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How Green is ACL – really?


Austin City Limits Festival - at Zilker Park this weekend


The Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival is one of Austin’s biggest and most well know events. Each year, the festival takes over Zilker Park, covering the rolling green hills with tents, stages, and thousands of roving music fans. This year’s line-up includes The Eagles, Muse, and Pat Green (among literally dozens of other artists) – tickets (3-day and 1-day passes) are completely sold out.

ACL is not only known for being an awesome 3-days of music next to Austin’s downtown – it is also known for being green and clean, with an abundance of recycling bins and other features that have led to ACL being called “one of the most environmentally friendly events in the world.”

This year, GreenPeace will be holding an anti-coal rally just down the road from Zilker – which will potentially end with a march right up to Zilker Park and the entrance to the ACL festival grounds.

But, how green is ACL… really?

To answer this question, Chris Searles – local Austinite and frequent Ausitn Post author – wrote this article, which features a video and soundtrack by Radiohead and explores a bit of the controversy found when suspicions of greenwashing come out in the … err… wash.

You can check out Chris’s article and the Radiohead video here.


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