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Dave Matthews


Dave Matthews
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Dave Matthews' Bama Green Project — a spinoff of his Bama Works Fund charitable organization — is partnered with environmental nonprofit Reverb, and is dedicated to educating DMB fans around the world about how to take simple and positive steps to save the Earth. By using a biodiesel-fueled tour bus, reducing waste and eating locally while on tour, Matthews' band has managed to retroactively neutralize the carbon footprint of its entire touring career.

Adele


Adele
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Adele's environmental efforts aren't just good for the planet, they're good for her home life: Her friend, Simon Konecki, is the CEO of Drop4Drop, a British charity dedicated to alleviating the world's water crisis by funding sustainable, local clean water solutions in countries around the world. The famously social-media-shy singer tweeted her support for Drop4Drop, and let her fans know she'd start tweeting herself if 10,000 people started following Drop4Drop.

Radiohead


Radiohead
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Nearly as averse to carbon footprints as they are to conventional song structures, Radiohead are renowned for their environmentalism. In addition to joining causes like Friends of the Earth, they've made their tours as eco-friendly as possible: they send their gear via ship instead of airfreight, their buses run on biofuel, they use water flasks instead of disposable plastic cups and they encourage their fans to take public transportation to their shows (the greener the better, of course).

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Perry Farrell


Perry Farrell
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The Jane's Addiction frontman converted his travelling Lollapalooza festival — which since its inception has provided a platform for numerous environmental causes — to an annual event in Chicago's Grant Park in 2005. Since then, he's worked hard to make sure the weekend fest benefits the local community by donating portions of the proceeds to the city's park projects. "Doing a party, and then leaving no carbon footprint; leaving it actually enhanced and beautified," Farrell has said, "is what the dream was for Grant Park and that is definitely happening."

Perry Farrell
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U2


U2
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The most impressive part of U2's environmentalism is that they have time for green work at all with their dedication to causes like (RED), UNICEF and Amnesty International. But one of U2's earliest eco-friendly actions was working with Greenpeace in the early Nineties to protest the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in England. More recently, they worked with Greenpeace to protest the destruction of the Khimki forest in Russia, which ultimately helped save the woodland area.

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Green Day


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In 2006, Green Day partnered with the National Resources Defense Council to raise awareness about America's dependency on oil, and started greendaynrdc.com to launch their campaign, Move America Beyond Oil. The project is designed to mobilize and empower music fans to demand clean and renewable energy solutions. Fans can get environmental tips, donate, send messages to political leaders and watch videos from the band. Also available: Green Day + NRDC dog tags, made from 100 percent recycled metal. If you're a fan of Green Day and environmentalism, welcome to paradise.

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The Roots


The Roots
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In addition to their work with organizations like PETA and the Common Ground Foundation, the Roots are heavily involved with environmental groups. They played the Earth Day Climate Rally in Washington, DC, work to neutralize their C02 emissions while on tour and — alongside acts like Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson — partnered with environmental nonprofit Reverb to found the Green Music Group, which aims to facilitate the large-scale greening of the music community as a whole.

Bat for Lashes


Bat for Lashes
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Natasha Khan has said her band's name "conjured up Halloween-y images," but that's nothing compared to the tales she told about her drafty living conditions as a student. "Over our two-year let it got to the point where you'd have to dodge at least 20 slugs living off the moisture in the carpet." So, what's a girl to do? She joined Friends of Earth's Warm Homes initiative in her native England, urging citizens to contact members of Parliament to demand government action toward heating homes in energy-efficient ways.

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Phish


Phish
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With a rigorous tour schedule and a rabid fan base, Phish have long used their influence to promote awareness about environmental issues through their WaterWheel Foundation, which oversees the band's charitable activities. Founded in 1997, the group raises funds for nonprofits in each community that Phish visit on tour through fan donations, sales of WaterWheel merch and items autographed by the band. With a focus on clean water, land conservation and urban gardening, they've donated more than 1 million dollars to over 400 groups.

Neil Young


Neil Young
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He's been to Hollywood, he's been to Redwood, he's been a miner for a non-black gold. Neil Young was one of the first eco-friendly rock stars, and practically pioneered the use of biodiesel fuel in the rock community. His 2004 tour used 15 vehicles that ran on fuels made partially from soybeans and vegetable oil. Young is also the owner of LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental refitted into a more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle, which Young hopes to use as a model for future low-emission cars.

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Sheryl Crow


Sheryl Crow
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Crow made a concerted effort to go green during her 2010 tour by using biodegradable and compostable catering, reusable water bottles and biodiesel fuel, and neutralized nearly 1.5 million pounds of C02. That's the equivalent of 81 homes not using electricity for an entire year. Another co-founder of the Green Music Group, she's continued to live and tour in environmentally conscious ways, and her farming community in Tennessee is working with the NRDC to find ways to get completely off the grid.

Cloud Cult


Cloud Cult
Cody York

Cloud Cult husband-and-wife team Craig and Connie Minowa founded Earthology Records in Minnesota in 1997, with a focus on developing eco-friendly products. They literally started the label from the ground up: They built a recording studio on an organic farm and powered it with geothermal energy. They repurposed old CD jewel cases, printed liner notes with soy ink on recycled paper and packaged them in biodegradable shrink wrap. In 2009, they founded the Earthology Institute, a nonprofit that advocates green living.

Cloud Cult
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Jack Johnson


Jack Johnson
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Former pro surfer Jack Johnson clearly cares about the environment, having co-founded the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation with his wife in his native Hawaii to support environmental education in schools. As the owner of Brushfire Records, he requires distributors to engage in Earth-friendly implementations, and the label produces CD covers using only recycled paper. He also constructed the label's building out of eco-friendly materials, powers the recording studios from solar panels and insulated the building with cotton scraps from old blue jeans.

Pearl Jam


Pearl Jam
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Since 2003, Pearl Jam have been engaged in a number of carbon mitigation programs. They hired an environmental scientist to calculate the metric tons of carbon-dioxide output from each of the band's tours, and have proceeded to allocate a portion of road profits for environmental projects. Their Carbon Portfolio Strategy donated $100,000 to nine nonprofits working on climate change and renewable energy. More recently, they donated $210,000 to plant 33 acres of native trees and plants in and around Puget Sound.

Linkin Park


Linkin Park
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If there's been a hurricane, tsunami or other natural disaster in the past 10 years, chances are, you'll find Linkin Park there. LP's nonprofit, Music for Relief, was founded in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and has raised more than $6 million for survivors of disasters across four continents, including Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, China's Wenchuan earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In addition, they've worked with Habitat for Humanity to build houses in New Orleans and Haiti.

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Björk


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Arguably Iceland's biggest export (take that, unwrought aluminum!), Björk has long been involved in campaigns to save her homeland's natural resources. In 2008, she co-founded the Nattura campaign, which sought to highlight the threat of the expanding aluminum-smelting industry to Iceland's natural beauty, and released a single of the same name to draw international attention to the cause. She's also partnered with an Icelandic financial firm to launch a venture capital fund to support the creation of sustainable industries in Iceland.

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Justin Timberlake


Justin Timberlake
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In 2011, the triple threat was honored for his commitment to living a green lifestyle with the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards. Timberlake was lauded for his efforts to create a carbon neutral footprint while on tour, lending his celebrity to promote environmental causes (like Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors) and keeping actual greens green at his eco-friendly golf course outside his hometown of Memphis. And as a 6 handicap on the course, JT rarely has any divots to replace.

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Maroon 5


Maroon 5
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As a co-founder of the Green Music Group, Maroon 5 has worked with Reverb to green their tours, host nonprofit organizations in Reverb's Eco-Village and run their buses with biodiesel fuel. Adam Levine and Co. are particularly concerned about energy use, and they've teamed up with movements like Vote Solar to give voice to personal energy reduction and alternative energy sources. In 2006, they picked up the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards for their efforts.

KT Tunstall


KT Tunstall
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From the get-go, KT Tunstall has worked hard to make sure her music career is an environmentally sound endeavor. Dating back to her 2004 debut record, Tunstall has worked to neutralize her carbon production. She planted 1,500 trees in her native Scotland, donated to renewable energy causes in Sri Lanka and worked with the Carbon Neutral Company to help her track her environmental impact on tour. And while she's since sold the 18th century cottage she turned into an eco-friendly home, there's at least one less drafty, energy-draining house in England.

KT Tunstall
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Will.I.Am


Will.I.Am
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No stranger to remixes, Will.i.am has partnered with Coca-Cola to create EKOCYCLE, a new stand-alone brand meant to inspire new things made in part from recycled material and making "sustainable living cool." They've taken big steps toward that goal by offering products from Beats and New Era that are partially made from recycled materials. They also sell a 3D printer that isn't just partially made from recycled material, it lets you create new objects using post-consumer plastic.

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