Rolling Stone has a silly feature about the “most eco-friendly rockers.” How silly is it? Sheryl Crow made the list.
Sheryl Crow estimates she neutralized nearly 1.5 million pounds of CO2 by greening her 2010 tour by using biodegradable and compostable catering, biodiesel fuel and reusable water bottles for the band and crew. The tour’s total carbon reductions were equivalent to 81 homes not using electricity for an entire year. Portions of the tour also went toward the Laurelbrook dairy farm in Connecticut to help purchase a methane digester to reduce the amount of toxic gas entering the atmosphere. At every show Crow required an Eco-Village to house informational booths for more than 50 environmental groups. In the past, Crow worked with StopGlobalWarming.org on a college tour and partnered with ZimRide to encourage carpooling to shows. She even planned an eco-friendly baby shower in advance of her son’s birth.
Before you start thanking Crow for sacrificing so much to save the Earth, you might want to check out her house. It’s 10,264+ square feet on 150+ acres and includes a 14-stall horse barn, indoor riding arena, seven full baths, theater… it’s a long list.
Yes, it’s a “fully functional “Solar Farm” generating over 40% reduction in electric costs.” And I would assume that it is ”eco-friendly,” whatever that means. Still, even with a 40% solar power reduction in the cost of electricity, this property has to be using several times more power than the typical American home, based on size alone (heating, air conditioning, lights, pool, etc.). And that’s not considering the environmental impact of construction, maintenance, and cleaning of a massive residence like that, with its brick patios and all.
Just the mowing of that property (it appears to be well-manicured) must release far more pollutants into the air than my entire home generates. Unless the lawnmowers are, like, solar, I guess.
Crow has the right to own a massive home. And I don’t blame her for wanting a six-car attached garage. After all, she has to have some place to keep all the lawnmowers.