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Mayor Ed Lee Congratulates Outside Lands for its green efforts

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We are thrilled to report that Mayor Ed Lee and City officials recognized Outside Lands' efforts in adopting sustainable practices.

Called “one of America’s best,” the one of a kind green oriented festival transforms Golden Gate Park into a mecca for lovers of music, art and food.

Yet its strong green approach is what takes it tot the next level.

"The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival will show that San Francisco can host world class events while protecting our environment," said Mayor Ed Lee.

Eco Lands has been an example in leading the way with its urban gardening workshops, local community organizations, national NGO’s, a farmer’s market, locally sourced food vendors and a refillable water station.

"Working closely with Another Planet Entertainment, we are making sure that the Outside Lands event is a sustainable one that supports green jobs, respects our neighborhoods, and is an event that reflects our City values," adds Mayor Lee.

This year, Outside Lands has partnered with the San Francisco Department of the Environment's Textile Reuse and Recycling Initiative to make sure that leftover textiles get put to good use.

After the festival, leftover shirts, sweaters, and other items will be collected and contributed to the local textile market.

All these will be reused and recycled, preventing waste and promoting local jobs.

This important zero waste effort is being managed in partnership with Clean Vibes, Recology and Goodwill.

"As an event producer, we hold ourselves to the highest environmental standards, and Outside Lands is no exception," said Gregg Perloff, President and CEO of Another Planet Entertainment, the event's long-time producer.

In fact, Outside Lands aims to leave Golden Gate Park-and the city itself-in a better condition than it found it.

Another Planet Entertainment has coordinated with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to conduct litter pick-up and park preservation efforts.

"We could not have a better partner than Another Planet," said Phil Ginsburg, General Manger of the Recreation and Park Department, "They fully believe in and embrace the local and sustainable ethos, as is clear by this latest effort," Ginsburg ads.

Perhaps the sustainable feature that attendees will interact with most is San Francisco's iconic zero waste bins.

Like the City of San Francisco itself, Outside Lands has long celebrated a high landfill diversion rate (last year the event celebrated an 84% diversion rate).

Event organizers have once again hired Clean Vibes, an event waste diversion company, to help the festival recycle and compost as much as possible.

Clean Vibes has hired graduates from the San Francisco Department of Environment's green careers program, Environment Now, to supplement their recycling and composting efforts. "In San Francisco, zero waste and green jobs go hand-in-hand," said Josh Arce, President of the San Francisco Environment Commission.

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