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Rock the Earth Newsletter: November 2009

Battle Over Roan Plateau Continues

The top of Colorado’s Roan Plateau is one of the four biologically richest areas in Colorado. The other three areas – Mesa Verde National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and Colorado National Monument – have been permanently protected as part of our national park system. The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) has observed that while the Roan lacks comparable legal protections, it “is clearly of comparable biological significance” to these national monuments and parks.  An estimated 57 threatened or sensitive animal species may live in and around the area planned for development, including sage grouse, bald eagles and the peregrine falcon. Mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk, two highly sought-after big game species, use the Roan Plateau for migration and winter habitat, and during calving (when they are particularly vulnerable). These elk and deer help support a significant economy in hunting, fishing and backcountry recreation. The Plateau also contains some of the few remaining watersheds where genetically pure, reproducing populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout can be found. And the Roan hosts a collection of rare plant communities, including some of the rarest plants in North America like the parachute penstemon (found in only five places in the world), and the Roan Cliffs Blazing Star.

In 2008, Rock the Earth, along with a coalition of conservation and sportsmen groups, sued the BLM in Federal Court for the wholesale leasing of all 55,000 acres atop the Plateau.  It is our intent to prevent the top of the Roan Plateau from being transformed into an industrial oil and gas field,  just as Colorado’s national parks and monuments would not be sacrificed in such a manner. READ MORE »

For more information on this issue, please see our RtE Roan Plateau Project Page.

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Rock the Earth Elects New Board Members

During the weekend of November 6-8, 2009, the Staff and Board of Rock the Earth converged in Denver for our Annual Retreat, strategically planning the next twelve months and electing new Board Members. It was truly a busy and productive weekend.  The weekend was capped off with the Volunteer Staff blowing off some steam and experiencing some of the VIP treatment that our generous members are getting by partying down at the Perpetual Groove concert at the Gothic Theatre. Special thanks to Steve Shalk and the Gothic for their generosity!

The new Board of Directors are as follows:  
Marc Ross (Denver, CO) - President
Rob Hillard (Frederick, MD) - Vice President
Ira Steinberg (Portland, OR) - Treasurer
Brian Hayle (San Francisco, CA) - Secretary
Jason Bau (New York, NY)
James Gooch (Cumming, GA)
Tree Plant (Santa Cruz, CA)
Steve Tighe (Oakland, CA)
Mike Tunnicliffe (New York, NY)
Sara Pekar Walsh (Palantine, IL) 

Congratulations to our new Board of Directors! In addition, Lindsay Smith and Deb Shufelt were elected to the Volunteer Staff. Please check the Rock the Earth Staff Directory in the coming weeks for complete bios of our new Staff.  

Meanwhile, in the area of departures, Lacey Fravel departs our Board after serving the organization for two years as the organization’s Treasurer. In addition, after serving the organization in a variety of capacities, we bid farewell to long-time RtE Volunteer Staffers Eric Daniels and Pari Beigi. We thank them for their years of service in helping us to Defend the Planet One Beat at a Time!

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Whole Foods Denver 5% Day

Whole Foods Market is a company committed to the support of deserving community organizations, and actively supports organic farming and sustainable agriculture that helps protect our planet. A few times each year, select stores host a 5% Day where five percent of the day’s net sales are donated to a designated non-profit organization.

On Saturday, December 12, Whole Foods Market will celebrate Community Giving Day and has selected Rock the Earth as their beneficiary.  We will receive 5% of net sales from the Colorado Blvd Whole Foods - 870 S. Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO. Rock the Earth will also be collecting cell phones for recycling at the store from 7am to 9pm (MST).  Eat well, be well and support Rock the Earth!

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Subway Mobile Phone Recycling Initiative - Rochester, NY

Rock the Earth has partnered with Subway to lead a mobile phone recycling drive across restaurants located in the Rochester, NY area.  Over the weekend of Dec 11-13, each person recycling a mobile phone at any one of the 78 Subway sandwich shops located in the region will be rewarded with a free 6” sub sandwich of their choice.  Plus, all participants will receive a 20% discount from Musictoday, redeemable on artist apparel and merchandise.  In addition, each phone is worth one entry in the Rock the Earth Mobile Phone Recycling sweepstakes, with prizes including: concert tickets to upcoming shows at the Water Street Music Hall, Rochester Nighthawks tickets, Radisson Hotel stay, digital downloads, and the grand prize: a Gibson Les Paul courtesy of the Gibson Guitar company!  

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Give a Gift That Defends the Planet!

Why not avoid the long lines this holiday season and Give your friends and family a holiday membership package from Rock the Earth! Each package includes appealing and environmentally-friendly RtE merchandise as well as the satisfaction of supporting a non-profit organization that is working hard to protect the environment for you and future generations. Our work would not be possible without the help of members and supporters like you.

Give a great gift and help support our efforts to protect beautiful and unique places like the Grand Canyon National Park's Colorado River and the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park by sending RtE membership gifts this holiday season! Packages include our 100% organic cotton t-shirts, baseball caps, refillable water bottles, CDs, DVDs, tote bags, digital download cards and one-of-a-kind posters.

As a special limited-time only, our limited edition posters by noted concert poster artists Justin Hampton, Jeff Wood, Jim Pollock, and Gary Houston are now available as gifts with all new and renewing members at the $65 level or as part of our holiday packages.

Every gift package, new membership or renewal will receive a bonus Live Download card redeemable for any MP3 Live full-concert recording from the Nugs.Net catalog, including shows from Dave Matthews, Smashing Pumpkins, Black Crowes, Phish, Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, moe., Widespread Panic, Counting Crows, Umphrey’s McGee and many others, for every $25 spent!

Go here to order your RtE Gift Package! Place your order by December 15th to ensure delivery before the holidays.

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RtE Announces New Advisory Board Member: Monika Tashman

Rock the Earth welcomes Monika Tashman to our Advisory Board. A partner at Hiscock & Barclay LLP in New York City, Ms. Tashman’s clients include gold and platinum musical artists, prominent actors, authors, producers, directors, writers, entertainment entrepreneurs and industry executives as well as literary, theatrical and new media clients. A member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Ms. Tashman's areas of Practice include: Sports & Entertainment, Intellectual Property, & Technology. READ MORE »

See Entire List of the RtE Advisory Board here »

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Mimi Fishman Foundation Rocks the Earth (again)!

For the sixth time in as many years, the Mimi Fishman Foundation is conducting an on-line auction to benefit Rock the Earth. Items donated include a New Year’s Eve VIP package from Umphrey’s McGee; a Michael Franti signed / stage-worn Spearhead shirt; a Rock the Earth baseball cap signed by Dave Matthews; autographed posters from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, String Cheese Incident, and Railroad Earth; a one-of-a-kind artist proof of Michael Everett’s Jam Cruise 2006 poster (feat. Franti, Claypool, Kimock, Umphrey’s, Denson, Fleck, etc.), a very rare Jim Griffin signed Summer Camp 2009 poster (feat. moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Gomez, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood, Wood Bros., and others), signed and numbered Richard Marx 10, 000 Lakes 2009 poster (signed by Umphrey’s McGee), and a limited edition original photo print signed by Bobby Weir and photographer Norman Sands.

The auction is now active and will remain open until Monday, December 7, so check back at often to make your bids and help Rock the Earth!

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Member Benefit: Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival (10% Off)

Rock the Earth is thrilled to partner with the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, which will be happening Dec. 12 at the Congress Theater in Chicago - Headlined by long-time RtE members / supporters - Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and featuring friends: Emmitt-Nershi, Dr. Dog and The Giving Tree Band, among others.  RtE members are entitled to receive a 10% discount on festival tickets. If you're not a current member, or your membership has lapsed, now is the perfect time to renew and to enjoy the discount.  Contact for the RtE members-only discount code.  

RtE will be on hand to help educate and engage Windy City fans about environmental issues important to the organization, the artists and community, and, once again, lead the RtE Mobile Phone Recycling Initative.  With attractive merchandise discounts and free stuff like CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and Artist Meet & Greet Passes, you're not gonna want to miss the chance to support this community improvement effort to keep old cell phones out of area landfill.   

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Rock the Earth 5th Anniversary Celebration:
Everyone Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl - Dec 2 & 3

RtE Advisory Board and Hot Buttered Rum member Matt Butler will be conducting the all-star ensemble Everyone Orchestra as part of the Rock the Earth's Fifth Anniversary / Phish after party celebration at fellow RtE Advisory Board member Peter Shapiro’s beautiful Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, NY. The first bowling alley in the world to receive LEED Certification, we are offering up for auction the best seats in the house – Lane 5, with free bowling and tickets for 8 people, each night (Dec 2nd & 3rd). Going to see Phish at The Garden and looking for something fun to do after the show?  Come join the festivities at Brooklyn Bowl with Everyone Orchestra (feat. Members of moe., Trey Anastasio Band, Phil & Friends, Norah Jones, and others).

12/2 BID HERE »  | 12/3 BID HERE»

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In the Key of Green: A Cozy, Less Costly Winter

Winter’s chill is upon us, but with some preplanning, you can keep the cold outside and warm the indoors using less energy and dollars. The best part is you don’t have to spend a bundle to do it. 

Good: Check filters in your hot air system. If they are black, they are blocking the hot air that should be circulating through, and therefore, not operating efficiently. Replacing filters is cheap and improves airflow. 

Better: Install energy efficient windows and doors, and apply fresh caulking and weather stripping around all window and door frames.  Place clear plastic over drafty windows and affix door sweeps on exterior doors.  Wrap hot pipes to prevent heat loss. 

Best: Get a home energy audit to assess your home’s efficiency and develop a plan for optimal indoor temperature control. Conduct regular checkups of your heating system to ensure its operating at maximum efficiency year-round. 

Learn more about common air leaks and how best to plug them through tips from the Department of Energy -

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RtE November Auctions: Tickets, Get Your Tickets!

November's Rock the Earth fundraising auction features very special VIP packages to upcoming concerts with Umphrey's McGee, Toubab KreweMorrissey, and the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, featuring Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Emmitt-Nershi and more!  READ MORE » 

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What Rocks YOUR Earth?! Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth

ED Shawn Kilmurray with Railroad Earth’s
Tim Carbone at Red Rocks

Music in some fashion was always around me as I was growing up. My mom and dad met at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, while he was a dance instructor and she played in the dance band that performed for the lessons. Two of my brothers were in popular bands on Long Island when I was a kid. I learned how to fly fish when I was a teenager and joined Trout Unlimited when I was fifteen. Shortly after joining TU, the Army Corp of Engineers wanted to damn Paradise Valley in Montana. I got 1,200 signatures going door to door and in school to help prevent them. That beautiful slice of this planet is still not underwater. Not long after that I was part of a human chain that attempted to stop bulldozers from breaking ground for the Shoreham-Wading River nuclear power plant in my hometown. They built it but it was never activated due to years of protest. Activism and music helped form who I am.

What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time?

Global warming is a ticking time bomb we can no longer ignore. Using it for a political football is like playing Russian roulette with the gun pointed at the collective head of the entire planet. It actually may be too late but surely if steps are not taken immediately to mitigate it, our children’s children will live in a world much like Mad Max.

What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your art?

Observing the world around me and realizing people who have power want to keep power at any cost. I try hard to be aware and awake. Doing what I can to make a difference.  

Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?

I grew up on Long Island and spent every summer of my youth by the sea. It must be in my DNA but I’m still transported by the sound and smell of the surf. It clears my head and soothes my soul.

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