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How the Grammys Got Green

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Sunday's Grammy Awards weren't just about honoring the best in music, they were also about supporting environmental awareness and conservancy. And the The Recording Academy® hoped to set the precedent with getting the Grammys to go green.

The show itself was produced to have a reduced environmental impact, which, according to their press release, meant that in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and STAPLES Center, they used renewable energy to power the venue via a month's worth of wind power, which is quickly becoming a powerful trend in energy.

More energy-saving methods went into the show, like using recycled materials for all the programs and invitations, and adding hybrid and other fuel-efficient cars into the event's motor fleet. All the event waste was slated for recycling, and the party food was organic and environmentally-friendly, with leftovers donated by Wolfgang Puck to Angel Harvest.

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But before the Grammys event got underway, a two-day eco-themed Gifting Suite was set up for nominees, musicians, performers, and the media, called "Green With Music."

The event showcased the hottest eco-friendly luxury goods and services in the offices of The South Collection in downtown Los Angeles, which is billed as the city's "only all green-eco-chic mixed used high-rise development." Pampering met green-consciousness, as entrants were treated food, drinks, and gifts that focused on awareness and indulgence alike. Along with some Grammy stars--like rockers from Evanescence (pictured)--LAist had the chance to stop by the event last Friday.