LINKIN PARK Donates Tour Proceeds To Benefit Reforestation

Three years after establishing the nonprofit organization Music For Relief, the members of LINKIN PARK — vocalist Chester Bennington, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn, bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell and vocalist Mike Shinoda — are amplifying their efforts to help combat global warming and reduce their own carbon emissions on tour. Following a year in which they donated a half-million dollars toward reforestation, the band is donating $1 from each ticket sold on their recent European and UK and upcoming U.S. and Canadian dates to Music for Relief for a tree planting initiative.

Through Music for Relief, the band is also working with each venue on their upcoming U.S. tour to implement green initiatives wherever possible, including recycling, utilizing renewable energy certificates and offering preferred parking or incentives for carpools, hybrid and electric vehicles. For the much-buzzed-about Madison Square Garden show in New York City on February 21, LINKIN PARK is working with Energy Analytics, a leading New York-based energy services company and the venue to utilize Renewable Energy Credits for the equivalent amount of all electricity consumed during the concert. Energy Analytics will provide the Renewable Power Certificates utilized to offset LINKIN PARK's concert electricity needs.

By creating this partnership with Energy Analytics and electing to utilize renewable energy credits, the band can actively offset their overall carbon impact on the environment.

The tour will also see LINKIN PARK using bio-diesel fuel in trucks and buses and running shore power for buses whenever possible and offsetting when not possible. In addition, they'll be utilizing reusable kitchenware and utensils, have the tour caterer utilize locally grown organics and use recyclable materials and reusable serving products.

The tree-planting initiative sees Music For Relief teaming with nonprofit American Forests, a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration and a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry. The trees will help to restore areas damaged by wildfire where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, sequester carbon, clean our air and water. The announcement is the latest in a series of actions taken by LINKIN PARK to improve the ecosystem and tour in a more environmentally responsible manner.

LP Underground, the band's official fan club, has also made a generous donation to Music for Relief and partner American Forests to fund the planting of 100,000 new trees. The decision to donate to Music for Relief's tree planting initiative with American Forests was the result of an online vote by the fans. They chose to allocate funds to the cause that they felt would make the greatest impact.

Music For Relief will be present at all stops on the tour to encourage fans to get involved in the organization, offset their own Co2 emissions, make a donation and learn more about climate change.

LINKIN PARK is touring in support of double-platinum-selling new album "Minutes To Midnight".

U.S. dates begin February 12 at the Qwest Center in Omaha.


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