Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor and Environmentalist
Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. will serve as Cameron's 2015 Commencement speaker. Begley will be the final speaker as part of CU's 2014-15 Academic Festival, Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities.
As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself.
In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Begley.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Begley has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others. His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
He was star of the hit Planet Green series Living With Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green,” and is the author of Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life and Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living: Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-Conscious Life.
He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy.