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The SXSW Green Zone, Powered by Nokia, will provide a downtown resource to promote and develop sustainable technologies and practices. Located at the corner of 7th and Red River Street, the Green Zone will feature a water re-filling station, a solar charging area to keep your mobile devices energized, a recycling transfer center servicing sections of the central downtown area via human-powered transport and information about the sustainability efforts of Nokia, SXSW, and the City of Austin. Don’t miss out on a chance to relax, charge your phone, refill your re-usable water bottle and learn about all things green at The SXSW Green Zone, Wednesday March 16th through Saturday March 19th!
In our 25th year, SXSW is continuing efforts to reduce its environmental impact for 2011. Through quantification, reduction, and various pilot programs, SXSW hopes to maintain a high level of environmental consciousness, even in the face of growth.
Sustainability at SXSW 2011
A Greener SXSW
The SXSW Green Zone
Environmentally Responsible Waste Management
Beginning in 2009 with a recycling initiative at the Auditorium Shores stage, SXSW has shown dedication in holding to environmentally responsible waste management practices. In 2010, we upped the ante to also incorporate composting at the SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage, allowing us to divert 95% of solid waste from the landfill. At this year’s festival, SXswag will attempt to further reduce our total waste by offering opt-in gifting from participating companies to replace the Big Bag inserts of the past. With the help of several venues and the dedication of the Green Team, we look to expand composting and recycling services to more venues and public spaces in conjunction with SXSW.
Attendees should keep an eye out for recycling and composting efforts throughout our 2011 event and help us to keep our beautiful city clean by using these alternative waste receptacles whenever possible.
Nokia is proud to support the sustainability efforts of SXSW and local, Austin-based Sol Design Labs by championing the Solar Pump. This solar powered charging station, which has been deployed to dozens of festivals worldwide, is made from a repurposed gas pump that has the ability to charge 100 cell phones at a time from clean solar power. Powered by Nokia, it can be found across from the Austin Convention Center in Brush Square park from March 11-15 and in the SXSW Green Zone from March 16-19.
SXSW partners with a number of conference venues with sustainable practices in place. In the spirit of cooperation, SXSW holds an annual roundtable discussion with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Austin Convention Center, and our partnering hotels to share new procedures and technologies. From construction details and environmentally responsible waste management to the implementation of energy efficient products and technologies, SXSW works with these venues to provide the expected levels of service without causing unnecessary harm to the environment.
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