In her first concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra in April 2017, Minneapolist native rapper-vocalist-writer Dessa shared with us an EnviroRider developed by the Minneapolis-based Effect Partners. When she returns on October 5 and 6 to perform again with the Orchestra, Dessa’s EnviroRider does, too. We are thrilled to partner with her for both the music onstage and in ways that reach far beyond Orchestra Hall.
An EnviroRider suggests a wide range of actions that we can undertake to give back to the environment before, during and following the performances. While Dessa is not alone in the music industry in making this extra effort, she has worked very closely with us to broaden the Orchestra’s environmental reach, planning unique activities at Orchestra Hall, and encouraging musicians, staff and audiences to continually be environmentally conscious.
One of these efforts involves the Orchestra’s participation in a CO2 Emissions Offset program. Vermont-based climate solutions company Native Energy has worked with our staff to calculate the total estimated cost of emissions for energy use at the October 2018 Minnesota Orchestra concerts with Dessa. In return, the Minnesota Orchestra will donate that amount to the Ethiopia Clean Water Project. This donation will help to provide upfront funding for the installation of Hydraid® water filters in homes across Ethiopia—reducing greenhouse gas pollution and bringing clean air and water to Ethiopian families.
The Minnesota Orchestra and its Environmental Sustainability Committee have remained committed to finding ways to give back to the environment including reducing CO2 emissions, decreasing food waste, supporting local sustainable agriculture and generally reducing the music industry’s environmental impact. Among the many efforts currently in place at Orchestra Hall are the Bike to Orchestra Hall program; composting and recycling options throughout our performance and administrative spaces; and a variety of partnerships with local organizations including Metro Transit, Move Minneapolis and Green Minneapolis.
If you are attending the concerts with Dessa on October 5 and 6, or any other Orchestra Hall event, you are part of this community effort!