Established 14 years ago, the yearly Millennium Awards is held by national eco-non-profit organization Global Green USA – a branch of former Soviet Union President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s Green Cross International – in order to celebrate individuals and companies that take sustainable action to help the environment.
Winners of previous Millennium Awards include some of the most notable eco-stewards of our time, including media mogul and bison enthusiast Ted Turner, the creator of the Clif Bar Gary Erickson, the Obama administration’s former Special Advisor for Green Jobs Van Jones and Leonardo Di Caprio, Pierce Brosnan, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick (all for the Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award).
Celebrities turned out in full force at this year’s glitteringly green soiree, from Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye (who made the most of the opportunity by screening their new Save The Whales public service announcement) to Sharon Lawrence, Judy Greer, Cheryl Tiegs, Michele Rodriguez, Amy Smart, Rhona Mitra and Alison Brie, who portrays Mad Men’s Trudy.
Brie was lucky enough to wear L.A. designer Deborah Lindquist’s fantastic sonic-fabric crafted bustier and shrug, both of which incorporate recycled cassette tapes, leather and cashmere into the design.
Mitra, who achieved mainstream fame in television’s Boston Legal and is now starring in ABC’s new supernatural crime drama The Gates, expressed frustration and ‘stagnation’ regarding BP oil spill clean-up efforts because despite trying to volunteer via multiple websites, no one ever contacted her.
The longtime Global Green supporter she says that she’s “a deep lover of our planet and the beautiful animals and gifts we’ve been given that needed our help” and simply wanted to “physically put (her) hands on the situation and lend (her) free time” but after the lackluster response, she instead reached out to Global Green’s president and is in the process of exploring other ways to make a positive impact.
Among this year’s award winners were Avatar mastermind James Cameron, his wife Suzy Amis Cameron (who were presented with an award by Michele Rodriguez) the LEED certified W Hollywood Hotel Residences and the uber-sustainable University of California which boasts one of our nation’s greenest campuses.
Via LA Times Blog