The Bonnaroo Works Fund, the charitable arm of the popular music and arts festival, was in Grundy County last week as volunteers participated in a weatherization program in conjunction with We Are Neutral, an initiative of Earth Givers, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization committed to creating community-based carbon offsets.
The Bonnaroo Works Fund, with support from festival ticket buyers, financed the project, which provided free energy retrofits to 100 Grundy County Housing Authority residents.
Work included the installation of energy saving compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, low flow shower heads, low- flow kitchen aerators, low- flow bathroom sink aerators, and insulation for water heater pipes.
Volunteers cleaned refrigerator coils, checking for leaks in bathrooms and kitchens and educating residents on ways to further reduce their utility bills. It is the third year for the retro-fit program.
Residents are expected to save an average of 10-15 percent on their utility bills as a result of the changes. The program is also expected to reduce carbon emissions in the community and provide long-term verifiable offsets for Bonnaroo.
“This was a great opportunity for Grundy Housing residents to lower their monthly excess utility bills,” said Derryl Graham, Director of Grundy Housing Authority.
The weatherization partnership is just another example of Bonnaroo’s continued commitment to environmental endeavors. At the festival, Bonnaroo has a number of on-site initiatives, including a robust recycling program and a permanent 50 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system that supports a notable portion of the festival’s energy needs.
Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) was seeded by the festival, and today, a $1 greening fee from every ticket sold supports environmental sustainability with special emphasis on local re-investment and asset building in the Bonnaroo communities.
“We would like to thank the several volunteers from Coffee County and Grundy County Housing Authority residents,” said Graham.