LSA's Award-Winning Sustainability Initiative Enters Fourth Year
“Take Note Initiative” has reduced waste at events by 50 percent

The Take Note Initiative, the Les Schwab Amphitheater and Old Mill District's award-winning sustainability program in partnership with Monqui Presents, is back for a fourth year in 2019.

Designed to reduce waste and make the amphitheater a more environmentally friendly venue, the Take Note Initiative requires all food and beverage vendors to use 100 percent compostable dishes, utensils and cups. As part of the program the LSA has eliminated single-use water bottles and added free water filtration stations and recycling, waste and compost bins.

Concertgoers can also buy reusable LSA Silipints and Silipint Base Cups for beer, cider, wine or cocktails purchased in the venue. These versatile cups are meant to be used all season long at the venue’s 2019 ticketed shows. Purchase a reusable limited edition LSA Silipints for beer, cider, wine or cocktails of your choice for $20. Your first beverage is included in this price. Get $1 off each additional drink purchase. Cups from past years are welcome back and receive the same discount on drinks as newly purchased Silipints.

With the Take Note Initiative, the amphitheater cut total waste by a whopping 50 percent in 2016, the initiative’s inaugural year.

This past December the LSA was honored for its sustainability efforts as the venue was chosen to receive the All At Once Sustainability Award for Jack Johnson’s 2017-18 All the Light Above It Too World Tour.

The Les Schwab Amphitheater was one of only three U.S. venues to receive the award.

“I’m grateful to these venues, festivals and promoters for showing real leadership in the movement to green the music industry,” Johnson said when the All At Once awards were announced. “You are thinking outside the box to make concerts more sustainable, which also offers a better experience to the fans. … I am proud of the All At Once Sustainability Award Winners for your commitment to reduce single-use plastic and for leading by example.”

As the 2019 concert season approaches, the Amphitheater is looking at even more ways to reduce waste.

“We’re constantly evaluating what works well, what can be improved and how we can be better stewards,” says Marney Smith, director of the Les Schwab Amphitheater.“ And vetting new ideas is part of that process. We want to continue to be leaders in venue greening efforts, explore new ways to achieve our goals, and avoid trends with unproven results or unintentional consequences.”