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Rock the Green Sustainability Festival Returns

The 3rd Rock the Green Sustainability Festival will be held on September 17 at Reed Street Yards, in Walker’s Point. Partnered with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, the main stage will feature music from national acts Lord Huron, Robert DeLong, Best Coast, The Heavy, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Trapper Schoepp. Milwaukee artists Siren with New Age Narcissism, Great Lake Drifters, Foreign Goods, Evan Christian, NO/NO and Eagle Trace will perform on the Pedal Power Stage presented by Educators Credit Union.

Other highlights of this year’s festival are the new Eco-Kids Stage presented by Rexnord, with programming from Schlitz Audubon Center, Urban Ecology Center, Teens Grow Green, omTown Yogis and more; locally grown, sustainable and healthy cuisine in the Farm to Fork area; and a gathering of 20 local nonprofits in the Eco-Champs space providing environmental education.

Rock the Green, recognized as one of the greenest festivals in the world by the UK-based A Greener Festival, boasts numerous past benchmarks: 93 percent of generated waste being composted or recycled; 100 percent of food scraps being processed and upcycled into fertilizer; only 13 trash cans going into the landfill; and each attendee producing about one ounce of waste, compared to a U.S. Environmental Agency estimate of 16 ounces per attendee for most festivals.

Cost: $35 for general admission; $75 for VIP admission; each ticket comes with a refillable aluminum water bottle for use at the Badger Meter Free & Fresh Water Stations on the festival grounds. For more information and tickets, visit

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