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Lollapalooza’s Green Street: The Official Guide to the Festival’s Face of Social Responsibility 2015

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For Newcity’s coverage of the music of Lollapalooza, click here.

Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza

Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza

Excitement is in the air. Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park this year from July 31 to August 2 featuring a lineup highlighted by Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

The festival hosts 142 musical acts on eight stages and 100,000 fans and promises to be a weekend for everyone to remember.

Smackdab in the heart of the festivities, Green Street holds true to all of the Festival’s core values of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. It is home to a curated art market, activations by non-profit organizations, farm-to-festival fare, and environmental efforts.

Mosey on by in-between sets to shop the Greet Street Art Market where you’ll find treasures ranging from music inspired paintings to upcycled accessories and ethically traded international artwork.  

Swing by the Lolla Farmers Market to enjoy small-batch, homegrown Chicago flavors and hob-knob with the locally sourced vendors while satisfying your conscious cravings! Read the rest of this entry »

Waste Not: How Lollapalooza Handles Its Trash

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Rock & Recycle/Photo: Lollapalooza

Rock & Recycle/Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

By Brian Hieggelke

Like every major event in Grant Park, Lollapalooza patrons generate tons of waste. We’ve always been impressed, though, by how earnestly Lollapalooza works to mitigate its impact on the park, and the environment in general, by on-site initiatives as well as the larger emphasis on social causes that the Lolla Cares section of Green Street promotes. We corresponded by email with Alysha N. Hernández, who oversees environmental initiatives for the festival, about this topic.

With so many festival goers spending three days in Grant Park, eating and drinking as well as listening to music, Lollapalooza must generate tons of garbage. 
The Festival has many diversion efforts in place to keep waste out of the landfill. Grant Park is cherished by Lollapalooza and its festival producers, C3 Presents. In 2014, for example, our waste diversion efforts at the festival resulted in 131 tons of recycled or composted material thanks to fans and staff. Lollapalooza works hard to keep Grant Park and the planet healthy and enjoyable for generations to come. We also work to engage the patrons to join in the act, so it’s a two-pronged waste diversion approach… .the festival producers and the patrons. The success of the recycling and composting programs requires participation from everyone! Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes Lollapalooza Green 2015

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Waste Diversion
Waste diversion is aggressively practiced both backstage and front-of-house with an incentive program for fans called Rock & Recycle. Hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations in the picnic areas, and a team of hired professionals and dedicated Love Hope Strength Foundation Ambassadors support the effort to divert waste in a huge way. Please help divert waste from the landfill by selecting the correct bin before tossing your waste. You can also reduce your waste by refilling your water container at one of the five CamelBak Filling Stations. Over the past five years, Lollapalooza fans poured enough water to fill over 1.4 million water bottles!

Rock & Recycle Program
Rock out, recycle, and get rewarded with a free collectible Lollapalooza 2015 t-shirt! You can also earn a chance to win a new bike for some eco-friendly transportation around town or 2016 Festival tickets! Feel free to mail a card by Recycled Paper Greetings to a special someone you are missing at the show.

Visit one of the four Rock & Recycle centers throughout the park for more details! Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Art Market

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Photo: Lollapalooza

Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street 

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Farmers Market

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Photo: Lollapalooza

Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Farmers Market, located north of Green Street, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Lolla Cares

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Photo: Lollapalooza

Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Cares organizations, located in Green Street North and South, support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad. Read the rest of this entry »

Business and Buzzwords: In Search of Technology at Techweek

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(l to r) Sam Yagan, Dr. Jennifer Jones, audience member/Photo: Zach Freeman

Sam Yagan, Dr. Jennifer Jones, audience member/Photo: Zach Freeman

By Zach Freeman

Billed by CEO Katy Lynch as a “week-long celebration of all-things tech,” Techweek is a lot of things to a lot of people, but in terms of this year’s physicality, it is essentially a taking over of a large section of the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart with dozens of booths, three stages and a teeming mass of badge-sporting “innovators, disruptors, entrepreneurs, developers, VCs and visionaries.” Walking amongst them for the last two days I found it hard to get excited about much of what was being marketed, pitched, sold or displayed to me (except for the free food from gogo—that was pretty easy to get on board with). But maybe that’s because I’m just a grumpy old programmer.

A little backstory: I direct a small technology office for a large college within a large university—we build web applications to simplify manual processes, run reports to provide units with decision-making data and maintain the social media and website for the college. In my role, I not only lead a team, I gather requirements, write code, test, run code reviews and solicit feedback from our users. I also teach a databases class at another university.

I like being involved in all aspects of the software development lifecycle and encourage my team to be as well. In previous positions I’ve worked with teams that divide things up: project managers talk to clients, managers set goals, developers write code. I’m sure it works for some but it always seemed so inefficient and divisive to me, especially when the unfortunate result is that only the developers end up knowing anything about how the system actually works and why.

At Techweek, I felt the confusion coming back to me as speakers tossed out phrases like “technology literacy” without a clear definition of what it implied (Knowing how to code? Understanding social media? Owning the latest wearable? All three?) and representatives running booths seemed confounded by questions about how their software actually works with no one around to help clarify. Why do developers still get hidden away behind the scenes? I know we’re not always the best communicators or the most fun to talk to, but shouldn’t we be out there taking some credit for the stuff we’ve created? Or at least on hand in case some annoying nerd has a question besides “Where can I buy this?” or “How did you come up with the idea?” Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza’s Green Street: The Official Guide to the Festival’s Face of Social Responsibility 2014

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For Newcity’s coverage of the music of Lollapalooza, click here.

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Landing in Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on August 1, 2 and 3, Lollapalooza hosts 137 bands, eight stages, and 100,000 fans for a weekend to remember. Situated in the heart of the festivities, Green Street keeps the Festival’s values of social responsibility and environmental stewardship at its core. Home of a curated art market, non-profit organizations, farm-to-festival fare, and environmental efforts, Green Street provides an experience unique to Lollapalooza.

In between sets, shop the Greet Street Art Market where you’ll find treasures ranging from music inspired paintings to upcycled accessories to ethically traded international artwork. Swing by the Lolla Farmers Market to enjoy small-batch, homegrown Chicago flavors. Visit Syd Rocks to see how a lady in high school is clearing the path for others suffering from a rare blood disease. Join the sixteen potentially life saving matches from Lollapalooza attendees who registered with Love Hope Strength’s bone marrow database. Discover environmental practices around the globe from The Lexicon of Sustainability’s pop-up art show.

Minimizing Lollapalooza’s environmental impact has been a mission since its inaugural year in 1991. Over the past seven years, Lollapalooza’s producers and fans offset 16.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide (the work of 1.7 million young trees in a year). More than one million water bottles have been avoided through free water filling stations since 2010.  Returning for its tenth year, The Rock & Recycle Program invites thousands of fans each year to be rewarded for joining waste diversion efforts. Now expanded to Chile, Brazil and Argentina, the flags of Lollapalooza’s hosting countries fly high over Green Street as we celebrate international efforts to maintain environmental programs around the globe.

Take a few moments to get inspired by some of the excellent causes in Green Street, and make a contribution to the world straight from Lollapalooza this weekend.

Enjoy the show!

—Emily Stengel, Green Street Producer

Newcity has partnered with Lollapalooza to produce this official guide to Green Street

What Makes Lollapalooza Green

Aldeas Verdes: How Lollapalooza Exports its Green Spirit to its South American Sister Festivals

Lollapalooza Green Street: Art Market

Lollapalooza Green Street: Lolla Cares

Lollapalooza Green Street: Farmers Market

What Makes Lollapalooza Green

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

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Waste Diversion
Waste diversion is aggressively practiced both backstage and front-of-house with an incentive program for fans, hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations in the picnic areas, and a team of hired professionals and volunteers. Please help divert waste from the landfill by selecting the correct bin before tossing your waste away. You can reduce your waste by refilling your water container at one of the six CamelBak Filling Stations. Over the past four years, Lollapalooza fans poured enough water to fill over a million water bottles! Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street: Art Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods.

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Green Street North
Completed by Amina Ahmed

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
No, this is our second year at Lollapalooza!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
You will find a movement to help change the world. 1:Face watch is in affiliation with eight different charities, each representing a different color watch, and with each purchase of a watch different metrics are carried out to help the different causes and charities.
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