The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has launched weatherization program in conjunction with We Are Neutral, an initiative of Earth Givers, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization committed to creating community-based carbon offsets.
Bonnaroo is financing the project, and the funds will provide free energy retrofits to 100 low-income residents in Coffee County, including the installation of energy-efficient light bulbs and low flow shower heads and the education of residents about energy conservation.
The project will begin in May, and all retrofits will be completed by the festival's start date on June 13. The program is expected to reduce carbon emissions in the community, save participating families an average of 20 percent on their utility bills, and provide long-term verifiable offsets for Bonnaroo. Those will be tracked over a three-year period, officials said.
“Bonnaroo has invested in several verified offset green programs and initiatives outside of the state, and this project allows us to keep funds not only in the state of Tennessee, but also in the county where Bonnaroo is based, which has been a long-term goal of the festival,” said Laura Sohn, Bonnaroo’s sustainability coordinator.