Ten Years of Austin City Limits: Which bands green the lineup in ’11?

Photo: Coldplay, Foster The People, Arcade Fire (Getty Images)

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an event that gives Texas an identity crisis and music fans a tempered dose of Dixie. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve pulled a few of our favorite, most planet-friendly acts that are doing their part to ensure rowdy decades to come.

The Nature Conservancy issued a report on eco-friendly ACL talent over the years — singling out Guster, Pearl Jam, The Roots and Jack Johnson,  who is known for having super green tours.

Those guys have all been influential in the past, but what about this year’s lineup? Who is keeping the ball rolling and bringing the message to ACL tents in 2011? Here are a few of picks:

Foster the People — With the Do Good Bus in tow on tour, these guys leave a trail of goodness wherever they go (kind of like Hansel and Gretel if breadcrumbs were community service). Though the volunteer schedule is still under wraps, we feel confident giving FtP + DGB combo a green star for clean-ups they’ll no doubt inspire on the road.

Coldplay — Last year, Martin & Co. linked up with ClientEarth to help support environmentally sound legislation. Viva la revolucion!

Arcade Fire — In an article with the insanely awesome title “Ecomusicology,” University of Minnesota’s momentum magazine points out that Arcade Fire puts on carbon neutral shows.

Cee Lo … because his last name is Green. That is all.

Which environmentally friendly band on the lineup should we pay attention to? Know an act that’s engaged in social change? Let us know!

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