Tip #9 – don’t let it get away from you


Clean As You Go and Grid Your Camp at the End!

Don’t wait until the end of the week to pick stuff up. Clean as you go. This will help you from getting overwhelmed by the mess and help keep MOOP from blowing out of reach. Then, at the end of our event, pack-up and load everything (including all trash) into your vehicles, and do a line sweep for every last bit of MOOP.

Give everyone a Ziploc bag, line them up along one edge of camp, look down and slowly walk to the other side. Make it fun! Cover your entire area looking for those last bits of MOOP: every twist tie, wood chip, cigarette butt, food scrap, carpet fiber, match, nut shell, staple, scrap of plastic …everything. Start taking down your camp Sunday, not at the last minute when patience and energy are running low. – Lorax

Catch a ride, meet a friend


Carpooling. It seems just yesterday ( really? was it really 1973? wow.) when carpooling was the new, new thing.

And now, it is again! Carpooling, Ridesharing, call it what you want–thanks to the wonder of the interwebs, the Burning Man 2007 Rideshare Board, now with 100% more seats, is ready for your commuting to the playa pleasure!

As CameraGirl put it: ” Please help us spread the word so that folks can cram more burners and toys into less vehicles than ever before… saving the world one digital-hitchhiking-thumb at a time…”

Word. Carpooling/Ridesharing to the playa is simple: you can ask for a ride, or offer one. Ask for stuff to be hauled or, wait for it, offer to haul stuff. From anywhere. On any date. Whew! Technowonder 9000!

Seriously, it’s super easy to use. So use it. And have more time/energy/money/planet to use on other stuff. Plus, new friends!

As always: comments, feedbacks, suggestions: environment ( at ) burningman.com

Reclaim, reuse, rebuild: the San Francisco Panhandle Bandshell Project

It’s projects like this that make me proud to be part of the Burning Man community in San Francisco.


Last Sunday, on a stunning sunny summer day ( hows that for alliterative?) the Black Rock Arts Foundation unveiled their latest addition to San Franscico’s artscape, and the kicker is? It’s all made from garbage.

Made from 75 reclaimed car hoods and built entirely by volunteers, it is “a full-scale, traditional bandshell for non-amplified, acoustic neighborhood performances constructed out of reclaimed, recycled and repurposed materials, located in San Francisco’s Panhandle park, just west of the Clayton Street crossing, where it will face west to the setting sun from June 23 to September 10, 2007. ”

Tip #7 Recharge, Relight

Try durable re-usable “Light-Toys” and re-chargeable batteries Instead of cheap disposable blinky lights and glow sticks. Check out cool blinky bling bling like this: http://powerflare.com/. You’ll see me sporting one of these in BRC this year. Search the web on your engine of choice for more ideas and pass them along. – Blue

Harvesting the Urban Forest of BRC

Announcing the 2nd Annual Playa Lumber Recycling Project:
Help Harvest The Urban Forest of Black Rock City, and Help Habitat For Humanity build homes for low income families.


-volunteers pose next to their catch: 42 units of reclaimed lumber. Photo courtesy Camera Girl.

For years one of the biggest complaints about leaving Burning Man wasn’t the drive
home, or the difficult reentry, or even the long wait until the next event.

Instead, it was “I can’t believe no one can use all this good wood!” It was usually said just before someone torched a huge pile that had been used for just one week, then discarded.

No more: in 2006 Burners Without Borders organized the first playa-wide wood recycling project, and it was a huge success! Six semi trucks of lumber left the playa in September 2006, and were delivered to Habitat For Humanity in Reno. According to their state director, it was the largest donation they’ve ever received.


Who is this man?

Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice, that’s who! And he’s here to tell you the news about ICE, ICE, baby!

OK, I couldn’t help myself. Sorry.

And this is only tangentially green. More ice=less rotting food=less waste. Maybe it’s more silver. Anyway, you need to know, so here tis: more ice, in more places, better hours!

‘dat’s right: this year ice will be sold at the 3 and 9’oclock plazas, as well as center camp. Hours from 9-6, and they need volunteers! So sign up already. I mean, it’s cold, there’s ice, the people in charge are the twin towers of royalty, the Ice Queen, and the Make Out Queen. Two queens enter, only ice survives!

Here’s all the deets, and a link: