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Artscape Is Taking Steps To Go Green
July 14, 2010, 12:34 am
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Artscape Is Taking Steps To Be A More Environmentally Friendly Festival

Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, is happening in Baltimore this weekend.  This year the organizers have created the Artscape 2010 Green Plan, an initiative to make the festival more environmentally friendly.  Below are some endeavors that will be employed in an effort to make this year’s festival green:

Recycling/Trash
10 stations will be located around the festival:

• Each station will contain 4 single stream recycling containers and 2 food waste (composting) containers provided by Waste Neutral and each station will have volunteers to assist festival goers with waste placement.

Food Vendors
• All Artscape food vendors must dispose of their grease in large drums.  The grease is taken daily to be turned into biofuel.
• Grey water is also collected in drums and disposed of properly.
• Artscape’s food vendors and beverage service is advised to use recyclable and compostable service ware.
• The sale of healthy alternatives to traditional festival fare is encouraged.

Charm City Circulator
The Circulator will have a dedicated festival bus/route for the Artscape weekend.

• This air-conditioned and accessible shuttle will run 30 minutes prior and one hour past Artscape’s hours of operation.
• The Charm City Circulator’s purple route will still be running with a detour at Biddle Street.

Bike Parking
• After a very successful introductory year, Bike Parking is back and bigger than before.  We are adding 10 bike racks, which will accommodate 50-70 additional bikes.
• Location: Maryland Ave. at Mt. Royal Ave.
• Bikers will receive the souvenir button as a thank you for their green efforts.

Festival Merchandise
• The 2010 official Artscape T-shirt will be made from recyclable material.  The shirt costs $20.  All sales help keep the festival FREE and open to the public.
• Also for sale is a reusable Artscape water bottle.  Cost: $5.

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