by Michael dEstries
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I’ve never been to the Environmental Hall of Fame in Chicago — probably because it was just inaugurated back in June — but if it’s anything like the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, I’m in for a treat! I can see it now: Giant waterfalls, an underground rain forest, giant bust of Al Gore near the front door, Jack Johnson songs over the loudspeaker, and daily showings of Captain Planet episodes.

Still, even if it doesn’t pan out that way, I like the concept and the organization behind the Eco Hall is working hard to line up inductees and spread the word. According to the site, this honor will eventually be compared to “receiving an Academy, Emmy, or Grammy Award in the entertainment industry.”

On November 20, Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Brosnan, will be honored for their environmental activism and inducted into the Hall. Please go to the website and follow the appropriate links to see who is being honored at the National, Illinois and Chicago level. Yes, there are three environmental halls of fame!

Anyways, Brosnan has been a force on the green scene over the years — contributing more than $1 million to various environmental initiatives. We’re happy to see him and his wife become inducted — along with 36 other honorees.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES), Bradley Collins, Executive Director
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Randall Swisher, Exec. Dr.
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Leader in Urban Sustainability
Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT), Green Building Center
Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP), 80% Carbon Emissions Reduction by 2050
Chicago Department of Environment, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner
Chicago Park District, Timothy J. Mitchell, Superintendent and CEO
Chicago Public Schools, Suzanne Carlson, Environmental Program Manager
City of Naperville Renewable Energy, 8.5% Residential Participation to Date
Conscious Choice, Chicago’s Sustainable Living Magazine for 20 Years
CTA, 1.6 Million Daily Rides Reduce Chicago’s Carbon Emissions
Environment Illinois, Brian Granahan, Environmental Advocacy
Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), Karl Gawell, Executive Director
GreenPower, Michael Spitzauer, Converting Biomass into Diesel Fuel
Hunter Lovins, Sustainable and Profitable Natural Capitalism Solutions
I-Go Car Sharing, Non-Profit Car Sharing Services
Illinois PIRG (IPIRG), Brian Imus, Public Transportation Advocacy
Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA), Green Business Network
Illinois Renewable Portfolio Strategy, 15% Renewable Energy by 2020
Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), Mark Burger, Executive Director
Informed Energy Decisions, Building Energy Performance for 30 Years
James Dehlsen, Father of American Wind Energy
Kimpton Hotels, USA’s Greenest Hotel Chain
Lt Governor Pat Quinn, Chairman, IL Green Government Coordinating Council
Mark Victor Hansen, Inspiration for the Environmental Hall of Fame
Merchandise Mart, World’s Largest Green Building, Silver LEED Rating
Mike Nicklas, Innovative Design for Sustainable Schools
Museum of Science and Industry, Smart Home, Chicago’s Greenest Home
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Educating About Nature and the Environment
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Brosnan, Dedicated Environmental Activists
Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer, Mayor’s Office, City of Chicago
ShoreBank, Pioneering and Premiere Green Bank, Since 1973
Sierra Club, America’s Oldest and Largest Environmental Organization
Tim McNeil, Green Museum Exhibitions, Co-Designer of NRDC Action Center

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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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