Chase Presents Earth Day Green Apple Festivals in Eight Cities

NEW YORK, New York, April 7, 2008 (ENS) – The financial services firm JPMorgan Chase has signed on as the presenting sponsor of Earth Day Network and Green Apple Festivals in eight large U.S. cities April 18-20, billed as “America’s largest Earth Day celebration.”

This Earth Day, some 500,000 people are expected to attend the interactive and free public Green Apple Festivals and Earth Day on the National Mall on Sunday, April 20 and across the country at: New York City’s Central Park, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, Miami’s Bicentennial Park, Denver’s City Park, Dallas’s Fair Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and Los Angeles’ Santa Monica Pier.

With assets of $1.6 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries, Chase is enjoying its new role as benefactor to the Earth Day Network [] and the Green Apple Festival who will put on their annual worldwide celebration of the Earth the week of April 22.

“As presenting sponsor of the festival, we continue our commitment to preserving and enhancing the environment,” said William Daley, head of JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Corporate Responsibility. “By pooling resources with Green Apple Festival and the Earth Day Network, we can engage communities across the country and help protect the environment for future generations.”

Part of a poster for the Los Angeles Green Apple Festival. (Photo courtesy GAF)

A weekend of music and environmental awareness will culminate on Sunday, April 20 with free festivals occurring simultaneously across the United States.

The talent lineup for the festivals includes The Roots & Friends • Los Lonely Boys • The Neville Brothers • Ziggy Marley (Solo Acoustic) • Ricky Skaggs • Thievery Corporation (DJ Set) • The Derek Trucks Band • Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums • Taj Mahal • Gov’t Mule • Big Head Todd & The Monsters • Menudo • Arrested Development • Meshell Nedegeocello • Umphrey’s McGee • Martin Sexton…and more! More details at:

“Chase has pledged more than financial support for the weekend-long Festival,” says Peter Shapiro, founder and executive producer of the Green Apple Festival, “They’ve come onboard with man-power, ideas and additional resources in a way that extends their involvement with local communities to positively impact the environment.”

In the days leading up to the event, from April 18-19, about 150 clubs across the country will become “Green Apple Venues.” Organizers plan to introduce environmentally friendly practices and products to participating facilities.

The more than 1,000 entertainers will be encouraged to speak about Earth Day from the stage, according to Shapiro, who owned the environmentally focused New York venue Wetlands Preserve. Bands will be asked to make a donation to an environmentally oriented charity.

Now entering its third year, the Green Apple Festival was founded by Shapiro and Zenbu Media, a music media company that publishes Relix, Global Rhythm, Metal Edge and Metal Maniacs magazines and co-produces the Jammy Awards.

JPMorgan Chase is marking Earth Day 2008 by upping its global greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal to 20 percent by 2012 as compared with the company’s 2005 emissions as a baseline.

The bank is adding 20 to 30 “green branches” this year in Texas, Colorado, the New York Tri-state area and the Chicago area.

The new Chase branches will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, Silver certification with low irrigation plant landscaping, solar reflectance, recycled materials in walls, floors and ceilings, higher efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, and Energy Star appliances, the corporation said.

Chase and JPMorgan volunteers are helping local organizations raise environmental awareness and clean up parks, waterfronts and neighborhoods in six of the festival cities.

As part of their Green Apple Festival commitment, Chase is supporting the Earth Day Network’s Green Schools pilot program in low to moderate income schools in New York, Chicago and Denver.

In Green Schools, teachers will plan lessons about plants and ecosystems. Schools will conduct energy audits, install energy-efficient roofing, and use recycled materials and non-toxic products as a future model for schools nationwide.

“We are honored that Chase has agreed to support the Green Schools projects this year, which will bring healthier schools and environmental learning to these model schools,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.

Earth Day Network, EDN, the nonprofit organization created by the original founders of Earth Day in 1970, this year is working on getting out the Green Vote. If people want to do one thing for the planet, register to vote, EDN says on its website.

The National Mall event in Washington, DC will bring together world environmental leaders, community activists, talented entertainers and crowds in the hundreds of thousands to make what the organizers hope will be one of the largest Earth Day gatherings in U.S. history.

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