16,000+ ACTIONS BY FANS
SUPPORTING IMPORTANT SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
TO SUPPORT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS
52,000+ SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BOTTLES ELIMINATED
AT SHOWS BY FANS, ARTISTS, AND CREW
Since 2005, Dave Matthews Band has partnered with REVERB to reduce their tours’ environmental footprint, engage fans to take action on important environmental and social issues, and support nonprofit organizations & climate projects.
That enduring legacy of action continued on this year’s tour with increased environmental commitments from the band and their fans.
BamaGreen REVERB Eco-Village
Each night on tour, fans took meaningful action for people and the planet with REVERB in the BamaGreen Eco-Village. In all, fans took over 16,000 ACTIONS.
- 26,000+ Single-use bottles avoided by fans at shows
- 20,000+ Fill-ups at REVERB’s free water refill stations
- 11,586 Donations for custom DMB reusable Nalgene bottles
- 2,360 Fan Travel Survey submissions to help us learn more about fan travel habits and their associated carbon footprints
- 767 Music Climate Revolution Climate Quiz participants
- 692 Volunteers gave over 2,000 hours of time
- $150,000+ Raised in the Eco-Village to support nonprofits and climate projects
Dave Matthews Band’s longstanding commitment to nonprofit support and action continued on this year’s tour. In addition to REVERB, voter registration organization HeadCount, and conservation nonprofit The Nature Conservancy were featured in the BamaGreen Action Village. In all, fans took 16,811 ACTIONS with nonprofit organizations.
- 11,743 environmental actions REVERB
- 2,947 voter registrations with HeadCount
- 2,121 actions with The Nature Conservancy
Single-Use Plastic Reduction & Elimination
52,000+ SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BOTTLES WERE AVOIDED on this tour by artists, crew, and fans.
- 99% of Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles and Cups avoided backstage and in VIP areas
- Water Refill Stations set up for artists and crew backstage, in catering and on buses and in main concourses for fans
- Reusable Water Bottles and Insulated Mugs were provided for artists and crew
- Custom #RockNRefill Reusable Nalgene Bottles available to fans for donation
100% of proceeds supported nonprofits and climate projects
- Advance calls with venues led to 100% allowing fans to bring reusable water bottles
- Reusable or Compostable Serviceware used in catering and tour buses
REVERB connected with each venue prior to the tour to enhance, encourage, and support deeper sustainability efforts
- 100% of venues committed to decrease single-use plastic with efforts including eliminating extra pours and serving drinks in their original containers preventing the use of tens of thousands of single-use cups, limiting the use of plastic straws, and avoiding the sale of single-use plastic water bottles
- 100% of venues instituted a no-idling policy backstage
- 97% of venues had recycling programs; REVERB ensured recycling was available backstage at all shows
- 52% of venues offered composting
Additional Sustainability Efforts
- Farm-to-Stage: Local farm food resources used by tour catering
- Enhanced Recycling and Composting
- Battery Reclamation & Donation
• Usable batteries donated to shelters
• Dead batteries properly recycled
- Unused Hotel Toiletries Donated to shelters (otherwise they end up in landfills)
Greenhouse Gas Reductions & Measurement
After all the above efforts were made to reduce the environmental footprint of the tour, remaining carbon emissions from major sources were calculated including:
- Band + Crew Travel
- Equipment Transport and Shipping
- Venue Energy Use
- Hotel Stays
- Fan Travel
Addressing the Climate Crisis
14,000+ tonnes of CO2e neutralized
As part of their efforts to address tour carbon emissions and as part of their climate commitment with Music Climate Revolution, DMB is supporting innovative third-party verified climate projects that measurably draw down greenhouse gas pollution.
1 Million trees planted
In addition, the band continued its tree planting initiative with The Nature Conservancy, helping to plant 1 million trees. This creates a total of 3 million trees planted as part of the band’s efforts!
Methane Emissions Avoidance
Biodigesters in Mexico
In partnership with Native Energy, this project helps build and install simple biodigester units for subsistence farmers in Mexico. These units break down animal waste yielding gas that powers biogas cookstoves and water heaters as well as farm-generated fertilizer. This helps avoid methane emissions, improves air quality, and provides an alternative to expensive and harmful chemical fertilizers.
Carbon Sequestration, Biodiversity & Wildlife Protection
Medford Spring Grassland Conservation
In partnership with Native Energy, the Medford Spring Grassland Conservation project helps protect one of the last short grass prairies in Colorado from imminent conversion to farmland. This project creates a permanent conservation easement, prevents an estimated 190,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere over the next 50 years, and protects endangered habit for local plants and animals.
We want to thank everyone that helped create positive impacts for people and the planet on this tour, especially
Dave Matthews Band
Red Light Management
REVERB On-site Coordinator, Dan Hutnik
All the Fans that took action with us!