Lucidity Festival understands the impact of throwing our event and takes complete responsibility of our social and environmental impact each year. We truly care about the land we celebrate with and are honored to deepen our relationship with the Planet each year through our sustainability initiatives.
We know large scale festivals like Lucidity are inherently UNsustainable, and each year we look to lower our impact and leave a positive mark in our wake.
We DO Green at Lucidity Festival in 4 main areas.
1. Waste Management
We take pride in our trash and have policies in place which contribute to the betterment of Santa Barbara and the Planet. In conjunction with Santa Barbara, we have created an Oak Management Plan. This plan includes mulching, earthworks for water retention in the soil, re-seeding native habitats post festival, vehicle impact on trees carbon offset and an overall regeneration plan. We participate in and support efforts to restore and preserve native ecosystems which may be negatively affected by our festival.
End Single Use Campaign – We strive to use items which are ReUsable with the intention of achieving “Zero Waste”. We have three Zero Waste Goals:
- “Zero Waste” means that nothing is waste, because everything is a resource! Zero Waste is a goal of sending nothing to the landfill, because all resources should be rethought, reused, recycled, or composted. We even have compostable toilets.
- Source Awareness: When we buy a product we accept ALL the waste it creates, from production to packaging. Flexing our purchasing power by not accepting packaging waste makes a difference, both long- and short-term.
- Waste Diversion: When we divert resources from landfill, we reduce all kinds of toxins from entering our soil, water, and air.
- For example, when organic waste (compost) sits in a landfill and decomposes anaerobically (without air), it produces methane and carbon dioxide which contribute to global warming.
- Not to mention all the toxic chemicals leached from plastics, as they decompose over hundreds or thousands of years!
2. Stewards of the Environment
Lucidity believes we all have a social responsibility to adopt an ethical ideology to support our community and Planet. We have eco-education stations throughout the festival, which help to sort all items used in the proper landfill, recycle and compost bins.
Eco2020 Lucidity Challenge 2016
The purpose of the Lucidity Eco-Challenge is to promote social responsibility by offering daily solutions to live as stewards of the environment. Our goal is to inspire and empower people to take daily actions which have a positive impact on our planet in the quest to become carbon neutral by 2020.
Our vision is for all attendees to evolve into an EcoSuperHero, a steward of the environment. Someone who is earth-conscious and understands each choice we make has an impact on another part of our planet. Someone who is aware of their surroundings and does their part to protect and spread awareness about the simple daily solutions we can all make to improve the health of our environment and planet.
This year we produced our very own Lucidity/Envision branded bamboo utensil sets which every single staff will use to inspire and empower participants to live sustainably on-the-go. Our staff also uses their own reusable containers for food and drinks. Check out our store to get your very own utensil set and Be The Change.
Through our Lucid University Courseweek (week before festival), participants will Awaken Knowledge, Engage Learning and Emerge Transformed. With subjects ranging from Permaculture Design to Embodiment and Leadership, we offer immersive educational experiences resulting in Certification of Completion. We also have a variety of sustainability and permaculture workshops during the festival to prepare you with valuable insight and tools for the future.
Lucidity Festival Eco-Tips
Recycle glass, metal, hard plastics, clean paper; Compost food scraps, soiled paper, and anything that used to be alive.
REDUCE and REUSE, bring your own reusable dishes now that the dish-washing service is no longer available! Biodegradable soap, water bottle, silverware and a tupperware is all you need to bring.
Leave styrofoam and excess packaging at home, and pack out your own trash! We are aiming for ZERO WASTE to landfill.
Help us out by picking up at least 20 pieces of litter around your campsite before you leave, no MOOP monsters! (Matter Out Of Place).
Keep in mind: our hard-working volunteers want to join you on the dance floor, not spend the whole party sorting your trash, so help us by putting it in the right place and leaving no trace!
Evaluating our energy use is very important and reducing our carbon footprint through carpool/shuttles, along with solar powered stages/villages are some of the ways we are making a huge impact. Each year we strive to lower our energy needs.
4. Food & Water
We take great pride in getting to know our vendors, our sponsors, and our community partners, finding out where ingredients are sourced and supporting businesses who have a positive social and environmental impact. Each year we partner with our local Isla Vista Food Co-op to ensure our Mindful Feeding Program which feeds 10,000 meals over the course of 10 days is serving up only the highest integrity of foods. We align with companies like Collision Cuisine and Bacon and Brine, partnering with Chefs who are changing the way we eat and grow food.
Our onsite Lucidity Farmers Market and Mindful Feeding Program receive direct buy in from local organic farms, including: Roots Farm, Garden of, Goodland Organics, Earthtrine Farms, Hilltop, Ellwood Canyon, Fat Uncle Farms, Givens Family, Finley Farms, Jiminez Farms, Sunrise Farms, Cuyama Orchards.
All of our food vendors follow our SOL (Seasonal, Organic, and Local) guidelines and we work to support local food vendors who are sourcing from local farms and grow in a way that is in alignment with our environmental ethos. We are actively building bridges between vendors and local farms throughout the entire year.
We take great pride in collaborating with forward thinking companies who treat each aspect of their business model with overall sustainability always at heart. Each vendor earns high marks upholding an environmental and social strategy as an integral component of their success.
SOL Food Vision
We envision and are working towards a future in which:
- We have a vibrant local food system that provides the majority of our needs and desires, while keeping us healthy and practicing the stewardship of our natural resources that will ensure the sustainability of that system for future generations.
- We all have the access and knowledge-base to eat well and in alignment with our values.
- We all have a deep appreciation for the natural and human systems that feed us and recognize our own roles in generating abundance and generosity.
- We are inspired to transform the way we interact with the land which feeds us, and to increasingly become better land stewards through intelligent design, mindful feeding, and community connection.
We envision and are working towards the next few years bringing big changes in the Lucidity Landscape. Imagine a few hundred acres of land where everything we build for the event, stays put… and each year, rather than build and take down, we improve and add more of our life force energy into the creation and renovation of existing stages, art, and buildings.
A venue where we are working year round to grow all the food consumed at our event, where our compost actually stays on the land and is included and adding life to the nutrient cycling process.
Where throughout the year, we host small scale gatherings based around council, permaculture, lucid living, art workshops and healing modalities of all kinds.
This is the “Sustainability” Lucidity is speaking into, and we like to call it Regenerative living. Where the sum total of our actions is actually giving more to that which gives us life, our planet Earth.