Kicking off the countdown, in the #10 spot is Hilary Duff. You may remember her from the Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire show or from her new series, Younger. Not only is Hilary talented on screen, but she is also literally going green. Her hair is green! More importantly, Ms. Duff was an active member of USA Harvest, the now defunct Kentucky based organization that volunteered pick up from various food suppliers to deliver to soup kitchens, missions and people in need. Although the CEO of USA Harvest was sent to federal prison for 2 years for tax evasion and the organization is DUNZO, Hilary’s efforts were still there. Hilary also donated 2 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims. She is one inspiring woman!
#9 on our list is the Indiana Jones legend, Harrison Ford, who selflessly donated his own lawn in Wyoming to the Jackson Hole Land Trust as a conservation easement. The Jackson Hole Land Trust restricts development to protect wildlife and open space. Han Solo, I mean Harrison Ford, also won the Global Environment Citizen Award in 2002. Real men care about the environment!
Mr. Hanks has been riding not so dirty around California in completely electric vehicles for years. This is one of the many reasons why he is #8 on our list. Tom even made an informational video to describe how his electric Scion xB runs. The Green Mile star is going green in more ways than one. His production company’s office is even solar-powered!
Adrian Grenier is famous for his HBO series, Entourage, but you may also know him from his exploits with the eco-activist entourage for the Planet Green (now Destination America) television show. The show followed the “Green Team” as the entourage taught everyday Americans and even celebrities the steps to take to be more Earth-friendly. Vincent Chase doesn’t just talk the talk, but also walks the walk – err drives the drive, -in a Prius!
George is not only famous for his dashing good looks and epic acting skills, but he is also known for his conservation contributions. Vanity Fair magazine recognized his tireless efforts in its “green” issue of Vanity Fair. That was 9 years ago, and George is still going strong, which is why he is #6 on our list. He traded in his BMW for a Tango and was the first American to buy an electric vehicle. He has also been linked with an Oil Change International campaign, which aims to eliminate American’s dependence on foreign oil. Mr. Clooney has also supported and financially contributed to causes all over the world like the 2004 tsunami catastrophe, the Sudan crisis and more.
John Mayer, a singer, songwriter, producer, and #5 on our list, is certainly busy. But, he still has the time to go green. John Mayer’s brand AKOG (Another Kind of Green) was built from an approach that taking small steps to environmental sustainability can create great change when multiplied by a large number of participants. John also engaged Reverb, an eco-friendly, music centric non-profit, to make his summer tours completely green. A portion of the proceeds made from his concerts then went to his own charity fund, Back to You. Back to You helped fund art programs, food banks and homeless shelters.
You may have seen Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, but don’t let that movie fool you. The actress is a good teacher when it comes to going green. Cameron is actively involved with the Environmental Media Association, a non-profit focused on educating via celebrity example, for which she has filmed several public service announcements touting energy conservation. She hosted the MTV show, Trippin, which followed Cam and her friends as they traversed the globe and aided international environmental projects. Ms. Diaz also co-wrote The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. Additionally, In 2007, Ms. Diaz helped Al Gore tee off the Live Earth concert series.
Famous for her legendary breakout role in Clueless, Alicia Silverstone is definitely not clueless when it comes to going green. Alicia, a vegan, is widely known for being an animal lover. But, she has plenty of love for the planet as a whole. She resides in a solar-paneled estate in Los Angeles and has an organic veggie garden. When Alicia married her husband, Christopher Jarecki, they even had an eco-friendly wedding with vegan food, organic flowers and recycled invitations.
Coming in hot in the two spot is Mr. Brad Pitt, himself. Brad Pitt may be the most famous man in the world. He is putting that fame to use by trying to save the world one step at a time. After hurricane Katrina, Brad donated $5 million out of his pocket to the Make It Right Foundation, which aided rebuilding efforts by funding and constructing 150 green homes in New Orleans. The U.S. Green Building Council named the resulting community of homes the largest, greenest neighborhood of single-family homes in America. Brad also held a press conference that supported California’s Prop 87. California’s Prop 87 aimed to tax oil production to raise approximately $4 billion dollars and ultimately promote energy alternative fuels and efficient vehicles. In 2006, the proposition was rejected by voters. More recently, Brad Pitt’s Organization helped build green homes on a Montana reservation by building sustainable green homes for undeveloped areas.
The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street, Romeo – he’s been called many things, but ‘round here we call him #1. When it comes to going green, Mr. DiCaprio is truly an inspiration – #greensquadgoals. Not only does Leo own a $3,200 eco-friendly toilet and drive a Prius hybrid, but the star contributes on and off the big screen, to make our world a better place to live. His charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, devoted to sustainability and conservation, routinely aids and collaborates on projects designed to harmonize the developed world and the natural world in an effort to protect the last of earth’s “wild” places. Additionally, DiCaprio narrated, co-produced and wrote the The 11th Hour, a documentary on climate change. He was also creator and the executive producer of the documentary series, Greensburg, featured on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green (now Destination America). The show chronicled the sustainability efforts of a Kansas town as it worked to rebuild after being demolished by a tornado. From now on, let’s just call Leonardo, “The Wolf of Going Green.”