Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ShopToEarth Enviro PRO-file: Ed Begley

Emmy Nominated Actor, Friend of the Planet, ShopToEarth Next Step Speaker

ShopToEarth likes good company and “Mr. Eco” himself, Ed Begley, will be joining STE during their annual Next Step Event, January 2010. Best known as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the hit television show St. Elsewhere, Begley’s long career as an environmental activist threatens to outshine his onscreen accomplishments.

Since 1970, Ed Begley has been striving to live harmoniously with the Earth. At that time, he became a vegan, recycled and got his first electric car - a Taylor-Dunn golf cart. Today, Begley owns a home powered entirely by solar and wind, rides a bicycle or bus rather than drive his current electric car – a Toyota RAV4 EV- and has his own line of eco-friendly household cleaners.

Begley’s commitment to saving the planet has no boundaries. In November of 2008, he gave Thanksgiving with his family to participate in a promotion backed by the Hunter Fan Company which required him to travel to five cities in five days to generate awareness about saving money on energy bills. He and his wife, Rachelle Carson, currently have their own hit reality show on HGTV called ‘Living with Ed’ which gives viewers an inside look at the challenges of living an eco-friendly life.

Considered an environmental leader in Hollywood, Ed Begley has served on the boards of several associations and foundations dedicated to environmental education and implementation of solutions that help the planet. The list includes the Environmental Media Association, the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, The American Oceans Campaign and Tree People.

His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from such noteworthy eco-groups as the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Coalition for Clean Air. Ed Begley is also a member of several worthwhile organizations such as the Friends of the Earth, Thoreau Institute and the Earth Communications Office.

ShopToEarth is honored to have Ed Begley speaking at The Next Step Conference January 29-31st in Orlando, Florida. Ed will be educating ShopToEarn Representatives about the environmental challenges facing us today and what we can do to be a part of the solution.

If you haven’t already done so, visit your Virtual Office to register for The Next Step. You can also tune into the ShopToEarth Twitter or Facebook account for live updates on what’s happening at the conference. However, we much prefer you be there in person to experience this phenomenal event firsthand.

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