This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

Tune-Yards's Climate Action Contribution

About Tune-Yards's Climate Efforts

We understand the impact of our touring on the environment, and are examining our carbon footprint, plastic and other waste creation, as we move forward with our careers in music. Our music asks listeners to make the connection between their own actions and the visible, visceral impacts of climate change on our world and, in particular, on communities most vulnerable to its effects. We commit to drawing these connections in our own choices as an organization, and to invest in carbon offset programs, minimize food and single-use plastic bottle waste by working with local promoters, and offer our fans ways to offset the carbon cost of attending our shows.

We started a fund for water-related causes called The Water Fountain which contributed to Community Water Center in California, amongst others. One dollar from tickets sold at our headlining shows goes to non-profits working for social and climate justice.

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions Tune-Yards Is Taking:


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 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.

New Climate Actions Tune-Yards Commits To Take:


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.

Areas For Collaboration

We are interested in collaborating on the following:

Electric Vehicles
  • Promoting increased charging infrastructure

HFC Phase Down
  • Encouraging states to adopt policies to phase out HFCs on an accelerated timeline

Local Collaboration
  • Collaborate on climate and clean energy action, and to advocate for stronger climate policy at the local level

Organization details

A music project led by Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner
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