^
Keep Westword Free
4

Bands for Lands wants to green the scene

I had a very exciting conversation last week with Doug Bohm, co-founder of Bands for Lands. The Denver-based nonprofit, which has used live music and other arts to further the cause of conservation and sustainability for over a decade, is about to embark on a new initiative to increase awareness of these same issues within our city's live music venues, bars and clubs. The program, called Green the Scene, aims to decrease the negative impact that your favorite dive or dance club has on the environment.

Once upon a time, concern for the environment brought to mind the stereotype of the tree-hugging hippie. Today, however, the ecological imperative and increased awareness have brought this concern to the mainstream. As Bohn points out, "Anyone who has lived in the city or near a club has been woken up by the sound of a ton of glass bottles hitting a dumpster at three in the morning." Green the Scene aims to make sure those glass bottles get recycled. The program also hopes, in the long term, to help venues replace plastic with compostable, corn-based cups (made right here in Colorado), increase the use of solar power, convert energy-sucking club lighting to compact fluorescent and LED systems, eliminate bleached paper products and much more. This cause is being championed by bands like Light Travels Faster, all capitals, Boulder Acoustic Society and many others, and is further supported by people like Jim Norris, one of the owners of 3 Kings Tavern (which recycles all of its glass bottles) and a member of the Bands for Lands board.

Look for more details about Green the Scene in an upcoming Mile High Makeout. In the meantime, visit the Bands for Lands website for more information about how you can get involved. Also, if you eat at Watercourse today, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of your check to Bands for Lands, so you can eat something good and do something good.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.