Thursday, July 2, 2015

Forecastle Festival to Offset Carbon Emissions with Clean Energy


New Festival Partnership signals major step to help combat climate change

It takes tens of thousands of kWh of electricity to make Forecastle Festival rock and roll each year on the Louisville Waterfront. And this year, a new partnership will ensure the festival’s carbon footprint is smaller than ever.

Forecastle Festival will now run on 100 percent pollution-free electricity through a partnership with national Clean Energy provider Arcadia Power. New this year, Forecastle Festival will ensure that for every kWh of electricity used, a kWh is produced and put on the grid by a pollution-free, renewable source - like wind or solar.

“Forecastle Festival was built on the premise of environmental responsibility and for years we’ve worked to be as sustainable as possible through conservation, recycling, composting and the use biodiesel fuel,” said Forecastle Founder and Captain, JK McKnight. “The partnership is a huge leap forward, positioning us as one of the most sustainable, ecologically-focused events in the nation.”

As an Arcadia Power Clean Energy Partner, Forecastle Festival now meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership requirements, joining national environmental thought leaders like Google and Whole Foods.

Forecastle brings the first major national festival partnership for Arcadia power’s offset program and is the first festival in the state to offset its energy usage with wind power.

“We love working with organizations that share the same values, and Forecastle Festival sets an example for everyone of how easy and affordable it is to choose clean energy,” said Arcadia Power co-founder, Kiran Bhatraju.

The Forecastle Festival has, since 2004, aimed to offer equal parts music, art and environmental activism. In addition to efforts on-site to reduce carbon emissions and limit landfill waste, the event contributes $1 from every ticket sold to the Forecastle Foundation, an affiliated 501(c)(3) non-profit with land-level conservation projects in Kentucky, Brazil and Indonesia.

The annual festival will be held July 17-19, 2015 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Weekend passes and daily tickets are still available at forecastlefest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.


About AC Entertainment:
AC Entertainment is recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States. Founded in 1991 by Ashley Capps, the company books, markets and presents over 1,000 events per year. In addition to the Forecastle Festival, AC Entertainment is the force behind internationally renowned events including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival® and Big Ears. For more information on AC Entertainment, visit ACEntertainment.com.

About Arcadia Power:
Arcadia Power is the first nationwide Clean Energy option. By partnering with wind and solar projects, Arcadia Power provides homes and businesses with 100 percent pollution free energy via local utilities. Members support their values through their monthly energy bills, decreasing demand for fossil fuels and helping to grow American green jobs and power. Arcadia Power parters with sustainability-minded companies and organizations to combat climate change and secure a better future for our planet. For more information, visit arcadiapower.com