One of our readers, CPL, left a comment on a previous post pointing out what appears to be some dramatic green initiatives on the part of Live Earth organizers to make this event a massive model of sustainability. This is not your father’s concert event. We’re talking wild and wacky green all around. Here’s what we know:
- First off, John Picard, the award-winning sustainability expert and former member of President Clintonâ€™s Green White House task force, is leading the SOS team of sustainability experts. SOS (Save Our Selves) is the green group behind the entertainment at Live Earth. Anyways, their job is to follow the waste streams of this concert, and as I mentioned previously, cover their tracks with green sustainable offsets. We’re may even likely see the first concert powered entirely from the garbage of the people attending. You can read more about this type of technology here.
- Second, all electricity powering the event will be from renewable sources. From bio-diesel to solar to wind.
- All concession stands will be directed to use biodegradable plastics (corn-based) and waste will efficiently reduced through organized on-site recycling.
- CFL and LED lighting will reign supreme from on-stage to the performers’ trailers. In fact, any hotel wishing to accommodate Live Earth staff, must switch out any inefficient lights with either CFL or LED alternatives. Additionally, non-toxic cleaners will be used for cleaning, and recycle bins provided for each room.
- All air travel for Live Earth will be offset with carbon credits.
Pretty impressive, right? Organizers are hoping that such improvements create a new LEED certification for entertainment venues. I’m psyched; and based on comments here and around the web, a lot of other people are too. Are you planning on attending? Check out the Live Earth site for more information — and also hit up the unofficial site, Live Earth Concert, for news from around the web on the event. Rock on! Rock Green!