by Michael dEstries
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Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is no stranger to Ecorazzi. We’ve profiled her eco-friendly ways many times — but in an interview with Jennifer Schwab, Director of Sustainability for Sierra Club Green Home, she opens up on how she became an environmentalist, thanks in large part to her father.

“Growing up on a ranch with lots of land and animals, I came to appreciate the beauty of nature and the simplicity of life,” she said. “It is because of this that I have an intense love for the earth and mother nature. My father instilled in me the idea of conservation at an early age and it has stuck with me since. He would take us camping for days at a time and teach us how to eat and survive off the land. He taught us how to find water, what berries to eat off trees, how to plant our own vegetables.”

Longoria adds that with such a background, she now leads by example in her own home. “To this day, I cannot be in a house where there are lights on in a room that is not being used. And I often yell at Tony for leaving the water on while brushing his teeth. I have managed to carry my conservation ideas into my own life. I don’t use bottled water in the house, we recycle, and use reusable bags at grocery stores.”

The 34-year-old actress also recently celebrated the launch of her new eco-friendly restaurant and nightclub in Vegas. From the article,

The City Center edition was created as a green version to meet LEED certification, with upgrades such as: a special $350,000 stove hood and scrubber to filter volatile organic kitchen compounds; Swarovski crystals which were reclaimed from the Oscars broadcast for use as chandeliers; reclaimed woods throughout; recycled wallpapers; recycled and compostable to-go boxes; recycled paper menus; a green cleaning crew; lots of natural light to save power during the day; locally sourced building materials to save on shipping and reduce the transportation carbon footprint.

Check out the rest of the article here.

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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  • Suzy

    You go Eva Longoria! She’s my favorite character on Desperate Housewives. Learning that she’s green makes me even more happier!

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  • faithful

    I think Eva has become business-obsessed. There is a lot of other things in life more important than ambition. I think a life knowing Jesus Christ is the most important thing you can do. And it also lasts for eternity. Things here on earth are just temporary.