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Green Touring


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A slide show outlining The St. Olaf Band's efforts to be Carbon Neutral on tours by supporting no till farming practices.

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Green Touring

  1. 1. GREEN TOURING CMTMA Yale University Sunday September 20th, 2009
  2. 2. THE QUESTION: <ul><li>How can a large touring ensemble such as The St. Olaf Band significantly reduce its carbon footprint that results from the positive outreach of bringing a world-class musical organization to friends of St. Olaf College and the general public? </li></ul>
  3. 3. STOCARB – Seeking forgiveness for our Carbon Sins <ul><li>The St. Olaf Band has taken serious consideration to both its music abilities as well as its role in providing a positive influence on the St. Olaf and Northfield community. This year, the ensemble has felt the need to consider the effects of its annual touring activities. The ensemble has made strong efforts to recycle when possible, reduce waste, and be more conscientious consumers. In spite of these very powerful efforts, the large amount of carbon that is emitted as a result of travel remained a difficult issue to resolve in view of St. Olaf’s statement on sustainability. </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE TOUR: <ul><li>Sunday, February 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Palo Alto, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Henry M. Gunn H. S. Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Monday, February 2 </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco, CA </li></ul><ul><li>St. Mark’s Lutheran Church </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday, February 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Fresno, CA </li></ul><ul><li>California State University </li></ul><ul><li>Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday, February 4 </li></ul><ul><li>El Segundo, CA </li></ul><ul><li>El Segundo High School Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, February 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Barbara, CA </li></ul><ul><li>San Marcos High School Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Friday, February 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Thousand Oaks, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Ascension Lutheran Church </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday, February 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Oceanside, CA </li></ul><ul><li>El Camino High School Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, February 12 </li></ul><ul><li>HOME CONCERT </li></ul><ul><li>Skoglund Center </li></ul>
  5. 5. Just how much carbon did the 2009 California Tour for the St. Olaf Band generate?
  6. 6. Truck : <ul><li>8 mpg </li></ul><ul><li>5,179 total miles </li></ul><ul><li>647.38 gallons of fuel </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bus : <ul><li>6.5 mpg </li></ul><ul><li>2,280 total miles (for 2 coach buses) </li></ul><ul><li>350.77 gallons of fuel </li></ul>
  8. 8. Diesel Fuel 22.38 lbs CO 2 /gallon CO 2 lbs to MT = 1 lb x 4.5359 x 10 -4 (MT = Metric Ton)
  9. 9. TRUCK EMISSIONS: Formula
  10. 10. BUS EMISSIONS: Formula
  11. 11. Flight Emissions (for 100 passengers) MSP SFO = 1,595 miles 28.5 MT LAX MSP = 1,542 miles 28 MT  Totals: 3,137 miles 56.5 tons Emissions calculated using online carbon calculator found at
  12. 12. GRAND TOTAL….. 66.6 MT CO 2
  13. 13. The Solution? A carbon offset program set up with a local farmer using the Chicago Climate Exchange as a model .
  14. 14. Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) Trades carbon credits through agricultural sequestration practices through a well designed and carefully orchestrated trading system to carbon emitters, such as power plants, private industry, etc.
  15. 15. How? 0.6 metric tons of carbon will be sequestered per acre by leaving crop residue on the ground. So, farmers may generate carbon credits by practicing no-till farming.
  16. 17. Carbon Credits? Currently, CO 2 equivalent carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) are valued at $2.21 per metric ton of CO 2 .
  17. 18. The STOCARB Plan <ul><ul><ul><li>St. Olaf Band generates 66.6 metric tons of CO 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local producer agrees to generate 66.6 tons of CO 2 equivalent carbon credit (about 100 acres of no-till) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At current CCX pricing, to offset 66.6 metric tons of CO 2 would cost a total of $147.19, which would be provided by voluntary student donations. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 19. However!!! In standard mitigation practices, one to one offsets are rarely accepted as adequate. To achieve demonstrable, positive environmental benefits typically at least a two to one offset is required. This is what Eco-Crew proposes as a basic operational premise for STOCARB. This two to one offset would require 133.2 metrics tons of carbon credit to be purchased for $294.38, approximately $3 per member of the touring group.
  19. 20. The Players Erin Fulton (St. Olaf ‘09) Master's of Environmental Management (Class of 2011) Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University Dave Legvold Local Northfield farmer and driver of the St. Olaf Band Truck The St. Olaf Band ‘08-’09