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The Walden Woods Project Global Environmental Leadership Award recognizes significant achievement in the areas of climate stability, biodiversity, natural resource stewardship, human understanding, and global environmental policy. It draws its inspiration from the foundational thinking of Henry David Thoreau and builds upon his ageless principles of environmental stewardship, global interconnectedness, and personal responsibility.
This year’s award will be presented to Ed Begley Jr. and Rachelle Carson-Begley.
Ed Begley Jr. is the living definition of the word “environmentalist.” His lifelong commitment to protect the planet is legendary, from being one of the first to drive an electric car, to the design and construction of a net zero, solar-powered home he shares with his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley. Well before the threat of climate change went mainstream, or recycling became a household word, Ed was a passionate advocate and spokesperson on behalf of the natural environment. Currently, Ed and Rachelle host a ‘living green’ podcast, called Begleyesque. The show features celebrities and green technology experts in conversations with the Begleys and includes a question-and-answer segment on the show’s topics from audience members. The ultimate goal is saving the planet, one person or household at a time.
Ed became widely known for his acclaimed portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. More recently, he was cast in Book Club with Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenbergen and Jane Fonda; Ghostbusters with Kristen wiig and Melissa McCarthy; and a number of Christopher guest films, such as Mascots, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and For Your Consideration. He has also appeared in the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film Pineapple Express. On television, Ed can be seen on ABC’s new comedy Bless This Mess with Lake Bell and Dax Shepard.
Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most recognized and respected environmentalists in the entertainment industry. She co-starred in the highly successful reality series, Living With Ed, shown on HgTV and Discovery’s Planet Green. Recently, the Begleys completed the construction of their new Platinum leeD certified home, which she documented in two web series — One Begley Street and Our Green Home.
One of Rachelle’s first acting jobs was a recurring role on the nighttime soap, Falcon Crest. She worked in theater, starting out at the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, for two seasons before moving to the West Coast, where she has worked consistently in film, TV, and theater for 34 years. She will soon be seen in the upcoming film, Plus One, with her husband, Ed Begley Jr., and currently is developing a new show about the environment and, of course, living with Ed.
At the event, we will also present the Global Environmental Challenge Awards. To find out more about the awards and past recipients, visit our Global Environmental Leadership Award page.
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