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).
- “I applaud the things you have done as well as what you are trying to accomplish, and feel a much more profound impact could be made in what we do if every venue had a position such as yours. Again, thanks for helping the Black Eyed Peas execute their environmental initiatives.”
- Jim Beek, Tour Greening Manager Black Eyed Peas
“With the assistance of Stephanie Katsaros and Bright Beat, Allstate Arena has experienced significant savings in waste hauling expenses, we received a valuable energy efficiency grant, sold a green sponsorship and have been recognized in the trades and local media for our "Green for a Reason" campaign. I would recommend Bright Beat's services to any facility or event looking to improve their efficiency, save money and gain recognition in the concert community and beyond.”
- Pat Nagle, General Manager