November is that time of the year when we all give thanks. At Rock the Earth, we give thanks to the bands with whom we’ve worked this year. We give thanks to the hundred-plus volunteers who donated time to us. We give thanks to the donors who supported us. Most of all, we give thanks for the many blessings and achievements the organization has logged in 2015.

Speaking of thanks, we are incredibly grateful for being selected by JP Morgan Chase as one of four NGOs who participated in their #Code4Good NYC hack-a-thon where, over the course of 24 hours, college students programmed a revolutionary new way for us to conduct our environmental education and activation activities and in the process beat out the competition to win the event! This new way to activate music fans couldn’t come at a better time as we announce the organization’s year-round outreach expansion to Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, our battle to protect Colorado’s Roan Plateau wages on while we also conclude our latest work with the Wilderness Society to protect the Continental Divide. Reservations for our third annual Colorado Dine Out for Earth celebrity chef benefit continue to sell, while we gear up for our third #GivingTuesday campaign (December 1) to put charitable giving front and center this holiday season.

In this month’s Key of Green we guide you on some great, green holiday gifts, recap the annual Rock the Earth Board elections, and suggest some creative ways you can turn your year-end shopping into dollars for Rock the Earth or give a holiday gift that Rocks the Earth! We also announce the first of our 2016 discount festival tickets for RtE members with discounts on WinterWonderGrass (CO & CA) passes! Finally, we wrap up with our volunteer thanks and a What Rocks Your Earth interview with legendary activist artist Peter Yarrow (Peter Paul and Mary).

We’re hitting the year’s homestretch and getting ready to close out 2015 in style!