Jazz in the Park Will Be Greener This Year


The 2015 musical event in Wingra Park strives for zero-waste

The 24th annual party in the park is a celebration of the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) and features live jazz music, kid’s activities and a local arts and craft fair.  Jazz in the Park is supported by Monroe Street businesses including Monroe Street Green members that use the stewardship tools and innovative best practices developed by WEI (Wisconsin Environmental Initiative).

The Wingra Boats canoe rental concession at Wingra Park.  Photo by Stephen B. Glass.

The Wingra Boats canoe rental concession at Wingra Park. Photo by Stephen B. Glass.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI): “This year’s Jazz in the Park festival will feature zero waste stations with receptacles and signage to clarify which materials can be recycled or composted and where to put them. “Trash-Talker” volunteers from WEI, Badger Volunteers, the DMNA, Wingra Boats and the Friends of Lake Wingra will be on hand to direct attendees to zero waste stations and encourage proper separation of waste streams. The goal is to achieve a 50% waste reduction or more through collection of compostable and recyclable materials.”

Jazz in the Park is Saturday June 20, 2015 in Wingra Park on Madison’s near west side just off Monroe Street at Knickerbocker Street.  The Arts and Crafts Fair and Kids Activities begin at 3pm and run til 6pm.  Live music will be played from 3pm til 9pm.

“The Zero Waste in the Park initiative offers a simple, yet innovative way for festival-goers to work towards the elimination of waste in our community,” said John Imes, Executive Director of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative. “As people become more educated about the importance of zero waste and proper recycling procedures, we expect more events will work to minimize waste and maximize the reuse, composting and recycling of materials.”

Other partners in the zero-waste initiative include Monroe Street Green program, the DMNA and Wingra Boats and the Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW).

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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