US West Coast
Music & Arts Festival Sector Representative
Date Commenced: January 2012
After attaining my Master of Arts in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning (with a focus on Sustainable Event Management and having written my thesis on "Sustainability Considerations of Music & Arts Festivals in the United States") from Tufts University in May 2011, I did a bit of traveling throughout the western United States, documenting several festivals along the way, including Lightning in a Bottle, Raindance, and Re:Generation. Meanwhile, I was performing the duty for the second year in a row as the Sustainability Coordinator for The Big Up Festival in Ghent, New York. I have now founded my own company - called Ecotopian Enterprises - that seeks to close the knowledge and operational gap between events, primarily festivals, and ecological responsibility by providing sustainability consulting and/or waste management services to those events and organizations wishing to apply the principles of comprehensive sustainability to their operations before, during, and after the event. Aside from The Big Up Festival, my other clients include festivals such as Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Cognitive Awakening, and Wood Whomp. I am also part of the sustainable management team at Lightning in a Bottle, the most sustainable festival in the United States acccording to A Greener Festival.