If you think the importance of culture goes no further than what you hear on the radio or see on television, then you're sorely underestimating the long-term impact of art, movies, music, celebrities, and cultural phenomenons.
But: We're not. TreeHugger's third annual Best of Green Awards in the Culture and Celebrity category recognizes the famous (and not-so-famous) people who made the biggest impact on the culture of sustainability this year. You should get to know them: You'll be hearing these names long after the Top 40 has become the oldies station. --Written by Mairi Beautyman and Blythe Copeland
Don't miss the winners in our other seven categories, announced throughout the week here: Best of Green 2011.