Monthly Archives: March 2014

Treasure Island Music Festival – A Green Event

The Treasure Island Music Festival maintains a dedication to reducing its carbon footprint. Since the festival’s inception, about three-quarters of the waste produced has avoided the landfill due to composting and recycling initiatives. In 2013, the festival utilized biodiesel generators that significantly reduced emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Organizers are encouraging attendees to walk, use public transportation, or bike to the next event in October 2014. Attendees can take a bus to the island from downtown San Francisco. Individuals who bike to the festival can even “check” their bikes with a valet.

In order to reduce waste caused by disposable cups, the Treasure Island Music Festival will fill personal water bottles with fresh, cold water for only a dollar. Alternatively, attendees can purchase stainless steel reusable bottles and receive free refills.

Last year, all concession stands used compostable materials and recycled napkins. In addition, all printed material associated with the festival was published on recycled paper. Festival organizers look forward to furthering their commitment to sustainability with new initiatives in the years to come.


District of Columbia Honors Death Cab for Cutie in Union Station

The Union Station bus depot in Washington, DC, will soon open two new pavilions for the convenience of travelers. One of the pavilions will sell drinks, snacks, and reading materials, while the other will provide tourist information. Both feature a bright yellow face encrusted with a series of lines and dots, which are actually Morse code for lyrics from a Death Cab for Cutie Song, “Soul Meets Body.” A representative of the architecture firm who designed the yellow surfaces stated that the lyrics represent perfectly the feelings of impermanence and transience that individuals often associate with bus stations.

This honor makes Death Cab for Cutie a permanent part of Union Station and Washington, DC. Ben Gibbard, the group’s guitarist and lead singer, also prominently featured the city in the song “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” a single released through Gibbard’s acclaimed side project, The Postal Service.