Greening Live Nation SF

Live Nation’s San Francisco office has announced a project to reduce waste, carbon emissions and energy usage at its six Bay Area venues.

The venues taking part in the project – all owned or operated by the concert promotion giant – are Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, and San Francisco’s Fillmore, Warfield Theatre, and Punchline and Cobb’s comedy clubs.

Plans include providing upgraded parking spots at Shoreline and Sleep Train for fans who bring hybrid vehicles or four or more passengers, installing energy-efficient lighting and installing a lawn care system that could save as much as 5 million gallons of water per year, according to a company statement.

The company also plans to place more recycle bins throughout venues and offices, use eco-friendly cleaning products and recycled paper products for everything from programs to actual tickets, and has begun a multiyear initiative to turn discarded food and other waste into fertilizer.

Other planned changes at venues include backstage recycling for cell phone batteries and other electronics, as well as directions to biodiesel stations for tour bus drivers and directions to dry cleaners that don’t use hazardous materials.

Artists can even have their riders reviewed by Reverb, founded by Guster’s Adam Gardner, to make sure the demands are environmentally friendly.

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said the SF office has taken some important first steps that "will undoubtedly guide our global environmental strategy moving forward."