Saturday, March 17, 2007

Rockin' in the Green World

Rock bands are increasingly greening their tours, with the help of organizations like Reverb, a consulting firm, according to the New York Times.
The organization, based in Portland, Me., was founded in 2004 by Adam Gardner, a guitarist for the indie rock band Guster, and his wife, Lauren Sullivan, who worked for the Rainforest Action Network. Reverb charges acts a fee for its consulting services and is also sponsored by green companies and other fund-raisers.

A prominent for-profit organization in the field is MusicMatters, a marketing company in Minneapolis. It works with environment-minded clients, produces events and consults with artists like the Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson on a wide range of green touring practices, down to the use of nonpetroleum-based cosmetics onstage.
“We like to consider ourselves an eco-SWAT team,” said Mr. Gardner, 33, explaining Reverb’s approach. Indeed, under its stern eye, promoters are shamed into ditching Styrofoam coffee cups from catering spreads backstage, and crew members are instructed to collect partially spent nine-volt batteries from musicians’ distortion boxes and wireless microphones.

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1 comment:

sharonfe said...

I noticed your blog entry about Reverb and I wanted to let you know about a contest Adam Gardner is judging. SIGG is a recyclable, reusable water bottle company. Their water bottles are toted by celebrities and us regular folks alike because of their great design and eco-friendly existence. The bottles are a stylish way to get a little greener. In order to find the next great eco-design for their bottles SIGG is running a great contest, which you can find at Adam Gardner will be judging the top
ten vote getters along with Inhabitat bloggers, Jill Fehrenbacher and Emily Pilloton, for a final winner.

I hope you'll find this of interest, and let me know if you'd like any additional information or any graphics.