Jack Johnson Awards Hayden Homes Amphitheater Green Team

Apr 24, 2024
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Member of Hayden Homes Amphitheater's Green Team in truck bed in front of a giant pile of cans to be recycled as part of their sustainability efforts.

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson awards Bend’s Hayden Homes Amphitheater with the artist’s All At Once Sustainability Award for his 2022-2024 Meet The Moonlight World Tour.

All At Once is Jack Johnson’s social action network that promotes positive change in communities by connecting people to non-profits committed to environmental initiatives. The award program acknowledges only a handful of outstanding venues, festivals and promoters around the world who excel in waste reduction and sustainability. “You are a leader and innovator taking action to reduce waste, promote reusables, strengthen local food systems, and support climate solutions,” Johnson said in a statement congratulating the winners.

“Many music fans want to feel part of a sustainable music community. As an artist, I’m proud of these All At Once Sustainability Award winners for inspiring the music industry with their commitment to the environment.”

This is the second time Johnson as acknowledged the Hayden Homes Amphitheater for its sustainability practices. The venue also won an All At Once award in 2018.

Since the Hayden Homes Amphitheater opened in 2002, sustainability has been a cornerstone of its business ethos. Over the years, the Hayden Homes Amphitheater has established a dedicated sustainability office and formed a Green Team with more than 130 members committed to reducing the venue’s environmental impact through measures such as installing water fill stations, providing compostable cups and utensils, and introducing cashless points of payment.

Photo: Nate Wyeth

And while many venues now offer separate recycling, trash, and compost bins, the amphitheater goes the extra mile by assigning dedicated staff to these receptacles, ensuring guests dispose of waste correctly and improving the efficiency and accuracy during the sorting process. Over the past two years the venue has diverted 78 percent of its waste from landfills thanks to these greening efforts.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Jack Johnson for all of the hard work our team and guests do to ensure Hayden Homes Amphitheater is one of the greenest music venues in the country,” said Marney Smith, General Manager for the Old Mill District and Hayden Homes Amphitheater. “Reducing our environmental impact will always be a focus of our team and accolades like this inspire us to continue looking for new, innovative ways to be a leader in that space.”

“We’re also thankful for artists like Jack who challenge venues worldwide to meet such high expectations for sustainability,” she said.

This recent recognition adds to the list of sustainability achievements for Hayden Homes Amphitheater. In 2023, the venue received three sustainability awards from Live Nation, including the top spot nationally for "Highest Scrap Value Returned," signifying the highest number of recycled aluminum cans.

Additionally, HHA was honored with the "Innovation Award" for its creative approach to waste diversion.

The Innovation Award recognized HHA’s "Trashy Golden Ticket "initiative, where golden tickets were hidden around the amphitheater, including among the garbage bins, during each concert of the season. Green Team members who discovered them were entered into a raffle for prizes. The initiative was so successful that Live Nation announced plans to replicate it at venues nationwide.

On a local level, Visit Central Oregon presented HHA with its 2023 Sustainability Award for its high waste diversion rates and the addition of nearly 300 new bike parking spaces, reducing the need for car traffic to the Old Mill District on concert days and beyond.

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