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Rock the Green Sustainability Festival Returns

Aug 25, 2016 03:41PM

The third Rock the Green Sustainability Festival will be held on September 17 at Reed Street Yards, in Walker’s Point, Wisconsin. Partnering with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, the main stage will feature music from national acts Lord Huron, Robert DeLong, Best Coast, The Heavy, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Trapper Schoepp. Milwaukee artists Siren with New Age Narcissism, Great Lake Drifters, Foreign Goods, Evan Christian, NO/NO and Eagle Trace will perform on the Pedal Power Stage, presented by Educators Credit Union.

      Other highlights include the new Eco-Kids Stage, presented by Rexnord, with programming from Schlitz Audubon Center, Urban Ecology Center, Teens Grow Green, OmTown Yogis and more; locally grown, sustainable and healthy cuisine in the Farm to Fork area; and a gathering of 20 local nonprofits providing environmental education in the Eco-Champs space.

      Rock the Green, recognized as one of the greenest festivals in the world by the UK-based A Greener Festival, boasts numerous past benchmarks: 93 percent of generated waste composted or recycled; 100 percent of food scraps processed and upcycled into fertilizer; only 13 trash cans sent into the landfill; and each attendee producing about one ounce of waste, compared to a U.S. Environmental Agency estimate of 16 ounces per attendee for most festivals.

Cost: $35/general admission; $75/ VIP admission; each ticket comes with a refillable aluminum water bottle for use at the Badger Meter Free and Fresh Water Stations on the festival grounds. For more information and tickets, visit RockTheGreen.com. See ad on page 45.