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O.A.R., Reverb visits Wake Forest to help raise environmental awarenes

November 3, 2008

For the Wake Forest University Student Union, the O.A.R. concert scheduled for Nov. 12 is not just about the music—it’s about creating a “greener” environment.

The band O.A.R. has partnered with Reverb for the environmental non-profit group’s third annual Campus Consciousness Tour (CCT).  While on campus, O.A.R. will address campus environmental issues and sustainability at a series of events throughout the day which will culminate with the concert at 7:30 p.m.

“By bringing this tour to Wake Forest, we hope to educate today’s youth about the ways in which we can improve our surroundings and create a greener world for generations to come,” said Katie Cooper, Wake Forest sophomore and attractions chair for the Student Union. 

“If this tour communicates just one thing, it’s that the smallest of actions add up to huge global impact,” said Adam Gardner, co-director and founder of Reverb and singer/guitarist for the band Guster.  “If each of us made a few changes in our lives it would make a big difference. It’s not ‘all-or-nothing.’ I've seen this in action and it really works. Since Reverb began in 2004, with everyone’s participation, we’ve reduced over 84,000,000 pounds of global warming emissions.”

All below CCT events are free and open to the public.    

11 a.m.  Biodiesel Fueling Demo, Lot B adjacent to Benson University Center. 

Many of the buses and trucks associated with the CCT run on biodiesel fuel.  These vehicles will be refueled, and Reverb members and biofuel representatives will be available to answer questions.

Noon- 1 p.m.  Town Hall Forum, Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.

The forum will feature representatives from Reverb, Oxfam America and Climate Counts, band members from O.A.R. or Virginia Coalition, and Lacy Robinson, a member of the Wake Forest Student Environmental Action Coalition (S.E.A.C).  They will address a range of environmental issues including environmentalism within the music industry and the effects of climate change on the most impoverished people in the world.  The forum will also include a question-and-answer session and discussion about campus “greening” and sustainability.  In addition, all attendees will be entered in a raffle to win VIP tickets to the O.A.R. concert.

6:30 p.m.  Consciousness Pavilion, Hearn Plaza in front of Wait Chapel

A pavilion will be set up where visitors can learn about “green” products, companies and opportunities and sample organic food products.  Visitors can also participate in a carbon offset program and buy carbon emission credits. 

Wake Forest undergraduate biology students and Miles Silman, professor of biology at Wake Forest, performed the research in the Amazon Andes last summer that led to the creation of the carbon emission credits Reverb uses to offset their tours. 

All those who participate in the carbon offset program will be entered into a raffle to win prizes, including a guitar signed by O.A.R. Wake Forest student groups, including S.E.A.C and WFU Biofuels, will also be represented.

The Campus Consciousness Tour is a project of Reverb, which aims to help educate, inspire and motivate students on the importance of environmental issues and make their campuses more “green.” 

The O.A.R. concert will be held in Wait Chapel at 7:30 p.m.  The opening band will be Virginia Coalition.  Online tickets for the concert are $29.50 and will be available until the day of the concert or until all seats are sold.  Tickets can be purchased at 

The concert is funded in part by the Student Activities Fee.  For more information, call (336) 758-5697.

Media interested in covering any of the events should contact the News Service at (336)758-5237.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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