I talked last month about the great job BIG Concerts did reducing the waste at the South African, My Coke festival. The Dave Matthews Band has been putting that kind of thinking into their entire tours for years. The Climate Neutral Network recognized their 2002 tour as “Climate Cool”, and their 2007 tour helped them secure Rock the Earth’s, Planet Defenders award. The band was able to save 3.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide last year alone, by reducing waste, using bio-diesel in their trucks and selling eco-friendly concert memorabilia.
They’ve come up with more ideas for this year’s tour, like providing a spot online for concertgoers to organize car pools to get to the shows. They’re also running a couple of educational programs. They’re organizing a foot print reduction contest, while eco-legends Stoneyfield Yogurt and non-profit Climate Counts, are sponsoring an outreach program for the band.
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