:: November, 2015 ::
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Eco Education
Music Inspiration
Hello Friends!

With the first Chicago snowfall comes the reality that winter is here, the end of another year. Looking back on 2015, there is so much to be thankful for... family and friends, new adventures and new partnerships, the wisdom of age and the joy of celebrating successes of/with those we love. Cheers to all of you making your own magic happen!

Bright Beat will always be rooted in music, inspired the by the artistry and inventiveness, and the creative ways in which fans can experience it. Fans at sporting events (like me at a Cubs playoff game, for example : ) can also be engaged and positively influenced. This sweet spot - where like-minded communities come together - is a place in which we love to play.

Here are a few highlights from our fun Fall.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Green Goose + Bright Beat: Goose Island 312 Urban Block Party
312 Block Party: Make Beer, Not Waste
Street festivals define summer in Chicago, and Goose Island Beer Company kept the party going into September with their newly expanded two day 312 Urban Block Party. A desire for improved event sustainability, to more closely match the optimal efficiency and 99% waste diversion efforts of their brewery, led to Goose Island’s partnership with Bright Beat. An avalanche of music drowned out Friday’s rain, with Calexico + tUnE yArDs wowing the crowd outside as Pelican slayed the set of the weekend on the Local Stage - with rare vocals by Life and Times’ Alley Epley. !!!! + Matt and Kim lit up the dance floor Saturday. Specialty beer flowed, Hot Doug’s dogs were devoured, hundreds of Jorts were rocked for charity, and we achieved 96% DIVERSION from landfill, with help from our friends at Goose Island, Rank Entertainment, CleanSlate, and a stellar group of Eco Educators (highlighted in this WGN-TV Chicago’s Best video).
Chicago Sustainability Task Force members April, Ian, Matt
CSTF Sustainability Stakeholders Forum

As facilitator of the Chicago Sustainability Task Force, Bright Beat enjoys collaborating with some of Chicago’s largest facilities, events and leaders to move sustainability forward in the region. On September 30th, O’Hare Airport hosted our first Sustainability Stakeholders Forum. Over 50 diverse members and their stakeholders convened for a meaningful discussion on shared challenges, best practices and solutions while organically connecting and brainstorming with current and potential partners. We also rolled out the newly drafted Chicago Sustainability Guidelines and Chicago Sustainability Task Force website. Check 'em out and let us know if you have any questions on implementation, or would like more information on how to get involved.
Mike Dillon Band @ Martyrs'
Mike Dillon Band @ Martyrs'
Courtesy of Farm Aid, Inc.
Farm Aid 30: A Legacy of Sustainability
As Neil Young told the crowd at Farm Aid’s morning press event, “Climate change comes from the ground up. It’s in the soil. We are destroying the soil, that’s where the carbon belongs. It doesn’t belong in the sky. All this unsustainable farming is ruining the planet. We have to turn it around and get back.” An outspoken rocker telling it like it is - I love Neil! You can click here to see highlights of all the great performances at Farm Aid’s 30th Anniversary concert in Chicago (don't miss Rain on the Scarecrow). We were honored to partner with Farm Aid to assess and support their zero waste efforts, and highlight resources and initiatives in social and agricultural sustainability. Only time will tell if the expanded recycling, composting and local food purchasing continues at the venue - a worthwhile goal of the program in addition to expanding everyone's awareness of the vital connection between farming, food, nutrition and soil. But one thing's for sure - everyone at the show (was) ROCKED.
MB Financial Park - Concerts In The Park
MB Park: US EPA Award Winners (Again!) 
Bright Beat helped build sustainability into the policies and infrastructure of MB Financial Park at Rosemont since it opened in 2012, broadening the impact of the “Green For A Reason” program launched at Allstate Arena in 2010… and the awards keep rolling in. The US EPA has just announced that MB Financial Park won the US EPA Food Recovery Challenge 2015 Narrative Award for Leadership (a national award!!) I guess they liked Bright Beat’s overview of the program and its impact. Park tenants, and others interested in food recovery programs, appreciated our work on the production of We Compost videos featuring Adobe Gila's, Hofbrauhaus and Toby Keith’s. MB Park's 2015 sustainability strategy helped 1,000 employees and 1.6 million visitors keep food recovery and waste diversion top of mind and properly executed, resulting in the recovery of more than 150 tons of organics. Congratulations to everyone involved!


Think Before You Buy~ You may already be reducing your footprint, e.g. filtering tap water vs. buying plastic water bottles. For this high-consumption holiday, what other ways might you eat and drink green? Planning to serve/drink a lot of beer - opt for a pony keg! Make sure you have plenty of reusable plates and cups - or ask your family/friends to “Bring Your Own”. If you’re hosting, clearly label your recycling bin, to make clean-up ECO + EASY.
Travel Sustainably~ Is there a train option, instead of flying or driving? For road trips, inflated tires and clear air filters improve gas mileage. Have extra room in your car? Pick up friends or family who would otherwise drive separately.
Buy Local and Seasonal~ To enjoy the full nourishment of food, eat seasonally. Illinoisans can check out this convenient list of what is in season during what months. And buying local will reduce emissions from transportation and usually leads to food that is more ripe and delicious!  
Donate your leftovers BEFORE the Big Day~ Does your family party always have way too much food? 15 side dishes, 3 extra pumpkin pies? Consider having guests donate food to a local food bank instead; it will make for less wasted food and help others enjoy a great meal. 
Volunteer, and feel the joy of giving~ This link to the Greater Chicago Food Depository describes and links to opportunities throughout Chicagoland, this season and all year ‘round. Other great organizations include: Inspiration Corporation, Sarah’s Circle, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and Resource Center-City Farms.
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