Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps's Climate Action Contribution
About Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps's Climate Efforts
As an artist, I have many platforms for speaking up about climate change and I intend to continue motivating myself, my colleagues, and my community to be active in reducing our environmental impact. Songwriting is a great place to start, but I want these efforts to be a staple of my mission as a performer and small business owner, as well.
Carbon emissions: I am a vegetarian (with minimal dairy in my diet) and make many of our band meals meat-free. Starting with that seems silly but industrial meat has a greater impact on the planet than cars. We carpool to our shows whenever possible and are looking at diesel fuel for our next touring vehicle. I would like to eventually have an electric vehicle but it is not possible for me at this time. My home studio is partly powered by solar panels!
Plastic: I bring a reusable water bottle with me everywhere and am committed to working with venues to make this the industry standard for bands and concert-goers. We give preference to environmentally-friendly festivals and venues and are noticing positive changes in the live music industry over the years. We use 100% cotton T-shirts for our merch, sourced from USA-based, fair trade, eco-conscious businesses. We are also looking into recycled vinyl and alternative CD casing for our next release (though sales for these are changing due to the increasing digital nature of the music business). I have also noticed radio stations' new music submissions shifting to digital-only, minimizing waste from disc casing and shipping.
Finances: All of our banking is done through a local credit union, in protest of big banks that help fund elections with oil companies. We are also in a position to start investing, and are looking to alternative energy companies close to home (especially considering Line 5, a known contaminant our Great Lakes).
We want to be transparent in our emissions and are proud of the Michigan music community's efforts in keeping our lakes, land, and air clean. We are making a commitment to educating ourselves, speaking up, and (most importantly) taking action for a sustainable future.
New Climate Actions Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps Commits To Take:
Commit to Reducing Waste Produced on Tour
There are many simple and easy ways to decrease waste while on tour. This includes: coordinating with venues, concessionaires and catering to reduce waste at the source by using environmentally preferable serve-ware and straws; consulting with catering to to make entire service plastic-free, aiding venues and caterers in reducing non-reusable water bottle consumption; collecting and recycling guitar strings, collecting and properly disposing of used batteries.
Commit to Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles
Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.1 By providing hydration stations on tour, encouraging fans to bring refillable water containers, where allowed to performances, and ensuring tour buses and catering are stocked with environmentally preferable hydration options, will reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles.
Commit to Reducing Energy and CO2 Emissions From Touring
All tours, big or small, can calculate and offset all emissions generated from a tour and acquire an offset of CO2 emissions. The majority of the CO2 emissions from touring are from fan travel. You can encourage fans to carpool and take mass transit to the shows to reduce this.
Commit to Educating Concert Attendees on the Environmental Impact of Tour
Action cannot be taken without awareness. Develop sustainability messaging for your website, social media content, or engage concert attendees on pledges to reduce CO 2 e missions, eliminate single-use plastic bottles, etc.
Commit to Reducing Food Waste
Every year in the United States, approximately 31% (133 billion pounds) of the overall food supply is wasted, which impacts food security, resource conservation, and contributes to the 18% of total U.S. methane emissions that come from landfills2. Coordinate with caterers and venues to donate excess food to local shelters and food banks, where regulations allow it.
Areas For Collaboration
We are interested in collaborating on the following:
- Encouraging more aggressive state energy efficiency policies
- Aggregating demand for electric vehicles with other actors
- Encouraging more aggressive state targets for electric vehicles and GHG standards
- Promoting increased charging infrastructure
HFC Phase Down
- Encouraging states to adopt policies to phase out HFCs on an accelerated timeline
- Promoting greater participation in voluntary programs to phase out HFCs
- Collaborate on climate and clean energy action, and to advocate for stronger climate policy at the local level
- Enacting policies and programs that cut fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas production
- Scaling initiatives to reduce methane from livestock and increase production of on-farm renewable energy
- Supporting adoption of state-level policies to reduce methane from upstream and midstream oil and gas operations
- Supporting implementation of methane leak detection technology and processes in aging infrastructure
- Developing in measurement and monitoring systems to target efforts and track progress
- Encouraging states to adopt incentive programs for forest management, tree cover expansion, and soil health
- Promoting science-based targets for GHG emissions and removals in agricultural supply chains
- Aggregating demand for renewable energy with other actors
- Encouraging more aggressive state renewable energy policies
- Supporting states, cities, and utilities in decarbonizing their energy supply