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Background

Most of us are aware of the dangerous effects of the emission of greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide, on the climate. Progress on this issue depends on individuals, businesses, and governments recognizing their role in the problem and taking prompt and effective action. Touring live entertainment shows travel millions of miles each year, resulting in many thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Clark Transfer has teamed with NativeEnergy, a leading international provider of high-quality carbon offsets, to offer its customers the opportunity to offset the global warming impact of moving their productions.

For only a penny and a half ($0.015) per mile, participating productions can offset the carbon emissions from the transportation of their theatrical equipment by investing in wind power, family farm methane reduction, and other projects.

Since its launch in 2008, an impressive cross-section of the live entertainment industry has embraced the Touring Green program, as demonstrated by the growing list of program participants.

Key features of the program

The program is:

  • Easy: Clark Transfer has done the work of selecting an offset provider and projects that are effective at a modest cost.  There are many companies now offering carbon offsets.  We have researched the range of offset providers and the types of available projects and selected NativeEnergy and a strong group of independently verified projects, including methane digesters, landfill gas capture, and wind power generation.
  • Inexpensive: For a penny and a half ($0.015) a mile, productions participating in this program can offset the carbon emissions from moving their shows with Clark Transfer.
  • Effective: We have selected a blend of projects that are independently verified and effective.

Why offset?

It is widely accepted that the emission of greenhouse gasses contributes to the climate change, with great and now well-publicized consequences. It is also clear that solving this growing problem requires many actions, by governments, corporations, and individuals, including the use of alternative sources of energy and conservation to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere. For many industries, including trucking, only modest reductions of emissions are currently practicable. The best option therefore is to reduce what we can and offset the rest through funding of projects that prevent at least the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by moving our shows.

What do show get by particpating?

  1. The satisfaction of knowing that your show is making a difference on one of the most important issues of our time.
  2. The ability to communicate that your show is a proud participant in Touring Green, and to display the Touring Green logo.
  3. Participants may be included in public materials about the program.
  4. The small fee is deductible as a business expense.

Why NativeEnergy?

When we began looking at potential offset programs, we faced a bewildering array of more than 30 companies offering many different types of offsets.  We spent many hours researching these companies and projects and concluded that NativeEnergy has an excellent blend of projects and services for our needs and extensive experience working with a strong roster of business partners.  NativeEnergy has worked with us to create a custom program for our industry, designed to be easy, effective, and inexpensive.

In the ten years since the program’s inception, we have continued to monitor carefully the work of NativeEnergy and the impact of funding provided by Touring Green participants.

How does it work?

We will include in each bill a separate charge of $0.015 per mile for each trailer and remit 100% of that amount to NativeEnergy. NativeEnergy applies funds received to a group of projects such as methane digesters, landfill gas capture, and wind power generation. NativeEnergy will report to Clark Transfer about the projects funded and their impact.

What projects are being supported?

Current projects can be found on the project descriptions page.  Past projects have included (1) Wind power projects in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota and Manitoba; (2) Family farm methane digesters and separators; and (3) Landfill gas capture and power generation.