The Green List: Green players
Here are the tireless workers committed to the long haul. They're the green players on our Green List, complied by Green Living Magazine.
Dr. Rick Smith (The Environmental Defender)
Executive director of Environmental Defence, which aims to green the urban agenda, protect human health and maintain biodiversity. Played a key role in warning people about bisphenol A in plastic bottles and recently released a report on the wide-reaching environmental dangers of the Alberta tar sands. (Photo above)
Received the 2006 National Business Book Award for his latest book, The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, which suggests crisis can result in reform and new ways of thinking.
Co-founder in 1994 of B.C.-based Forest Ethics, which works to protect endangered forests and biodiversity across Canada, and in the U.S. and Chile. Stopped the use of old-growth forest for paper products by companies like Victoria's Secret, The Home Depot and Staples. Next up: the tar sands.
Co-founder and executive director of Evergreen, a national non-profit that aims to make our urban environments more sustainable. Cape was recently given the prestigious Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Has been advocating "Green Conservatism," which aims to find market-based solutions for eco challenges. A recent quote from Saskatoon's The StarPhoenix: "When we tell people something's free, we all treat it differently than when there's a cost attached to it....It's the pricing signals that the private sector reacts to more readily than virtually any other kind of signal."
Appointed by Maurice Strong as one of two youth representatives at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Based in Montreal, has lectured on sustainable development and globalization at McGill University since 2002. Is currently vice-president of Al Gore's Climate Project in Canada.
Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Recently named president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and internationally. As mayor of Winnipeg, attempted to put forward one of the most progressive municipal environmental-policy shifts ever seen in North America.
Executive director of the Pembina Institute. Shaking up the oil patch out West and also influencing how we use energy across the country. Pembina released a report in January, Under-Mining the Environment (with World Wildlife Fund-Canada), which is a highly critical assessment of 10 of Alberta's oil-sands operations.
Jordy Gold, a sustainability consultant, created the Green List with additional research from Lee Schnaiberg, an environmental consultant.