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Okeechobee Celebrates 5 Years of Sustainability Success

This Earth Day, the Florida festival Okeechobee celebrated 5 years of successful sustainable and socially conscious actions. The festival began in 2016 and has prioritized having a positive impact on the environment and local communities since its inception.

Positive impacts, as stated in a press release, include:

  • More than $420,000 monetary donations to local Okeechobee County nonprofit organizations
  • 17,395 pounds of food rescued and donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank (this equates to 26,500 meals for local community members)
  • 15,800 pounds of reusable goods rescued and donated to “Thank You For Your Service”, an organization that helps local homeless veterans
  • 21,049 positive social actions made in Participation Row
  • 4,685 festival attendees registered to vote via HeadCount
  • 100,000 plastic straws saved from landfills

Okeechobee is a partnership between Soundslinger and Insomniac, now operating as Okeechobee Experience, founded on the principles of community, creativity, spirituality, love, and respect. The camping festival is held in March each year at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida. Past headliners include Rezz, Tame Impala, Porter Robinson, and Clozee. Read more about their commitment to sustainability and social activism here. 

 

images from Okeechobee 

Written by
Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy is currently enrolled in University of San Diego’s MBA program with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. She is the cohort representative, VP of Student Organizations for the Graduate Student Business Association, and Director of Operations for Net Impact. Danielle has several years of experience in the sustainability education world and has held various positions in human resources and intern management. She also worked at a local coffee shop for about 2 years. Danielle is passionate about the ties between sustainability and social impact. She spent 8 years in colorguard, including 3 international competitive seasons.

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