by paige
Categories: Events, Film/TV, Internet, Music
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l7826953993_7835.jpgAs biodiesel trailers carrying eco-conscious rock stars and  film industry gurus embark on Austin, Texas for the the annual SXSW Film, Interactive, and Music festival, they will be singing a new “sustainability” tune.  In an effort to promote its carbon neutral policy, event organizers are taking tangible action to proposed initiatives of years past.

The SXSW Festival is working with Ecology Action of Austin to recycle all waste from our outdoor parties and events and will use biodiesel in generators and production trucks. We’ve got our name on a waiting list to purchase green electricity from Austin Energy’s Green Choice Power Program and are supporting the Austin Convention Center in its goal to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification by 2008.

Always an eclectic event where geeks, film freaks, and music madness converge, SXSW 2008 definitely will have some good gossip in store. Stay tuned for the latest green insight.

  • Una Johnston

    Hi, the details you published above on sxsw’s environmental actions relate to last year’s event, not the event in 2008.

    South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences (SXSW) in Austin, Texas has announced (Feb 08) that it is purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from the City of Austin to negate its carbon footprint of 263 tonnes generated by the company during the planning and delivery of its 2007 event. Austin Energy will retire 448 solar RECs on behalf of SXSW and use the proceeds from the sale to begin implementation of a local renewable energy project.

    One project under consideration is a solar charging station. The charging station would provide sufficient power to charge small devises such as cell phones and laptops, as well as electric scooters and bikes.

    Greener Actions at SXSW 2008 include offering all delegates 24/7 access to biofuel made from cotton seed waste for their vehicles; eliminating all bottled water for staff and volunteers and using municipal water fountains instead; featuring environmental issues in the conference programs and offering tips to delegates on how to have a greener SXSW.

  • Jason Burroughs

    DieselGreen Fuels has biodiesel (B100) available for retail and delivery for SXSW vehicles. Our fuel is made from used cooking oil and meets the highest standards of quality. Price is $2.49 at our retail pump or $2.59 delivered. Anyone can call 512-247-FUEL to set up a delivery or find locations.