19th Annual Millennium Awards also honors Angeleno Group and JMB Realty
for Corporate Environmental Leadership in Green Building
From L to R: Stevie Wonder and family, Dr. Les McCabe, Matt Walsh, Bill Bridge, Jussie Smollett, Sharon Lawrence, Ed O’Neill.
Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images
Los Angeles, June 8, 2015: Global Green USA, with a mission to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future, recognized the tremendous advancements made in industry, media and public policy at its 19th Annual Millennium Awards on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the historic Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The event honored the environmental accomplishments of a select group of outstanding individuals and organizations making a profound difference in renewable energy investments and efficiency.
In front of 500 guests, Global Green USA’s CEO, Dr. Les McCabe, welcomed environmental luminaries, supporters and celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Ed O’Neill, Jussie Smollett and California State Treasurer John Chiang. “We were so honored and humbled to celebrate the significant accomplishments of all our honorees at the 19th Annual Millennium Awards,” offered Dr. McCabe. “Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who attended the event, Global Green will be able to continue its significant work creating climate resilient communities in Los Angeles, New Orleans and in other cities across the country so they can have healthier and greener homes, schools and buildings. This would also have not been possible without our supporters who included Turf Terminators, Energy Upgrade California, VEEV and MobileCause among others.”
Award recipients included Archbishop Desmond Tutu via a televised acceptance speech (International Environmental Leadership Award) which was presented to the legendary human rights advocate by Empire star Jussie Smollett. Performing artist Prince Ea (Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award) was honored for his breakout music video, “Sorry” which has over 64 million views on YouTube and is helping engage a new generation in the fight against climate change. Daniel Weiss and Yaniv Tepper, Co-Founders of Angeleno Group (Corporate Environmental Leadership Award) received the honor for their impact investing in the renewable energy sector. Judd Malkin and Neil Bluhm, Founders, JMB Realty (Green Building Leadership Award, accepted by Sarah Shaw) were recognized for their commitment to the construction of energy efficient buildings. Dr. Vandana Shiva (Individual Environmental Leadership Award) was celebrated for her tireless work in promoting sustainability across the globe. Energy Upgrade California (California Environmental Leadership Award) received its award for the initiative’s pioneering efforts in reducing energy consumption. Finally, we honored Ibrahim AlHusseini, (Environmental Community Leadership Award) for the work his organization Full Cycle Energy Fund does in nurturing entrepreneurs and technologies in the renewable energy sector.
Attendees included Empire co-star Jussie Smollett; award-winning actor, award presenter and star of Modern Family, Ed O’Neill; fellow actors and presenters Matt Walsh, Sharon Lawrence and Peter Mensah; actress and dancer Laura Linda Bradley; event co-chair Cathy O’Neill; Global Green USA founder and fellow event co-chair, Diane Meyer Simon; California State Treasurer John Chiang; City of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen; and environmental luminaries David Oxtoby, Michael Lerner, Warren Olney, Mary Tucker, Stuart Kaufman, Michaela Walsh, and Bernard Lietaer, among others. A guest musical performance was given by American Idol and The Voice contestant, Adam Lasher.
The Millennium Awards were established in 1996 to recognize and herald those luminaries whose lives and livelihood embody Global Green USA's mission of fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. The Awards were designed to honor individuals and organizations who recognize the connection between humankind and nature, to celebrate their success and to inspire others to follow in their steps. The awards are presented annually in Los Angeles.
Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods and cities as well as rebuilding communities such as those in New Orleans, New York and New Jersey which have suffered from the severe impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.
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