As the weather starts to turn cooler, the days get shorter, and the kids head back to school, nature starts to put on its natural light show with a changing of the leaves, once again, drawing our attention to bucolic landscapes as our minds starts to slide towards the cold of winter.

Meanwhile, Rock the Earth’s extended Summer Tour soldiers on. In this edition, we’ll bring you up to speed about our work with Foo Fighters – a band that is the centerpiece of our Education & Outreach Tour throughout September. In projects, we’ll update you on our work to challenge the Army’s expanded use of the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site and our continued work to increase wilderness protections in Colorado’s Central Mountains.

The big news this month is the announcement that Rock the Earth co-founder and long-time Executive Director, Marc Ross, will be stepping aside later this year and that a search is underway for a new ED. This will only be the second time the organization will have hired someone other than Ross, and while we will be sad to see him go, we couldn’t be more excited at the prospects of fresh leadership. In this month’s Key of Green, we’ll explore the problems with and alternatives to plastic bags, and we bring you some very noted items up for auction in our September Auctions and tell you how you can help raise money for RtE by shopping online using Amazon Smile. Finally, we close out this edition of Rock the Earth Notes with our volunteer spotlight and a compelling What Rocks Your Earth? interview with eco-conscious producer and permaculture activist, The Polish Ambassador.

If you have the end-of-summer blues, this edition, full of awesome environmental and music goodness, should perk you right up!