Eco-Celeb: Dave Matthews

More prime post fodder from our dutiful readers' comments.... Run "Dave Matthews" and "environment" through Google and it'd be hard to miss reports of a tour bus rented by Dave Matthews Band dumping raw sewage off a bridge onto unsuspecting tourists passing on a riverboat below. Pretty nasty. And not very green. It still isn't quite clear what exactly happened (the driver was recently charged), but it certainly doesn't reflect well on the band's formerly sparkling eco-reputation. But given that reputation, and given the band's response to the sludge incident, we're still with TH reader Rori on her nod to Dave Matthews as an eco-celeb....Rather than passing the blame to the driver, the band began an investigation and donated $100,000 towards restoring the river outside Chicago. Just throwing money at the problem to deflect responsibility? Maybe. But we don't really know what else they could do in such a situation, especially when they may not even be at fault themselves. The rest of the work Dave Matthews and his bandmates have done for the environment goes way beyond cash (though the grants distributed by their foundation, Bama Works, total more than $2 million). They've planted trees to offset the carbon emissions of their touring, like other celebrities we're reported, but they get more creative, too: one of their projects involved scattering bikes around Charlottesville, Virginia to be used as low-impact, low-cost (free!) public transportation. Their Ben & Jerry's flavor, One Sweet Whirled, supports global warming relief and education organizations. Matthews (and his band) are aware that the environmental battle has many fronts, and we like that. And we can't imagine how someone with this level of enviro commitment would shower people with poo without it being a hideous, messy mistake. Via [by KK]

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