Yes. Dave Matthews actuall has a rathe large reputation for being eco-friendly, being known for promoting green causes and even investigating their own eco-issues, something other “Green” bands a frontment have been loathe to do.
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Dave Matthews has been known to be an environmentalist. However, in 2002 Dave Matthews was sued for dumping human waste in a Chicago River.
AUGUST 25–Claiming that a Dave Matthews tour bus driving on a Chicago bridge dumped “80 to 100 gallons of liquid human waste” on dozens of people taking a river boat tour, the Illinois attorney general yesterday sued the band and one of its drivers for $70,000. According to the Cook County Circuit Court complaint, a copy of which you’ll find below, as the Matthews coach drove on the Kinzie Street bridge, the “contents of the bus’ waste tank were released through the drain at the bottom of the bus and were discharged down through the open grating onto the bridge deck, into the river and onto the sightseeing tour boat.” The band and driver Stefan Wohl have denied they were responsible for the fetid August 8 cascade, which landed, the AG reported, on “persons with disabilities, senior citizens, a pregnant woman, a small child and an infant.” But Chicago cops reportedly have surveillance tapes showing the bus on the bridge at the time of the incident.
Dave Matthews is big on being eco-friendly. He participates in Farm Aid – a benefit concert along with other big name musicians who aim to raise money towards supporting America’s family-owned farmers. The Dave Matthews Band also founded BAMA Works Fund in 1999 to spread the word of environmentalism in their homestate of Virginia – it’s since grown into an international foundation and donated over $8.5 million to various charities since.
As for the suit against DMB for dumping waste into the Chicago River, all charges were dropped in 2005. The band apologized and donated $100,000 in total to Illinois environmental programs and agreed to let the state know of where they planned to dump their waste for the next five years after the suit was dropped. They also have been known to promote recycling at their concerts and advocate carpooling to their shows to cut on CO2 emissions.
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