Greenhouse gas emissions from audience travel are the greatest environmental impact of any live concert. At Shoreline, carbon offsets are purchased annually for the emissions from audience travel, as well as employee commuting and artist travel to Shoreline. Amphitheatres are characteristically in suburban areas, with limited access to public transport. The purchase of offsets is therefore viewed as one major way Shoreline can act to reduce the impact of its shows on the environment.
Shoreline also purchases renewable energy credits (RECs) for their annual electricity use. For every 1 MWh of electricity used annually, Shoreline purchases 1 MWh of renewable energy to enter the electric grid. In this way, Live Nation supports clean, renewable energy.
To reduce the emissions from artist trucks, Shoreline has installed shore power. Shore power allows trucks to turn off their engines and plug-in to electrical outlets at the venue. This reduces fuel costs and the greenhouse gas emissions from idling the engine unnecessarily while stationary.
To aid water conservation, Shoreline practices weather based irrigation control. The irrigation system responds to weather forecast data so the lawn is only watered when there has been no rain. Shoreline is also currently fitting all their restrooms with low flow toilets, which will save 611,460 gallons of water per month.
Shoreline has recycling stations throughout the venue next to every trashcan. Diversion of waste from landfill went up from 27% to 39% from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, Shoreline is working to greatly improve these diversion rates through a training program for all concert staff and educational materials for audience members. There are battery recycling receptacles in all backstage areas and touring artists and their crew are encouraged to recycle batteries from electronic equipment.
Only organic, locally sourced produce is used in Shoreline’s backstage kitchen.
Live Nation continues to investigate and pursue sustainability initiatives, including the potential for on-site renewable energy, additional waste reduction and diversion and more efficient transportation options for our audience.