We are working diligently to reduce our carbon footprint, not only during Musikfest, but throughout the entire ArtsQuest campus. Stay tuned for a full rollout of our Sustainability Campaign! In the meantime, take a look at our efforts to make a positive impact on our environment.
Current efforts to reduce our carbon footprint:
The Refillable Mug Program
Through the use of reusable mugs, we avoided the use of 100,599 plastic cups (at all three festivals), 7 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. This is equivalent to offsetting over 100 gallons of gasoline use!
- We sell 30,000+ mugs each year, reducing plastic cup use.
- Refillable mugs can be used at any ArtsQuest programming where alcohol is served.
- 2022 STATS:
- Musikfest: Upwards of 70% of all drafts and mixed drinks are poured into our refillable mugs – 115,000 pours in total.
- Oktoberfest: Over 50% of all drafts and mixed drinks are poured into our refillable mugs – 23,000 pours in total.
- Christkindlmarkt: Close to 50% of all drafts and mixed drinks are poured into our refillable mugs – 18,000 pours in total.
- Upper Macungie Township – We now offer a new refillable mug similar to the Musikfest mug for all events in an effort to offer a sustainable drinking vessel for patrons.
- A Zero waste company with a 99.1 diversion rate, the UL Gold Standard with a motto of re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle.
- Since 2011, their founder is passionate about protecting the planet and its people.
- Musikfest Statistic – Since 1993, 36 million cups have been diverted, based on 800,000 mugs times 4 refills per year.
- Mugs are made from polypropylene plastic, a highly preferred recyclable plastic.
- Reducing the carbon footprint – Whirley is in PA so mugs are delivered right within PA, not state to state.
- Re-use your mugs! – It’s fun, historic and sustainable.
Recycled cardboard from all ArtsQuest programs and events
- Between the three festivals we had 90, eight-yard containers emptied. On average, a cubic yard of cardboard can be between 50-100 lbs.
- ArtsQuest recycled 54,000 pounds of cardboard across its programs and events. This avoided 77 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equal to avoiding nearly 200,000 miles of driving in a passenger vehicle!
- We’ve switched out two dozen light fixtures to LED on campus last year.
- All parking lots will be updated throughout the summer.
Energy (We use a lot of it)
- Tents, Vendors, Beer trucks run every minute.
- PPL uses a mix of electricity including renewable (solar/wind) and alternative like large hydrogen and landfill gases, adding up to 18% renewable energy per consumer. We are mindful that we are making progress in this effort.
- In 2021, we eliminated food and beverage tickets, saving $20,000 and 1 ton of paper.
The Walkability Factor – reducing emissions
- Musikfest is a festival that takes place within a very walkable city. In fact, according to the 2020 Census, there are upwards of 30,000 people that live in a one-mile radius of City Hall. Few other music festivals of our size can say the same.
- Bike racks strategically placed throughout Musikfest help to encourage more people leaving their cars at home.
- Making an impact within all of our communities, allowing for diversity and inclusion by offering over 50% of our programming for free, providing scholarships for participation and direct donations.
- Offering a diverse performer roster also helps to foster better relationships within the community.
- Helping to keep residents here, calling Bethlehem home.
- Partnering with our cities on recycling initiatives.