Environmental Responsibility

 

The Big Fresno Fair has taken enormous strides to build its “Clean & Green” Program and become a more environmentally-friendly partner and this year is no different! The Fair’s “Clean & Green” Program was started in 2006 and includes:

  • LED Lights: Now at the Fairgrounds, all light fixtures and bulbs have been converted to LED to provide brighter and more energy-efficient lighting for Fairgoers and interim rental guests to enjoy. This also has greatly reduced the Fair’s overall energy costs and positively will affect the environment.
  • Low Flow Toilets: In 2016, the Fair installed 115 new low flow toilets in the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand to help conserve water.
  • Compost Garbage Cans: Returning this year, the Fair will be providing garbage cans for compostable waste in seating areas throughout the grounds, as well as in the Livestock Pavilion. This is yet another way the Fair is promoting and educating the public on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle! During the 12 days of the 2016 Big Fresno Fair, we collected 14.37 tons of recyclables, 184.50 tons of organic waste and 212.25 tons of trash items. Total diversion rate for the 2017 Big Fresno Fair was 50%.
  • Drought Resistant AreaThe Fair is doing its part to conserve water given California’s inclination to drought years, as well educate Fairgoers on what landscaping options are drought tolerant. In 2014, a Drought Resistant Landscaping Area was added next to the Pavilion Stage as an alternative option to various types of traditional gardening that any Fairgoer can relate to when it comes to reducing the need for supplemental water! Then in 2015, a newly dedicated Union Park area was added and put on display in the Pavilion area featuring alternative landscaping options.
  • Bicycle Parking:  The Fair will continue to provide bicycle racks for those biking enthusiasts who want to ride to the Fair and help spare the air. The bicycle racks are located in the Chance Avenue parking lot!
  • Pervious Concrete: First added in 2009, this type of concrete allows water to seep through back to the water tables quicker. The Fair has placed this pervious concrete in front of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand, one of our highest traffic areas!
  • Rubber Recycling: Nearly 13,000 tires were saved from being dumped into California landfills by the Fair utilizing various tire-derived rubber flooring products that were installed around the Fairgrounds. This project was made possible by a $400,000 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management.
  • Solar Panels: In 2007, a $5 million photovoltaic system project was installed at the Fairgrounds that includes more than 14,000 solar panels. One of the largest solar panel projects in the entire Fair industry, the solar panels help produce 800KW of its own electricity daily! It costs about $25,000 annually in order to maintain the solar panels, but the Fair saves over $100,000 annually on its energy bill by using this energy-efficient technology.
  • Comprehensive Recycling Program: The Big Fresno Fair has a comprehensive recycling program that collects cardboard, paper and plastic year-round, as well as concrete, oil, grass clippings, tree trimmings and much more, saving an incredible amount of waste from our landfills. The Fair also recycles the vegetable oil from food vendors’ fryers during the annual Fair! Plus, since last year, the Fair has been adding food waste recycling to divert even more trash.
  • Electronic Recycling: In 2006, the Fair became the first fairground facility in California to serve as a collection site for electronic waste. It is illegal to dump electronic waste into landfills, so the Fair provides a convenient and free place for Fresno County residents to dispose of their electronic waste throughout the year at special recycling events. To date, the Fairgrounds has collected over 136 TONS of e-waste.
  • Grounds Improvements: The Fair has planted more than 6,500 new trees and installed more than two and a half miles of pop-up sprinklers, which has helped reduce the amount of dust in the environment and cut down on the amount of water used to keep the dust out of the air.
  • Shuttle Services: Transportation to and from the Fair will be provided from Clovis through the Fair’s Park & Ride Program. The shuttle service program started in 2006 and has gained popularity as the easiest way to travel to the Fair!
  • Chemical Free Cleaners: In 2008, the Fair started using specialized cleaners that are significantly less damaging to the environment than normal cleaners. The Fair uses 100% recycled paper towels and toilet paper.