Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:09

Chicago Band Helps Lead Green Energy Revolution

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What do high school, music, a local cafe and climate change have to do with each other? When music teacher Phil Sheaff takes his students to play the blues every week at a cafe, he makes a special commitment to combat climate change.  After covering basic costs for running a band, PH1LL and the Great Energy Transfer uses 100% of their profits to support worthwhile causes, including carbon offsetting with Carbonfund.org. From a one-time gig at a local Chicago caf�, the band has now become a weekly fixture in the Chicago music scene.� PH1LL formed the band as a creative way to teach his guitar students all the details of live performance�from equipment setup to the live performance anxiety not easily reproduced in a practice hall.� A quick hit, the band expanded its mission to make a difference in the world.� In fact, part of its name �The Great Energy Transfer� refers not only to the rhythm and blues dancing off the instruments, but also to the energy transformation that needs to occur to avoid catastrophic climate change. The band has now committed to donating all of its profits to Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects, which helps lead the economy’s transformation to a clean energy future. As the band’s success continues to grow, so have its ambitions.  In order to further lead by example, the band is saving to purchase a bio-diesel van so it can tour without worsening the climate.  They’re collecting donations through the nonprofit they’ve set up to purchase the van.  To find out more about this initiative and the rest of their creative approach to music visit their website.
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