Submitted by: NativeEnergy
Posted: May 27, 2008 – 10:36 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY - May 27, 2008 - Touring Broadway shows, major orchestras, and performing arts productions announced the launch of "Touring Green," a new entertainment industry initiative to help offset the impact of carbon emissions from transporting theatrical equipment. In cooperation with Clark Transfer, Inc., the leading theatrical transportation provider, and NativeEnergy, Inc., a leading international provider of high quality carbon offsets, the touring productions will offset the carbon emissions from transporting their sets, instruments, and other theatrical equipment. Offsets will be generated by new wind turbines, methane digesters on American family farms, and landfill gas projects.
Touring productions travel millions of miles every year to bring quality entertainment to people from coast to coast. The trucks transporting the equipment emit thousands of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Productions participating in the Touring Green program are helping fund short- and long-term projects through NativeEnergy to offset the impact of these emissions.
Touring Green participants currently include: American Ballet Theater, Camelot, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Drowsy Chaperone, Disney's The Lion King, La Boheme (Portland State University), Mamma Mia, Monty Python's Spamalot, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Roundabout Theatre Company's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Roundabout Theatre Company's Twelve Angry Men, the Seattle Symphony, the Washington Ballet and the Washington National Opera.
Tom Boucher, NativeEnergy's President & CEO, said, "We are very pleased to partner with Clark Transfer, Inc. and a remarkable group of Broadway shows, orchestras, and productions in this pioneering effort. Our high quality renewable energy projects reduce global warming and pollution by reducing the amount of power needed from fossil fuels. By helping build new renewable energy projects, these productions are setting a precedent in the entertainment field and taking responsibility in the fight against global warming."
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, applauded this breakthrough effort. She said, "Many of us are concerned about global warming, but one of the hardest things to do is bridge the gap between inclination and action. I am proud that Broadway and other leaders in the performing arts joined with Clark Transfer and NativeEnergy to offset emissions from moving so many of our productions. We hope that Touring Green will inspire fans of the performing arts and encourage other green initiatives."
Norma Deull, President of Clark Transfer, Inc. said, "We are delighted with the response of the performing arts community to Touring Green. Productions participating in Touring Green are leading the way to fully offsetting the impact of moving theatrical equipment in this country. We are confident that the outstanding group of projects funded by Touring Green in partnership with NativeEnergy will have a positive impact on the environment today and for years to come."
About Clark Transfer
Since 1949, the people of Clark Transfer have moved the sets, lights and costumes for countless Broadway shows, touring theatrical, musical and television productions, ballets, operas, orchestras and other show business enterprises. A family-owned business for more than 50 years, Clark is a full-service international theatrical transportation and logistics service, named in 2003 by industry publication Transport Topics as one of America's Top 20 Specialized Carriers and a winner of the 2006 Touring Broadway Achievement Award. For more information about the Touring Green program, visit www.clarktransfer.com/green.
About The Broadway League
The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Our 600-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to more than 30 million people in New York and more than 240 cities across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.broadwayleague.com.
NativeEnergy leverages market demand for carbon offsets to bring on line new Native American, family farmer and community-owned renewable energy projects. NativeEnergy offers third party verified and certified renewable energy credits and offsets from a variety of operating projects across America and internationally. Through its novel approach of bringing upfront payment to renewable projects for the estimated future carbon offsets, NativeEnergy enables its clients to help directly finance the construction of specific new wind farms and other renewable energy projects. NativeEnergy continues to focus on real, additional offsets that provide both an environmental and a social benefit, for both people and planet. More information is available at www.nativeenergy.com