In 2010, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful honored the festival's Go Green Initiative.
Last year, it received the Keep OKC Beautiful Distinguished Service Visionary Award.
The goal is to make the 2014 festival one of the first in the state to reach the zero-landfill standard.
“We're working toward next year that we'll be composting on the grounds,” Hawthorne said. “It's just one of those things that we're trying to do our part and make our footprint as minimal as possible.”
Other eco-conscious efforts range from the strictly practical — an uptick in the number of recycle bins on the grounds, for instance — to the more artistic, including Thursday's “Trash into Fashion Style Show,” where haute couture green pieces will be judged in categories such as Most Outlandish and Most Creative Use of Materials.
“We work really hard all year long to make sure that that week of the arts festival is absolutely as good as it possibly could be,” said Peter Dolese, executive director of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. “We are a part of the culture and part of the quality of life in our community and for our state.”