LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Army Corps of Engineers released today a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA), analyzing the environmental measures and impacts of AngelFest and demonstrating no significant negative impacts to either the environment or the community. The three-day music, arts, culture, and food festival in the Sepulveda Basin's Woodley Park will give a nod to all things LA, presenting iconic and emerging contemporary music stars, cutting edge public art and the best in regional cuisine in a beautiful, central location. Investing in the festival's motto to "Preserve Our Parks, Protect Our Water," AngelFest organizers aim to create the world's "greenest" musical festival through rigorous environmental protection and sustainability operating practices as well as donating a portion of every ticket sold to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation to be used for improving and enhancing the recreation and wildlife amenities of San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin.
"Beyond the Army Corps of Engineers' assessment reaffirming that AngelFest will not have any significant negative impacts on the environment or community in the Sepulveda Basin, we are committed to practically and proactively protecting the area's wildlife, habitat, and neighborhoods," said festival organizer Tim Sexton, co-founder of Make Good Group. "Our company was founded on the principles that environmental protection, being a good neighbor, and supporting the local economy go hand in hand. The use of pop culture to support these three pillars is fundamental to what we do and essential to creating a festival that will successfully celebrate Los Angeles and protect our hometown for our children and their children."
The Draft EA's key findings include:
No significant impacts to land, water quality, air quality, noise or biological resources.
The festival will occur outside of nesting season and will not interfere with breeding behavior or movement of species, such as birds of prey.
No potential impacts to the sensitive natural communities residing in and around Haskell Creek.
No significant impacts to public health, safety, traffic, utilities, recreation resources or waste.
Additionally, AngelFest will fully embrace Make Good's long history of environmental stewardship and commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The festival's organizers have committed to a comprehensive sustainability production and daily operations program that includes:
Aggressive recycling and composting efforts
A ban on plastic bottles and bags
Food and beverages served in compostable packaging
Reliance on the use of renewable energy and biofuels to power the festival
Reduced and efficient water use
Goods and services sourced from sustainable providers
Incentives for festival-goers to use public transportation, carpooling, or bicycles
An extensive clean-fuel shuttle bus service from locations throughout the LA basin to minimize traffic impacts in the area
Double covered fencing and sound/lighting baffling materials to protect sensitive wildlife areas
Sound and lighting systems designed and engineered to safeguard nearby nature areas, waterways, and surrounding neighborhoods
"We have been working closely with local community groups, elected officials and public agencies for nearly two years to develop a festival that will operate in harmony with our parks, the environment, area neighborhoods and our community," said Matt Walden, co-founder of Make Good Group. "We look forward to continuing this thoughtful collaboration as we work together to create a safe, fun and exciting weekend of entertainment that will enrich community life and shine a spotlight on the San Fernando Valley."
The 302-page Draft EA document, prepared by the highly respected national environmental science and planning firm ESA Associates, will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning today and concluding May 12. During that time, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to hold a public meeting on April 26 to collect public input and comments on the Draft EA. More information on the meeting time and location will be released in the coming weeks.
About AngelFest™ AngelFest is a three-day music, arts, and culture festival in the Sepulveda Basin's Woodley Park dedicated to celebrating Los Angeles. The annual world-class festival, created and produced by the LA-based Make Good Group, is designed to entertain a cross-generational audience with the best and the most cutting edge acts in contemporary music. The festival is underpinned by its twin missions:  to raise much needed money for LA's cash-strapped parks and,  to create support for organizations protecting LA's environment and our water. The festival will be infused with the many diverse cultures that make up southern California and will also highlight the extraordinary and unique contributions that the City of Angels makes in today's world.
About Make Good Group The Make Good Group is a social impact company that repositions brands into a better version of themselves. Through innovative programs and global messaging platforms, the firm helps its clients make good on their promises, make good in world, and make good stuff. The Los Angeles based collaborative group offers a unique team with wide and deep experience in sustainability, music and entertainment, sports, public policy, healthcare, energy, non-profits, design, marketing, and technology. The Emmy Award-winning group has been instrumental in groundbreaking work including successfully "greening" pro sports teams, major public utilities, large healthcare systems, managing the implementation of recycling in New York City, and producing historic environmental and poverty pop culture events such as Live 8 which aggregated a global broadcast and online audience of 3+ billion and 2+ million live spectators, on 4 continents in 9 cities on 1 day to pressure the leaders of G8 nations to agree to a concrete plan for addressing deadly poverty. Live 8 is the single largest simultaneous entertainment event in history.
About Los Angeles Parks Foundation The Los Angeles Parks Foundation was established in 2008 to raise funds to enhance, expand, preserve and promote recreation and parks for the people of Los Angeles.