Shelburne concerts go "green"

SHELBURNE Concerts on the Green at Shelburne Farms, sponsored by Ben and Jerrys, is going carbon-neutral thanks to a partnership between Brighter Planet of Middlebury and Higher Ground of South Burlington. The concert series, set in foothills of the Champlain Valley, hosted musicians Michael Franti and Spearhead as well as Feist earlier this summer, and will bring Melissa Etheridge, John Fogerty and Robert Cray with Keb Mo to Shelburne Farms by summers end. The process of creating the first carbon-neutral Concerts on the Green series began by determining the carbon footprint of the event. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with the series waste stream, fossil fuel use, and transportation were all measured. Carbon reduction initiatives were introduced including a robust recycling program and the use of biodegradable beer cups. Brighter Planet will complement these greening efforts by offsetting the series remaining emissions through the support of community based renewable energy projects throughout the U.S. In the fight against global warming, it is important to recognize the impact we have as large groups. Public events like the Ben & Jerrys Concerts on the Green do not need to have a detrimental effect on the planet, rather, they can become part of the solution, said Patti Prairie, CEO of Brighter Planet. Were excited that we can not only provide great music, said Alex Crothers, co-owner of Higher Ground Music, but also do our part to combat climate change. Brighter Planet and Higher Ground intend to introduce further conservation initiatives throughout the summer to engage concert-goers in the series greening efforts and reduce its overall environmental impact.

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