AUSTIN, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Green Mountain Energy Company,
the nation's leading provider of cleaner electricity and carbon offset
products, and Sustainable Waves, a national provider of mobile solar
powered sound and staging solutions, have announced Eco-Tunes – the
first comprehensive program for carbon neutral music tours and events. The program includes the availability of solar powered stages and sound systems, and the option for fans to purchase a Be Green Ticket for these events, which will be the nation's first green ticket program certified by Green-e, the nation's leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy.
"As a musician, I am so excited to be involved with Green Mountain and
Sustainable Waves. Anytime I can do something positive for the environment,
I'm always ready to jump in," says G. Love, front man for the band G. Love
and Special Sauce. "By making our tours carbon neutral, we embrace
alternative, renewable energy sources and a cleaner, healthier future for
our children. I'm down with the 'green' for sure."
"Eco-Tunes is unique because it offers fans, musicians, and
promoters a one stop shop for greening up their concert experiences," said
Mark McLarry, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Waves.
Green Mountain Energy Company and Sustainable Waves are partnering with several innovative ticketing agencies, such as In Ticketing and All Access
Today, to offer the new Be Green Ticket option to concert-goers
nationwide. When a Be Green Ticket is purchased, event goers are
provided with up to 1,000 kilowatts (kWh) of Green-e certified renewable
energy certificates to offset approximately 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide
(CO2,) a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. These offsets
can be applied towards the concert-goer's emissions that were generated in
traveling to the event or other household emissions. For example,
offsetting 1,300 lbs of CO2 is the equivalent of not driving a car about
1,500 miles for one year.
"This is an exciting opportunity for music fans who want to help fight
global warming by supporting new forms of renewable energy resources such
as wind, solar, and biomass energy," said Gillan Taddune, Chief
Environmental Officer of Green Mountain Energy Company. "Upgrading to a Be Green Ticket makes it almost effortless and the Green-e certification
process makes the purchase process both transparent and verifiable."
The Be Green Ticket is available now and is initially being offered
to about 500,000 fans nation wide through In Ticketing and All Access
Today. Green Mountain expects the availability to ramp up significantly
throughout the year as other ticketing agencies and artists join the
program. Look for the Be Green Ticket through these artists, venues and
festivals: Steve Kimock, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Perpetual Groove, Orpheum
Theater and Pine Mountain Amphitheater in Flagstaff AZ, Tree Sound Studios,
Harmony Festival, Boom Boom Room, 12 Galaxies, Catalyst, and Sunset
Promotions (provided through In Ticketing) along with Willie Nelson, Pat
Green, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Jake Shimabukuro (provided through All
Access Today), The Joshua Tree Music Festival and Camp Bisco.