15th Annual Millennium Awards

Saturday, June 4 • The Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica, California
6:00 PM VIP Reception • 6:30 PM General Cocktail Reception • 7:30 PM Dinner and Program

The Millennium Awards recognize the tremendous achievements – and the value shift or transformation – of individuals, organizations and corporations whose leadership embodies President Gorbachev’s call to reconnect humanity to the environment. The proceeds from the dinner are key to funding our programs, advocacy and educational campaigns over the course of 2011. 

Tickets are no longer available online. If you have questions about attending or sponsorship packages, please contact Michael Teta at 818.906.0240.

Below please find additional information about our honorees:

W SchmidtByNanoVisser-4.JPGWendy Schmidt, President, The Schmidt Family Foundation
Community Environmental Leadership Award
In recognition of Wendy’s unwavering dedication and work to continue to transform the world’s environmental and energy practices in the 21st century through the Schmidt Family Foundation including the 11th Hour Project, Climate Central and ReMain Nantucket. Additionally, the recent launch of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Prize Challenge is inspiring entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists all over the world to develop innovative, rapidly deployable and highly efficient methods of cleaning up the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo, Actor and Activist
Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award
This honor recognizes Mark's deep commitment to the environment, demonstrated through his visible dedication to the campaign to ban hydrofracking. By becoming an educated advocate and an outspoken activist on behalf of this issue and appearing before Congress, supporting the documentary GASLAND and leveraging the power of the media, he has brought national attention to an issue that threatens both the environment and public health. Mark has further personalized his crusade by starting his own foundation, Water Defense, to educate the public about the threats posed to our supply of drinking water and provide information and tools that will inspire action. By using his platform as a celebrated actor to raise awareness and hold the energy industry accountable, Mark is raising the bar for his peers in the entertainment industry and beyond.

Ed Begley Jr., Environmental Activist
Individual Environmental Leadership Award
This honor recognizes Ed's lifelong commitment to "walking the talk" of sustainability and inspiring so many activists in the Hollywood, environmental, political and business communities to follow his great example. Ed's leadership by quiet example has helped pave the way for countless environmental celebrities and activists to follow in his footsteps and benefit from his counsel. Ed's tireless commitment toward creating a more sustainable world is inspirational. From powering his home with 100% wind and solar to taking his bicycle to nearly every environmental event in Los Angeles to humbly utilizing his celebrity to advoacte for greener policies, corporate practices and individual action, Ed is a true environmental hero and leader.  

LA Business Council
Mary Leslie and Brad Cox accepting
California Environmental Leadership

This honor recognizes the extraordinary leadership of the Los Angeles Business Council to lead a campaign to establish a 600 MW solar feed in tariff for the City of LA, to aggressively oppose the Dirty Energy Prop 23 initiative; host an annual Sustainability Summit, create a report on multifamily rooftop solar and social equity in LA to create and retain jobs and reduce owner and tenant utility costs; and to lead business advocacy for instrumental support of the adoption of LA’s green building program.