Global Green Honors Green Innovators

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Arianna Huffington presenting at Global Green Awards. Photo by Barry Levine

For the 13th year, Global Green USA is celebrating its 2009 Millennium Awards to pay tribute to environmental leaders. This Saturday night, May 30, the fundraising gala honors those who "demonstrate successful strategies for tackling current economic and environmental crises as part of the same problem." Eco-celebrities will present the kudos, including Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier, Arianna Huffington, and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others, plus a special presentation by playwright Eve Ensler. This year's Millennium Honorees are:

California Environmental Leadership Award: Wallis Annenberg/Annenberg Foundation for her serious support of environmental organizations and transformative green projects including the Universally Accessible Treehouse Project in Torrance, CA

Green Building Environmental Leadership Award: Marc Nathanson, head of Mapleton Investments and founder of Falcon Waterfree Technologies which reduces water use and greenhouse gas emissions

Founder's Award: Zem Joaquin, founder of ecofabulous and Global Green's Gorgeous Green event in San Francisco, who also appears on Planet Green's "Alter Eco" with Adrien Grenier

Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award: Jeff Skoll, founder of Participant Media creating films that compel social change such as An Inconvenient Truth, Darfur Now, and Syrianna, and also head of the Skoll Foundation and Skoll Urgent Threats Fund to battle climate change

"Their transformation and commitment each tell a story of how we can address the environmental and economic crises together head on," said Matt Petersen, President and CEO, "and create a truly sustainable future."

Over the years, Millennium winners have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Ted Turner, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, and Julia Louis Dreyfus. No celebrity recipients this year, but plenty of stars will stud the audience.

The evening's entertainment features an excerpt from Eve Ensler's new play "O.P.C." (Obsessive Political Correctness) with a cast including Stockard Channing, Ravi Kapoor, and Brenda Currin.

Eve Ensler OPC poster

Obsessive Political Correction?
On Friday May 29, the entire play was performed at another benefit for Global Green from the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club. "O.P.C.," the latest from playwright Ensler ("The Vagina Monologues"), is an irreverent exploration of consumption and politics, asking, "How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love? It follows the story of 25-year old dumpster-diving-Freegan, who watches her carbon footprint. When her mother decides to run for U.S. Senate, the green world is sent spinning. Appropriate material for this gathering?

You, too, can attend
The awards event happens Saturday night at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica starting at 8 pm. General admission run $500 and sponsorships can run on up to $5,000 and you can attend Ensler's reading, too on Friday night. Good cause, good fun.

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