Celebrating environmentally-minded celebrities who use their star power for good, the National Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) 12th annual Forces for Nature gala – which happened last night at New York City’s Chelsea Piers – was an entirely green and festive affair. Grammy Award winning musician Lyle Lovett and former ER actress Gloria Reuben serenaded the crowd while fellow Grammy winner and eco-honoree Sheryl Crow along with Malkin Holdings President Tony Malkin and his wife/artist Shelly Malkin were feted.
Most people are aware of Crow’s tireless efforts to make the world a greener place. From her sustainable fashion line Bootheel Trading Co. and affiliation with the Green Music Group to her 2008 cross-country global warming awareness tour and general green lifestyle, she is emblematic of the type of responsible, eco-inspired leader that we need more of in this world. She was in good company with equally eco-motivated honorees the Malkins, who most recently launched an environmental solution for the NDRC called Center For Market Innovation and renovated the Empire State Building to be more energy efficient.
Those in attendance were treated to thoroughly sustainable touches, from the 100% Forest Stewardship Council-certified invitations and programs to a party-wide ban on all typical disposable items (including plastic bottles and serving ware). Tables that were adorned with seasonal floral arrangements last night are now being replanted today and diners imbibed local Duckwalk Vineyards wine along with a seriously local, organic and seasonal menu that was sourced no further than 100 miles. At the end of the soiree, all food scraps were deposited in an organic composting machine and Ms. Crow and her greenie cohorts were given a big old high five for a job well done. Sounds like a great reason for a party!