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2012 Green Energy Summit and Exposition

Principal Speakers

Ed Begley Jr.

Actor
Author of Living Like Ed
Spokesperson for A. O. Smith Corporation
March 8, 2012
1:00 p.m.
Ed Begley is currently one of the hottest speakers on eco-living in America. His theme, Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live, has been received by standing ovations at over 200 events in just the last four years, with over 30 bookings already completed in 2011. His empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes:
  • How he began his 41-year eco-journey in 1970, including humorous stories about his first electric car and his first attempt at composting
  • “Everything I have done for the ‘environment’ has also been good for my ‘pocketbook’”
  • “Start with the little things – you don’t “run” up Mt. Everest!”
  • The success in California to clean up the smog – it didn’t hurt business… the economy thrived!
  • Global climate change, pollution, dependency on Mid-East oil – these are “challenges” that can be overcome!
  • Products and services that he has used that work!
  • “Our planet is an asset with value – let’s not treat it like a ‘going-out-of-business’ sale!”

When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Thoreau Institute and the Midnight Mission, His work has earned awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living Like Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his wife Rachelle Carson, who's not quite as enthusiastic about a rain barrel as he. The series has currently just finished airing its 3rd season. His first book, Living Like Ed, hit the streets nationally in February 2008, and the second book, Ed Begley's Guide to Sustainable Living came out in August of 2009.

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