by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Home, People.

cate.jpgCate Blanchett, star of Best Picture favorite Babel, has joined a growing crowd of celebrities taking their homes off-grid. She recently converted her residence in the Hunters Hill district of Sydney, Australia into a “green house”, fully powered by solar energy. Her environmental ambitions may also soon take the Sydney Theater Company (where she and her husband are artistic co-directors) in a more eco-friendly direction. From the article,

““We intend to initiate discussions with companies with the aim of making the building self-sufficient, to green the building,” Upton told a press conference. “We are talking solar panels, rainwater, the works. This would ideally generate enough power to do a whole season off-grid. This would be the first theatre company in the world to do that.”

I never realized how green Blanchett was. Apparently, she’s also contributed a great deal to the Forest Guardians, one of the more active environmental groups in the U.S. “In a press release, the recipient group didn’t disclose the amount, but it did call Blanchett’s gift a “substantial donation.” Blanchett said she “forged an intimate connection to the land” after filming a Ron Howard flick called “The Missing.”

Is this woman the ‘down-under’ version of ‘Living With Ed’? Let’s hope her plans for the Sydney Theater Company come through. Would love see a performance in that type of venue.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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