The Dave Matthews Band has been selected as a United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement was made by the United Nations Environment Programme on Wednesday, which was World Environment Day.
It’s the first time a full band has been recognized with this designation. The honor salutes the BamaGreen Project, the band’s comprehensive code of environmental practices at home and on the road to reduce waste, prevent pollution and lessen the environmental impact of touring.
The Charlottesville-based band and REVERB, its nonprofit partner, have eliminated more than 120 million pounds of carbon dioxide and almost half a million single-use plastic bottles over the course of 15 years and 578 concerts.
Another part of the band’s environmental program is to educate fans and encourage them to participate, and fans have responded by raising more than $2 million for environmental causes.