PRINCE CHARLES, The Prince of Wales has launched many different sustainability initiatives aimed at delivering practical outcomes. They range from The Prince’s Rainforest Project, Accounting for Sustainability and the International Sustainability Unit, to more grassroots initiatives run by Business in the Community such as Project Start and the Mayday Network of UK businesses. As well as addressing environmental challenges, The Prince promotes a more sustainable approach to planning and designing homes and communities in ways that enhance and add to the social, natural and built environment. He also co-authored the book, Climate Change with environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburg, and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards for environmentalism.

WALLACE SMITH BROECKER, Columbia University professor and researcher, was known in science circles as brilliant and the “Grandfather of Climate Science,” because he brought “global warming” into common use with a 1975 article that correctly predicted rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would lead to pronounced temperature rises. Said Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer. “He wasn’t fooled by the cooling of the 1970s. He saw clearly the unprecedented warming now playing out and made his views clear, even when few were willing to listen.” Broecker said “In the Ocean Conveyor Belt, cold, salty water in the North Atlantic sinks, working like a plunger to drive an ocean current from near North America to Europe. Warm surface waters borne by this current help keep Europe’s climate mild.” Otherwise Europe would be in deep freeze, with average winter temperatures dropping by 11C (20F) and London feeling more like Spitsbergen, Norway (600 miles north of the Arctic Circle).

AMORY LOVINS is an American writer, physicist, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has written on energy policy and related areas for four decades. He was named by Time magazine one of the World’s 100 most influential people in 2009.

JOHN BENNETT was for years the Executive Director for Sierra Club in Canada, but has also played key roles at GreenPeace and Friends of the Earth. An articulate advocate and stunt visualizer, he and a journalist famously landed a boat by the nuclear plant near Toronto, tried the back door, which opened, and wandered around for 20 minutes inside before security caught up with them. This was only one PR event he planned in long career as a dedicated environmentalist.

CELEBRITIES – There are so many! These are a few. We will keep adding.

ED NORTON, Movie actor, supports numerous green organizations including Global Green, Greenpeace, Focus the Nation, Earth Day Network, WildAid, Maasi Wilderness Conservation and Avoided Deforestation Partners.

Leonardo DiCaprio The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated tens of millions of dollars for environment protection. to more than 100 organisations committed to protecting biodiversity, safeguarding indigenous people and combatting climate change.

MATT DAMON is an avid promoter of environmental issues; he is the co-founder of, a nonprofit involved with fresh water in the developing world, and the host of Journey to Planet Earth. The PBS series of documentaries, produced by Marilyn and Hal Weiner, explores the current and projected state of the planet. 

ONE DIRECTION, pop band, joined forces with Paul McCartney, Penelope Cruz, and Robert Redford at the Rio Earth Summit to promote saving the Arctic from oil drilling and other environmental threats.

KATY PERRY, singer, is a huge supporter of clean water causes and also part of Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation.

ADRIAN GRENIER, actor was the host of Alter Eco, a show about green solutions, and also supports Global Green and Oceana.

CATE BLANCHETT, actor supports Solar Aid, providing solar light in Africa,

& the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Robert Redford, a deeply committed and great environmental champion had the Southern California green office building office of the Natural Resources Defense Council named after him, because of his commitment. He has been on the board of USGBC since 1975.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall lived in a home near Santa Barbara that was a showcase of green design and state-of-the-art energy efficiency mechanisms.

BRAD PITT, actor, led the design and rebuild of an award-winning green, storm-resistant and affordable subdivision in New Orleans after Katrina.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR., lawyer, helped found and supports Riverkeeper, which patrols rivers all over the world and sues companies that pollute them.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL, actor, supports The CarbonNeutral Company, Global Green, & the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.

JACK JOHNSON, Singer, sometimes donates 100% of his profits from tours to environmental charities. He used the profits from his 2008 tour to start the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, which works to promote positive and lasting change in the environment, arts, and music education.

JUDE LAW, actor, teamed up with Radiohead and Greenpeace on a video promoting protection for the Arctic.

ED BEGLEY JR., actor and long time Hollywood environmentalist famously cycled to the Academy Awards.

DAVID SUZUKI, scientist and actor has won numerous awards for his environmental television and film achievements, including his show, The Nature of Things.

NEILYOUNG, singer and songwriter, famously got in the face of oil companies, and invited environmentalists to speak at sold out music concerts.

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY, singer and songwriter supports numerous animal protection organizations plus Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY, singer and songwriter supports numerous animal protection organizations plus Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Former California Governor introduced many green initiatives including a plan to encourage the installment of solar panels in one million homes.

Harold OrrHAROLD ORR a Passive House pioneer is generally acknowledged as the leader of a group that built the first structure according to a model that would eventually be refined, mostly in Germany, into the passive house standard. This standard is likely one of the key solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions created by buildings. Passive houses are so well insulated that they can be heated or cooled with electric appliances that are at least 80% smaller than conventional HVAC technology. Orr’s innovations include new insulation techniques and materials, air sealing and efficient ventilation, blower-door testing and heat recycling. A housing engineer with the National Research Council, he led development of new national energy conservation protocols along with Dave Eyre, Dave Jennings, Deryl Thomson, Harry Filson, Hendrik Grolle, Bill Gibbons, Rob Dumont, George Green, Robert Besant, Garry Marvin, Fred Heal and others.

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LARSH JOHNSON, a smart grid trailblazer is Chief Technology Officer for Stem Energy in San Francisco. He worked previously at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on consumer metering, demand response, analytics, control center software and grid automation. He co-founded eMeter, a Bay Area software company developing meter data management, analytics and advanced smart grid applications. Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr, a Toshiba company. Larsh was a founding member of the Department of Energy’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a member emeritus. He earned his B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.