August 2005 - The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) announced that artists participating in the Vote for Change concert tour, including Bonnie Raitt, the Dave Matthews Band, REM, and Pearl Jam, are supporting the development of eight small-scale renewable energy projects in the states they visited during their concert tour last fall. The first 1.1-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system was recently installed at the Orlo Vista school in Orlando, FL.
While several of the participating bands have purchased carbon offsets for prior tours, the artists decided to support renewable energy projects in the states they visited as a more visible and tangible demonstration of their commitment to addressing global warming and promoting a clean and sustainable energy future, as well as to thank the fans who supported the tour. BEF is managing the Vote for Change Renewable Energy Project on behalf of the contributing artists.
News Release - Coalition of Artists Leaves a Legacy of Solar Power: Orlando Elementary School First of Eight Sites to Receive Renewable Energy Systems Funded by the Vote for Change Renewable Energy Project
News Release - Vote for Change Artists Give Back to Communities
BEF Contact: Bill Jeppesen, Effective PR, Inc. (916) 941-7553
Vote for Change Renewable Energy Project Contact: Nicole Vandenberg, Vandenberg Communications (206) 447-1801