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Rosario Dawson, Arianna Huffington, Mayor Villaraigosa, Adrian Grenier, and Many Others Celebrate Global Green USA's 2009 Millennium Honorees: Wallis Annenberg, Jeff Skoll, Marc Nathanson, Zem Joaquin

Funds Raised Support Global Green¹s Programs Including National Green Schools Initiative to Create Healthy, High Performance, Energy-efficient Classrooms for Students in LA, San Francisco, New Orleans and Across the United States

Los Angeles, CA ­ May 30, 2009 - Global Green USA and more than 350 guests celebrated the 2009 Millennium Awards Honorees at a star-studded fundraising gala in Santa Monica, California tonight. The event raised over $500,000 to support Global Green USA including its national Green Schools initiative.

"All Americans can do something about climate change, and protect our most precious natural resource ­ our children ­ by responding to the call to create green schools and healthy classrooms," said Global Green President Matt Petersen. "Incredibly, today we spend more on energy bills in schools than on textbooks and computers combined."

Celebrity supporters and presenters in attendance included: Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier, Arianna Huffington, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Amy Smart, Radha Mitchell, Sharon Lawrence, David Duchovny, Billy Zane, Davis Guggenheim, Mia Maestro, Luke Perry, Maggie Grace and Blake Mycoskie, Austin Nichols, Eve Ensler and Domenico Vacca, as well as award-winning hip-hop poets Steve Connell and Sekou ‘Tha Misfit’ Andrews, who performed at the event.

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This year's Millennium Honorees include:


From L to R: Matt Petersen, Zem Joaquin, Jeff Skoll, Leonard Aube (Annenberg), Marc Nathanson

WALLIS ANNENBERG/THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION
California Environmental Leadership Award: Recognizing her vision and stewardship of the Annenberg Foundation which has supported noteworthy environmental organizations and advanced transformative green projects in Southern California and nationally. Wallis and the Foundation are committed to improving the well-being of the community for generations to come.

JEFF SKOLL
Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award: Recognizing Jeff's social and environmental leadership, from his film work at Participant Media to his support of social entrepreneurship via the Skoll Foundation, to his newly created Skoll Urgent Threats Fund to battle climate change and other critical global challenges. Jeff plays a crucial role in entertainment, philanthropy and business to educate, inspire, and activate millions around the globe.

MARC NATHANSON
Green Building Environmental Leadership Award: Recognizing Marc's groundbreaking role as Founder of Falcon Waterfree Technologies, which is advancing sustainability through the built environment by reducing water use, as well as the energy and resulting greenhouse gas emissions from treating and moving water to our buildings.

ZEM JOAQUIN
Founders Award: Recognizing the important contributions Zem has made as a Global Green board member, Co-Chair of Global Green's San Francisco Committee, and Founder of Global Green's Successful Annual Fundraiser and Ecofashion event. Zem also leads by example not only in her personal life, but also via her business, ecofabulous.com, and through her various contributions as a design and strategy consultant and true evangelist for eco-friendly lifestyle solutions.

Global Green's Millennium Awards were established to recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody our mission of "fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world.  The Awards were designed to honor individuals and organizations who recognize the important connection between humankind and nature, to celebrate their success and inspire others to make such exceptional behavior the norm. They are presented annually in Los Angeles.

About Global Green
Global Green USA was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993, to serve as the American arm of President Gorbachev's Green Cross International.  Global Green USA is a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools and communities.  For 15 years, Global Green's LEED-accredited staff has spearheaded applying green technology to green schools and green affordable housing projects while advancing groundbreaking solar, green building and energy efficiency legislation in California, other states and at the national level. Global Green USA has influenced more than $20 billion dollars for green building projects and educates millions of people about climate friendly solutions through its annual Red Carpet/Green Cars Oscars campaign. Global Green is also leading efforts to help rebuild a green New Orleans through its sustainable green village and green schools initiatives.



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