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Dave Matthews Band Named UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

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Dave Matthews Band were named as a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Program on World Environment Day on Wednesday, marking the first time a full band has received the recognition.

The band and nonprofit partner Reverb have been working together since 2005 on theBamaGreen Project, an environmental effort undertaken by the band on the road, in the studio, and at home, as well as the education, mobilization and resulting actions of DMB fans around the globe.

"It's desperate times, and we all need to work together to have hope for the future, hope for our children, and hope for the planet," Dave Matthews said at the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassadorship ceremony at their St. Louis tour stop.

For every stop of the band's North American tours, Reverb has helped design a comprehensive sustainability program to lessen their environmental impact.

The plans include using biodiesel for buses, sourcing local farms for catering, recycling and composting backstage waste and funding solar and wind energy projects.

Over the course of 15 years and 578 concerts, the band has recycled 338,000 gallons of waste, composted 138,000 pounds of food, supported 2,100 family farms and clocked 24,500 volunteer hours. Their efforts have led to Reverb being named UN Environment's Music and Public Engagement Partner as well.

(Photo: RCA Records)

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