Clif Bar, makers of energy bars and known contributor to environmental causes and sustainable practices, has announced more artists joining their GreenNotes program. Artists Missy Higgins, Josh Ritter, The Duhks, Ben Kweller, and Steven Kellogg and the Sixers join existing GreenNotes artists (and festival circuit favorites) Brett Dennen, Mason Jennings, The John Butler Trio and Michael Franti as artists committed to sustainable touring practices.
GreenNotes was started in 2005 by Clif to help emerging artists who might not have the knowledge or means to tour in a more sustainable way. By educating artists and initiating and sponsoring more responsible touring practices, GreenNotes has helped bands fuel tour buses with biodiesel, offset their touring energy costs, or find sustainably-sourced merch such as organic cotton t-shirts or recycled-content tour posters. GreenNotes also encourages outreach to music fans through informative installations at venues where GreenNotes artists perform.
GreenNotes is also releasing a compilation disc of connected artists. Protect The Places We Play is available on iTunes and features twelve tracks from current and future GreenNotes artists, with 100% of proceeds benefitting environmental organizations such as Leave No Trace, Sierra Club, and the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Clif is no stranger to sustainability. They’ve set sustainable goals since 2001, and are constantly implementing new projects to promote a lighter ecological footprint. Over 70% of their ingredients are organic, and much of the intercompany shipping is done using B100 biofuels. Their field marketing team drives eight biodiesel-powered pickups. Clif employees are given incentives to drive biofuel-powered vehicles or hybrids, or to carpool, walk, bike, or utilize public transportation through their Cool Commute program. Clif also sponsors several different conservation program and donates to organizations such as the ones above, 1% For The Planet, Greenhouse Network, American Whitewater, and the Organic Farming Research Foundation.
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