Lollapalooza Opens Today With Sustainable Energy and Waste Practices

The annual Lollapalooza festival opens in Chicago’s Grant Park today.  As bands ranging from My Morning Jacket to Foo Fighters play, the festival will attempt to reduce its carbon footprint.

Fans might be coming to see Eminem or Coldplay, but Lollapalooza officials say they’re also amping up their eco-friendly initiatives this year.

Festival officials say parts of the event will be powered by solar energy.

The festival will feature what it’s calling the “Rock and Recycle” program, which will encourage fans to recycle in exchange for free t-shirts and other perks.

Instead of selling water bottles on festival grounds, vendors will package water in sustainable and recyclable cartons. There’ll also be water refilling stations for reusable water bottles.

These practices (and the philosophy behind them) are explored in the Roosevelt University seminar SUST 210 The Sustainable Future (offered this fall at the downtown campus and online). For more information on these or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

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