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

Hope you've enjoyed this most incredible summer. We are in the final stretch - and the Cubs aren't the only ones keeping it interesting. From the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary to Farm Aid's 30th, this is a year of historic happenings in Chicago, and we are having a blast being right in the thick of it. Though business has been keeping my activities more domestic than international lately, it feels good to be making a difference at home, as I'd set out to do. We'll have more exciting Bright Beat collaborations to share in the coming months, and a new concert calendar coming out this week (Click HERE if you want in on the action). Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Cheers to what's next 
It was one heck of a way to spend 4th of July... The music, the fireworks, the friends, the LOVE circling 'round Soldier Field. Hard to believe twenty years have passed since we did it with Jerry! This time, Peter Shapiro and our friends at Madison House Presents brought the magic (with a lil help from Trey), and partnered with Bright Beat to strengthen recycling, composting and food donation. We were even featured in a lil backstage interview. Over a weekend with record-breaking attendance and beer sales, our collaboration netted 49% of waste diverted from the landfill - compared to the stadium's annual diversion rate of 19%. Maybe it was the roses...
Each summer, our beer brothers from Fort Collins, CO tour the U.S. creating memorable events for lovers of music, film, comedy, circus clowniness, bicycling, and of course ... craft beer, raising well over $500,000 to support local charities like West Town Bikes, The Recyclery and Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago. Bright Beat had a blast again this year, managing Zero Waste efforts for attendees consistently concerned and considerate of their environmental impact - a level beyond what we see from most crowds. With help from our volunteer Eco Educators, New Belgium Brewing, Resource Center and the great staff and volunteers at West Town Bikes, we achieved 93% landfill diversion at Clips & 90% diversion at Tour De Fat. Send in your short films and start prepping your costumes for the bike parade... see you there next year!
Since its inception in 2009 (with that unforgettable Lucero encore), Green Music Fest has been booking seriously good music and setting the bar in Chicago for responsible event production. Bright Beat continues to grow its role, managing sustainability, 'Eco Education', community outreach, and engaging meaningful non-profit partners. But we always balance the green with the music... This year, we loved the pop prowess of Tristen, William Elliott Whitmore's earnest songwriting, and the harmonies Shovels & Rope were able to share before the storm rolled in. THANKS to our outstanding group of volunteers and commitment from festival goers, sponsors, vendors and producers. The people-powered bike stage will be back, and other cool surprises are in store for Green Music Fest 2016!
Urban dwellers united on two wheels for Chicago's annual Bike to Work Week, and Zipcar "Rocked the Rooftop" at the enormous Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park with an end of week celebration to benefit Active Transport Alliance. Bright Beat Eco Educators were on hand (shown: Hanh Pham) to ensure that waste streams were kept pure and attendees were made aware of the many ways in which we can incorporate sustainability into our lives. We so enjoy working with these partners that share our vision and support each other's efforts, and everyone benefits from the lessons learned in planning and executing Zero Waste events. Despite some food packaging challenges, we achieved 84% landfill diversion and influenced many.
As we turned the calendar from June to July, Chicago played host to the Green Sports Alliance Summit, the world’s largest and most influential sustainability gathering for the sports community. More than 800 industry stakeholders came together to learn and share best practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. The summit included speakers ranging from NHL players to stadium developers and other leaders in professional and collegiate sports. It was also a chance for Chicago to put its best foot forward.

The Chicago Sustainability Task Force served as a Community Partner to the Green Sports Alliance. Our members shared success stories on panel discussions, lead tours of local sustainability operations, including UIC, Soldier Field, Loyola and Allstate Arena (above), and Bright Beat demonstrated "howe we do it" in Chicago by managing Zero Waste efforts at the Green Sports Celebration at Soldier Field.

Curious about the Summit? Check out the highlight video - which caught our Eco Educator, Cameron, in action (around 2:15). Also - this powerful video by Prince Ea, screened at the Celebration.

Goose Island Beer's annual end-of-summer celebration is growing. Expanding from one day to two, including big musical acts like Matt and Kim and tUnE-yArDs, and bringing in Bright Beat to strengthen event sustainability. 

Join us for the release of secret-special beers, encased meat eats from the one and only Hot Doug's, and a kick-ass mix of music (try NOT dancing to THIS), all while knowing it's being brought to you with a true commitment to the environmental and community. For more information on the event and to buy tickets head over to Goose Island's website. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Eco Educator, please email

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