Burning Man Project:
2030 Environmental Sustainability Roadmap

It’s time to rally the significant intellectual, creative, and financial resources of the Burning Man community to develop, proliferate, and scale environmental sustainability solutions.

In 2016, the nonprofit Burning Man Project purchased the 3,800-acre Fly Ranch property, which now serves as a year-round platform for Burning Man-inspired projects and ideas. Photo by George Post.

1) Introduction

The Burning Man community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

2) Three Goals

1) No Matter Out of Place. Handle waste ecologically. (2–4 years)

2) Be Regenerative. Create a net positive ecological and environmental impact. (5–8 years)

3) Be Carbon Negative. Remove more carbon from the environment than we put into it. (8+ years)

3) Three Phases

1) Measure and Reduce Impacts, Consider Offsets, Test Pilot Projects (1–2 years)

2) Offset Emissions by Purchasing Credits (2–3 years)

3) Become Regenerative (4–10 years)

4) Open Issues

5) Conclusion

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

6) Appendix

Appendix i. Roadmap: Table of Component Investigations.

Appendix ii. Contributors & Acknowledgements

The nonprofit Burning Man Project facilitates and extends a global cultural movement united in the pursuit of a more creative and connected world.