Hall was replaced with a five story subterranean parking lot topped with a 2.25 acre ‘Green Roof’. The roof itself acts as an open public meeting space while also capturing and utilizing over 50,000 gallons of rainwater each year.
This captured rainwater is treated and then used to irrigate the over forty different species of plants (63% being native to Middle Tennessee) in and around the plaza. All of the original stone and granite on the old plaza was also utilized in the construction of the space – drastically reducing the need for additional building material.
SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE – WHAT WE’RE DOING TO HELP
Part of offsetting our carbon footprint includes supporting our local economy and reducing the costs and waste associated with travel for out of town visitors, vendors and production. Many of the performers at Live On The Green are local artists, or have their roots in Music City, which allows for a reduced carbon footprint of travel. If travel is needed, the artists have agreed use the most environmentally friendly choices of travel and accommodations.
To further improve our sustainability efforts, we partner with community organizations in and around Nashville such as Green Village Recycling, Piedmont Natural Gas, Walk/Bike Nashville, Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as various initiates sponsored by Nashville Metro Government.
LOW WASTE EVENT
As part of Live On The Green’s goal to produce a low waste event, we have partnered with local recycling company Green Village Recycling and Piedmont Natural Gas in order to provide extensive recycling services on-site. Staffers and volunteers are stationed throughout the event site to assist and answer questions related to what and how to recycle.