Alternative rock group Guster is hitting the road — and the books — with a month-long tour of American college campuses this spring. The 12-date Campus Consciousness Tour is part of an initiative with environmental organization Reverb to educate students about environmental issues and local activism opportunities.

The venture launches April 7 at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and concludes May 2 at Albright College in Reading, PA. In addition to visiting campuses along the East Coast, the band will also push further west for an April 22 concert at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin, TX, to benefit the Hill Country Conservancy.

Despite making the rounds among the nation’s colleges, most performances are also open to the public. Show-specific admission and ticketing information can be found on Guster’s official Web site.

This is the fourth year that Guster has headlined its Campus Consciousness Tour, which began in spring 2006. In addition to evening concerts performed at each stop on the tour, partners and sponsors host workshops, set up displays and screen films to raise awareness about environmental issues.

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Co-founded in 2004 by Guster’s lead singer Adam Gardner and his wife Lauren Sullivan, Reverb coordinates eco-friendly and sustainable tour options for recording artists on the road. In the past, the organization has worked on greening projects for Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and Maroon 5, among other artists.

Guster is beginning to promote its forthcoming sixth studio album, which has a projected 2009 release date. The band’s previous effort, “Ganging Up on the Sun,” peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 following its release in June 2006.

Guster itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 7 Worcester, MA Clark University
April 10 Waterville, ME Colby College
April 16 Durham, NH University of New Hampshire
April 17 Philadelphia, PA Universty of Pennsylvania
April 19 Dayton, OH University of Dayton
April 21 Fayetteville, AR University of Arkansas
April 22 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
April 24 Richmond, VA University of Richmond
April 26 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University
April 29 Madison, WI University of Wisconsin
April 30 Milwaukee, WI Marquette University
May 2 Reading, PA Albright College