Global Green USA, the American chapter of Green Cross International, presented its 14th Annual Millennium Awards at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California on 12 June. Global Green USA President Matt Petersen was among the honorees this year. Other award winners included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The University of California System, The W Hollywood Hotel & Residences and James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron.
The event also raised funds for Global Green’s support for the communities impacted by the Gulf Oil spill, efforts to document the devastation, fight for more legislative regulation of the oil industry and investment in renewable energy and clean technologies. Good Morning America’s Sam Champion hosted the event with Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye Smith, Michelle Rodriguez, Amy Smart, Alison Brie, Sharon Lawrence, Judy Greer, Rhona Mitra, Walton Goggins, James Kyson-Lee, Cheryl Tiegs, Bahar Soomekh and State Senator Fran Pavley were on hand to celebrate the winners.
“I am honored and humbled to join these extraordinary honorees,” said Petersen, who received the Founders Award. “All of our honorees have demonstrated their deep commitment to environmental protection through innovative and groundbreaking efforts throughout California and across the country.”
The Millennium Awards were established to recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody its mission of “fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world.” The Awards were designed to honor individuals and organizations who recognize the important connection between humankind and nature, to celebrate their success and inspire others to make such exceptional behavior the norm. They are presented annually in Los Angeles. This years honorees and their environmental leadership achievements include :
International Environmental Leadership Award: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Recognizing their 40th anniversary as a federal agency, the EPA has confronted numerous environmental challenges and helped dramatically improve the nation’s drinking water and air quality. Today, the EPA has committed to work to fight climate change, clean up our communities and work for environmental justice insuring that vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities are protected from environmental and health threats.
California Environmental Leadership Award: The University of California System
UC President Mark G. Yudof accepted the award in recognition of the UC System’s expansive leadership in constructing green buildings on their campuses, having more LEED certified buildings than any other university in the country. Additionally the University has demonstrated exemplary leadership on climate change through campus-wide sustainability action and through robust academic initiatives on climate change and clean technology.
Green Building Environmental Leadership Award: W Hollywood Hotel & Residences
Marty Collins of Gatehouse Capital is accepting the award in recognition of their contribution to advancing green building with the newly opened and first LEED certified hotel in Los Angeles, which is built above a metro station in Hollywood. The development serves as a leading example for other major metropolitan developments.
Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award: James Cameron & Suzy Amis Cameron
In recognition of their longtime commitment to environmental advocacy, specifically recognizing the global impact and environmental message of the landmark film AVATAR. Also recognizing Suzy’s work within her own community to support green schools through the founding of MUSE Elementary, a school that inspires children to live more environmentally conscious lives.
Founders Award: Matt Petersen
In recognition of his incredible leadership and bold vision during his 15 years of service at Global Green USA. This leadership drove Global Green to lead the green rebuilding of New Orleans within two weeks after Hurricane Katrina. Whether working to green affordable housing, create healthier schools, or work with Hollywood to shine the light on science and solutions, Matt’s social entrepreneurial approach has led to creative methods in addressing environmental and climate crises.