Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard throws out Saturday’s 1st pitch

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard hopes to rock Safeco Field Saturday when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch. (photo credit: Karen Loria)

Pearl Jam guitarist, environmentalist, sports fan Stone Gossard will be at Safeco Field on Saturday, July 14 to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners vs. Rangers game (6:10pm start).

Gossard has been working with Washington-based environmental organization Forterra to come up with a way to help local businesses ease their impact on the environment. The result was a group called Carbon Capturing Companies, AKA C3. Last May, the Mariners were among a group of local companies that signed on to the program.

For every ticket sold to Saturday’s game through a special online offer, the Mariners will donate a tree seedling to C3. The trees will be planted in parks, right of ways, transportation corridors and natural areas as part of a program to offset carbon emissions. C3’s goal is to plant over 12,000 conifer trees, which will mitigate over 60,000 tons of carbon over their 100 year lifetime.

Because the game is one of BASF’s Sustainable Saturdays at the ballpark, during the game fans can text answers to trivia questions about C3 for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire and a Michael Saunders autographed baseball. (Spoiler alert: answers to the trivia questions are available at 16 Zero Waste Stations around Safeco Field.)

Pearl Jam has been tracking and mitigating their touring carbon for nearly eight years. For their 2009 World Tour, C3 mitigated the carbon impacts with an “urban forest restoration” in Washington. In a news release announcing the creation of the C3 program, Gossard said, “Pearl Jam recognizes that reducing your environmental impact is an important business choice. We hope to inspire other companies to make public their carbon footprint and join us on C3. Until the business community and consumers step up, the issue of climate will be kicked down the road to future generations.”

Follow this link for more information about C3 or Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy).

- RH

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