Projects

Our Chicago-based project management + sustainability consultancy provides businesses with leadership in the development and management of environmental sustainability initiatives.  From assessment and strategy to implementation and promotion – our partners (and our planet) reap the benefits of improved efficiency and conservation, while educating and engaging the public in environmentally-conscious behavior.

Our music + media work includes strategic partnerships, artist and concert promotions, event publicity, digital rebranding, and more. Merging our passion for music and community with our sustainability expertise, Bright Beat has implemented large-scale solutions at events including Electric Forest, the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well shows at Soldier Field, Chicago Jazz Fest, Milwaukee Summerfest and venues like Allstate Arena and Brooklyn Bowl. We provide customized solutions to industry leaders exploring their environmental commitment and resilience along with developing an audience of changemakers.

BRIGHT BEAT SUSTAINABILITY

ALLSTATE ARENA “Green For A Reason” Program:

  • Developed and managed a comprehensive recycling program, environmentally preferable purchasing policy and energy efficiency upgrade at this 19,000 capacity Chicago area sports & entertainment facility.
  • Over 468 TONS of recyclables diverted from landfill and thousands of dollars saved since 2010.
  • Awarded the 2011 U.S. EPA WasteWise Gold Achievement Award for Public Venue Recycling
  • Successfully wrote and was awarded energy efficiency grants
  • Built first sustainability sponsorship
  • Attracted media coverage, see PRESS
  • Persistent rallying of industry partners and peers to promote economically and environmentally sustainable changes to existing standards.
  • Services Overview & Case Study

  • MB FINANCIAL PARK “Green For A Reason” Program:

  • Developed and managed the waste diversion program for a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex – with 6 restaurants, a bowling lounge and comedy club.
  • Partnered with facility and tenant management to implement environmentally-sustainable business practices.
  • Advised on “green” procurement, public recycling program and outreach.
  • Applied for and was awarded the US EPA Food Recovery Challenge 2015 Narrative Award for Leadership for our 2015 sustainability strategy that 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.
  • MB Financial Park’s “Green For A Reason” Program earned both State and Federal awards in 2014: the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Honorable Mention and the 2014 U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award for food waste reduction.

  • WICKER PARK BUCKTOWN Eco Education:

  • Green Music Fest:
  • Sustainability Strategy: Setting the bar for responsible event production in Chicago through Eco Education, a comprehensive waste diversion program, people-powered bike stage, community partnerships, vendor sustainability requirements and more.
  • Over 10 TONS of recyclables and compostables diverted from landfills 2012-2016.
  • Provided a staff of Eco Educators to inform attendees of many ways to incorporate sustainability into their lives and properly dispose of their recyclable and compostable items.
  • Awarded Highly Commended by A Greener Festival Award in 2016
  • FestForums award-winner, 2016 Best of the Fest: Music Festival Sustainability.
  • Highlights video: Green Music Fest… the greener, the better!
  • 2016 Sustainability Recap
  • Wicker Park Fest:
  • Sustainability Strategy: Researched, developed and delivered multiple customized solutions to recycle various types of beer & wine cups.
  • Provided a staff of Eco Educators to inform attendees of many ways to incorporate sustainability into their lives and properly dispose of their recyclable and compostable items.
  • Nearly 10 tons of recyclable and compostable materials diverted from landfills 2012-2014.
  • Recipient of Highly Commended by A Greener Festival Award in 2016.
  • Highlights video: Eco Educators PUT IT IN THE DUMPSTER

  • FRONTERA 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

  • Guiding sustainability messaging and activating resource recovery onsite, we helped Frontera’s 30th recover over 430 pounds of material, from guest’s bamboo serveware to surplus food. View photos here.

  • GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

  • Recovering resources through recycling, with a priority on capturing food scraps and other plant-based items to be composted locally — enriching local soil and strengthening the local food shed.
  • Diverted  78% of material otherwise destined for a landfill, while educating countless attendees on environmental sustainability in their daily lives and in our food system.
  • Supported the development of a Zero-Waste guide for future UIC Forum events.

  • HOP STOP CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

  • Coordinated resource recovery event programming and Eco Education engagement efforts for this craft beer fundraiser in Riverside, Illinois.
  • Diverted 94% of waste from the landfill via recycling and composting, resulting in a Zero Waste event. View photos here.

  • ELECTRIC FOREST- Growing mindfulness of our footprints in the Forest

  • The Forest Family chipped in to clean up the campgrounds, using the 14,000+ recycling bags distributed at the entrance and at EcoZones, located throughout the site.
  • Over 770 perishable meals were donated to a local food pantry, in addition to the Roy Price Conscious Alliance Food Drive.
  • Driving awareness, connecting the dots and proposing new efforts, Bright Beat was able to grow social and environmental initiatives of festival food vendors, community non-profits, visual artists and event production entities.

  • VERTEX: Inaugural festival prioritizing community partnerships + sustainability

  • Building the foundation for a successful, engaging and community-minded sustainability program, we established connections and identified opportunities for greater positive impact. Our 2016 Highlights include:
  • Over 4,800 pounds of food scraps were collected for composting and 2 Tons of aluminum and cardboard were recycled locally.
  • Over 4,200 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food, goods, tools and furniture and supported community members and benefitted local non-profits.

  • NEW BELGIUM: TOUR DE FAT and CLIPS FILM & BIKE TOUR

  • Managing Zero Waste efforts for attendees consistently concerned and considerate of their environmental impact.
  • We achieved 91% landfill diversion at Clips & 90% diversion at Tour De Fat, with help from our Eco Educators, New Belgium Brewing, Resource Center and the great staff and volunteers at West Town Bikes.

  • GOOSE ISLAND 312 URBAN BLOCK PARTY - Make Beer, Not Waste

  • Developed event sustainability to move closer to matching the optimal efficiency and 99% waste diversion efforts of their brewery.
  • We achieved 95% DIVERSION from landfill, highlighted by WGN-TV Chicago.
  • Get the scoop on the Block Party’s Zero Waste success story and Bright Beat’s leadership straight from Goose Island in their blog post.

  • FARE THEE WELL : GRATEFUL DEAD 50th ANNIVERSARY

  • Record-breaking attendance and beverage sales, coupled with Bright Beat expertise, netted 49% of waste diverted from the landfill.
  • Event diversion rate was 150% greater than the stadium’s annual diversion rate of 19%.
  • Learn more about Bright Beat’s behind-the-scenes work in this backstage interview.

  • ZIPCAR Bike To Work Party at WHOLE FOODS

  • Zipcar “Rocked the Rooftop” with an end of Bike to Work Week celebration to benefit Active Transport Alliance.
  • Eco Educators guided attendees to keep waste streams clean and educated on many ways to incorporate sustainability into their lives.
  • We achieved 84% landfill diversion and influenced many, despite food packaging challenges.

  • FARM AID 30: A Legacy of Sustainability

  • Assessed and supported zero waste efforts
  • Provided event coverage for a national magazine, highlighting resources and initiatives in social and agricultural sustainability.

  • GREEN SPORTS ALLIANCE RECEPTION @ SOLDIER FIELD

  • In 2015 more than 800 industry stakeholders gathered in Chicago to learn and share best practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans.
  • Sustainability Strategy: Bright Beat worked with Soldier Field Operations/SMG to target zero waste, with Eco Educators guiding guests on waste diversion and informing about sustainability initiatives in Chicago.

  • BANK OF AMERICA SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 8K

  • Sustainability Strategy: Consulted on zero-waste event programming, supported event logistics, set-up, and Green Team management.
  • Coordinated plant-based ‘plastic’ cup collection and recycling efforts at an event’s post-race party.

  • SOLO CUP COMPANY

  • Managed festival sponsorships and verified cup recycling initiatives
  • Managed launch of cup recycling partnership with TerraCycle
  • Strategic advisory, development and analysis of festival recycling programs, e.g.
  • Summerfest, Custer’s Last StandLake Forest Festival & Fireworks


    Other current and former clients include:

  • BRIGHT BEAT ADVOCACY

    Chicago Sustainability Task Force

  • The Chicago Sustainability Task Force is a consortium of large facility operators, event organizers and city-wide stakeholders, who are taking action to improve Chicago’s image and environmental initiatives by cataloging sustainability practices and policies, collaborating to influence and strengthen local ’sustainability’ infrastructure, and working towards consistent programs and messaging city-wide. Facilitated by Bright Beat, Chicago Sustainability Task Force members include the Chicago Department of Aviation, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Goose Island Beer Company, Soldier Field, University of Illinois at Chicago, McCormick Place,  United Airlines and more.
  • Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

  • The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a group of solid waste agencies, counties, community and government organizations, businesses, schools, institutions, service providers, and processors dedicated to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois through program implementation, policy, and advocacy. Stephanie Katsaros is on the IFSC Board of Directors, and chairs the Communications and Outreach Committee.

    iHeartMedia Chicago

  • iHeartMedia Chicago’s Local Advisory Board is comprised of executives and leaders in the community, government and education system who help guide iHeartMedia Chicago’s partnership with community organizations, and help tackle the most pressing issues affecting the Chicagoland community. Stephanie Katsaros has been a member of the Local Advisory Board since 2010. Past and current partners include: Foundations of Music, Greater Chicago Food Depository, A Safe Haven Foundation, Special Olympics Illinois, Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter, Back on My Feet Chicago, Chicago Public Library Foundation, DuSable Museum of African American History, City Year Chicago, John G. Shedd Aquarium and After School Matters.
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