Four decades after the first Earth Day, the circle of people working toward a cleaner, greener world has expanded way beyond treehugging hippies, red-paint-throwing protesters, posturing politicos, and card-carrying members of enviro groups. To mark this milestone, we’ve found 40 unexpected people who are altering the green landscape.

 

Erika Allen
Projects Manager, Growing Power

 

Ambessa Cantave
Educator, Alliance for Climate Education

 

Ambrose Carroll
Pastor, Renewal Worship Center

 

Valerie Casey
Founder, Designers Accord

 

Leslie Christian
Founder, Upstream 21 and Portfolio 21

 

Robert Cialdini
Psychologist

 

Jim Cochran
Farmer, Swanton Berry Farm

 

Cisco DeVries
President, Renewable Funding

 

Matt Golden
President, Founder, and Chief Building Scientist, Recurve

 

Zakiya Harris
Founder and Executive Director, Grind for the Green

 

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
Founder, Vaute Couture

 

Rob Jones
Cofounder, Crop Mob

 

Dorothy Le
Planning and Policy Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

 

Anita Maltbia
Director, Green Impact Zone

 

Valerie Martinez
Executive Director, Indigenous People’s Green Jobs Coalition

 

Mike Mathieu
Founder, Front Seat

 

Patti Moreno
Founder, Garden Girl TV and Urban Sustainable Living

 

Irma Muñoz
Founder, Mujeres de la Tierra

 

Chandrasekhar “Spike” Narayan
Leader of Science and Technology Organization, IBM’s Almaden Research Center

 

Jack Newman
Cofounder and Senior Vice President of Research, Amyris

 

Brenda Palms-Barber
Chief Executive Director, North Lawndale Employment Network

Steve Price
Digital Designer, Urban Advantage

 

LaDonna Redmond
President, Institute for Community Resource Development; Founder, Graffiti and Grub

 

Berlin Reed
The Ethical But
cher

 

Elena Rivellino and Dennis Stein
Owners, Sea Rocket Bistro

 

Gerod Rody
Founder, Out for Sustainability

 

Alan Salzman
Chief Executive, VantagePoint Venture Partners

 

Selim Sandoval
Founder, Growingreen Energy and EarthPlay Learning Adventures

 

Benjamin Shute and Miriam Latzer
Farmers, Hearty Roots Community Farm

 

Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr
Founders, Architecture for Humanity

 

Sammy Slade
Member, Board of Aldermen

 

John and Julie Stehling
Owners, Early Girl Eatery

 

Bryant Terry
Eco-chef and Food-justice Activist

 

Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Director and Founder, The Greenhorns

 

Hai Vo
Food Activist and Farmer

 

Janine Yorio
Founder and Managing Director, NewSeed Advisors