LouisvilleKY’s Forecastle Festival Reduces Carbon Footprint

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Forecastle Festival to Offset Carbon Emissions with Clean Energy
Partnership signals major step to help combat climate change

Louisville, Ky. (June 14, 2016) — It takes tens of thousands of kWh of electricity to make Forecastle Festival rock and roll each year on the Louisville Waterfront. And again this year, a partnership with Arcadia Power will ensure the festival’s carbon footprint is smaller than ever.

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

“We pride ourselves on being one of the most sustainable, ecologically focused events in the nation,” said Forecastle Founder and Captain, JK McKnight. “Forecastle Festival was built on the premise of environmental responsibility and for years we’ve worked to be as sustainable as possible through conservation our conservation work with the Forecastle Foundation and other non-profits, recycling, composting and the use biodiesel fuel.”

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

Forecastle remains the only major national festival partnership for Arcadia power’s offset program and is the only 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, Argentina and Indonesia.

The annual festival will be held July 15-17, 2016 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Weekend passes and daily tickets are still available at forecastlefest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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