Pearl Jam Partners with Cascade Land Conservancy to Mitigate Band’s CO2 Emissions

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Pearl Jam Partners with Cascade Land Conservancy to Mitigate Band’s CO2 Emissions

Seattle rock band Pearl Jam joins forces with an urban forest restoration organization to offset the carbon emissions from its 2009 world tour
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 9:59am


Pearl Jam is an iconic rock band from Seattle, Washington that is more than just super guitar riffs and badass songs – the members are also very active in promoting political and environmental issues. When they’re not touring and selling over 60 million records around the world, they’re doing things like donating money to rainforest preservation initiatives and riding in biodiesel-fueled buses.

They’re also always trying to find new ways to fight climate change. That’s why ever since 2003 the band has partnered with various programs to offset the carbon emissions from its worldwide tours. This year the band has decided to partner with the Cascade Land Conservancy, Washington’s largest land conservation, stewardship and community building organization. The band chose the CLC because of its hometown ties and also because it wanted to restore native trees and ecosystems throughout the Puget Sound area in the state.

So, what exactly will this partnership entail? The band will be donating $210,000 to help fund the CLC urban forestry project. This money will be used to plant about 33 acres of native trees and plants in Pugent Sound, which will in turn mitigate more than 7,000 tons of carbon emissions! Now doesn’t that make you like Pearl Jam even more?

On the band’s website, Stone Gossard (the band’s guitarist and founder) said, “Businesses have an opportunity to lead the way in becoming a more conscious economy, one that views the health of our environment as inseparable from our personal and economic well being. Tracking and mitigating the band’s carbon footprint is a big first step that our business is taking in that direction, and we hope other businesses will join us in this effort."

If you’re wondering how in the world the band’s CO2 emissions were calculated, here’s the answer: they were calculated by Michael Tottenchief, climate and water adviser for Conservation International (an organization whose logo is “People need nature to thrive.”) Some of the things that he took into account were:

  • Air and bus travel for the band and crew

  • Hotel rooms and nights for the band and crew

  • The venues where the band performed

  • Every concert attendance

  • Concert equipment freight and transportation

Also included was an overall “good faith” estimate of how much CO2 fans created while traveling to and from each concert.

Pearl Jam was already a great band, but knowing that it gives back to the planet by restoring ecosystems makes it one of THE most awesome bands around. Look, singer Eddie Vedder can even capture balls of solar energy while he performs! is dedicated to our users. We focus our attention on changing the world through recycling, waste-to-energy and conservation. We reward our users for their sustainable behavior on our website, through our Greenopolis recycling kiosks and with curbside recycling programs.


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