The Office of Sustainability has partnered with local event organizers – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Circuit of The Americas LLC, and ACL Live at the Moody Theater – to create the Positive Impact on Climate and Community (PICC) program.
PICC joins the City’s commitment to climate protection leadership with Austin’s unique reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. Large events and festivals in Austin involve over a million attendees annually and have a large environmental impact involving air and ground transportation, energy and water usage, food service, and material waste. By working together, the Office of Sustainability and the event organizers behind some of the largest events in the city will be able to offer a unified approach to carbon offsets to mitigate some of these impacts, while also supporting local projects that benefit the Austin community.
Now you canJOIN THE EFFORT.
Funds raised voluntarily through the Austin City Limits Music Festival will benefit the PICC program, with 50% of the dollars raised supporting Hill Country Conservancy’sViolet Crown Trail Project and 50% used to purchase third-party-verified carbon offset projects in Texas through the Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange. Art Market vendors at the Austin City Limits Music Festival will designate specialty items for sale to support PICC. You can help by checking out the Art Market at this year’s ACL Music Festival and making a PICC purchase – join the effort and support projects that benefit Austin.
About the Austin City Limits Music Festival: The ACL Festival takes place on 46 acres in Zilker Park – the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. It plays host not only to 130+ artists from across the globe, but also amazing local eats and wares, free fun for kids, green goings-on, and other cool activities to entertain you between sets.
About Hill Country Conservancy: Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) was founded in 1999 to preserve – forever – large strategic natural areas that conserve critical water features, preserve outdoor recreation opportunities, and help maintain the Hill Country’s unique quality of life. HCC works every day to preserve open space in the Central Texas / Barton Springs Aquifer region – because once Hill Country land is gone, it’s gone for good.
About the Violet Crown Trail: A 30 + mile hike and bike trail system that will be created in three phases to connect Lady Bird Lake, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – continuing south – through public lands in Hays County. This trail will not only promote the use and enjoyment of open space, it will also provide significant economic, environmental, transportation, health, and recreational benefits to the community. The trail system will encourage walkability, enhance the visitor experience, promote environmentally friendly businesses, and offer a safe family-friendly alternative means of transportation, thus reducing traffic congestion. The trail will add a new dimension to the overall quality of life in Central Texas, as well as offer first-time public access to 6,000 acres of historic ranchlands.
About the Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange: TCCX was founded in 2011 to advance greenhouse gas reduction and offset trading programs in the United States. It provides a secure and cost effective manner for cities, corporations, utilities and individuals to buy or sell certified carbon offsets voluntarily or to meet regulatory standards via its electronic trading platform.
In the coming months ACL Live at the Moody Theater and Circuit of The Americas will be making their project selections and identifying events to fund them. Stay tuned for more details on how you can join the effort and support PICC.