Greening the Monterey Jazz Festival

Over the last several years, Monterey Jazz Festival has embarked on several initiatives to Green the event. We have partnered with ecologically-minded companies to reduce the carbon footprint of the festival, reduce waste through recycling; minimize the use of polystyrene/Styrofoam materials, and keep our planet clean.

Partners: Ecology Action & The Offset Project

In 2015, vendors, working alongside the Fairgrounds maintenance crew and volunteers, diverted 3,920 pounds of food waste from back-of-house vendor and public eating areas during the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival.

Water Stations

Monterey Jazz Festival, in association with U.S. Pure Water, has implemented an impressive self-service filtered water program to eliminate the need for and the waste of single-use plastic bottles. Monterey Jazz Festival and U.S. Pure Water are committed to a sustainable practice for water use, acting locally while thinking globally.

All attendees of the Monterey Jazz Festival will be provided free access to multiple USPW filtered water stations (using compostable coconut shell carbon) throughout the three-day festival. Participants are asked to assist in the success of this new program by refilling and re-using drinking containers, leading to a huge reduction in plastic bottle waste from the event. Water bottles will also available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting the Festival’s life-changing jazz education programs.

Bike Valet Service

Beginning in 2008, the Monterey Jazz Festival introduced a free Bicycle Valet Parking for those patrons who are able to commute to the Festival from local hotels and residences. Provided in partnership between Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Monterey Green Action, the Free Bicycle Valet Service is located at Fairgrounds Gate 3, on the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road, at the southwest end of the Festival grounds.

Partners: Bicycling Monterey & Green Pedal Couriers