I was reading articles about my one and only, Matt Damon, who is now the co-founder of Water.org. He and his celebrity friends are just like us–they endorse green. This might not be that exciting, but these organizations have merit and funding! Here’s a list I’ve borrowed from a website (source at the bottom):
1. Brad Pitt
In 2007, Brad Pitt toured the lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, an area unable to recover from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Pitt founded Make It Right, an organization with a plan to build over 150 environmentally friendly homes in the area. The Make It Right community is currently the largest greenest neighborhood of single family homes in America, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Make It Right is also constructing micro-farms, rain gardens, and eco-friendly roads throughout the 9th Ward.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation hopes to secure a sustainable future for Earth. The foundation recently committed $1 million dollars to help save tigers. In 2007, DiCaprio created, produced, and narrated Eleventh Hour, a documentary highlighting practical solutions for restoring our planet’s ecosystems.
Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989. The foundation works in 20 rainforests throughout the world and has helped protect 28 million acres of forest. Rainforest Foundation has expanded its offices into England and Norway.
4. Bode Miller
Bode Miller, an Olympic gold medalist, partnered with his family to establish Turtle Ridge Foundation . The organization empowers individuals to solve difficult environmental issues. The foundation has several programs to help America’s youth learn about the environment through recreational activities.
5. Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews started the BamaWorks Fund in 1999 to help fund programs for the environment in the Charlottesville area and has since expanded its parameters. The Bama Works Fund has contributed over $8.5 million to charities. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization helping farmers keep their land.
6. Kate Hudson
Kate and her hairstylist, David Babaii, teamed up to make a line of hair care products that are good for the environment. David Babaii for Wildaid features shampoos, conditioners, and styling products free of sulfates, petrochemicals, and animal products. All of the products were tested on Kate’s hair, not animals. The products contain natural and renewable ingredients. Ten percent of the profits from the products are donated to Wilaid . The products are very affordable.
7. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah co-founded Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance in 2006. The alliance helps educate the public on community-based biodiesel programs. The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance hopes to reduce the negative impact on our environment through energy conservation, petroleum reduction, and reduction in release of harmful emissions.
8. Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow‘s clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is an eco-friendly clothing line that features organic sustainable labeling, fair-trade cotton, and denim. The clothing line is affordable and features casual jeans, tops, vests, and jackets. Jeans start $60 and shirts start at $20.
9. Harrison Ford
In 1991, Harrison Ford formed Conservation International . The foundation uses science, policy, and field work to protect Earth’s resources. The organization helps communities, countries, and societies protect tropical forests, lush grasslands, rivers, wetlands, abundant lakes, and the sea.
10. Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson and his wife, Kim, formed the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii. Jack Johnson also established All At Once, a group that collaborates with community groups to provide sustainable local food systems, environmental education, tree planting, and other hands-on projects.