Jun 21, 2012

Top 10 Eco-Conscious Celebrities

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10. Dave Matthews Band The band has become well respected as leaders in green touring, offsetting pollution produced by t...

10. Dave Matthews Band

The band has become well respected as leaders in green touring, offsetting pollution produced by their travels by funding projects including tree plantings and constructing wind farms. This year, the band's “Eco-Village” 40-city tour will inspire fans to learn about technologies and products that offer environmental benefits.

9. Barenaked Ladies

Since 2004, the band has been running its tour vehicles on clean-burning biodiesel fuel, setting up informational “Eco-Villages” called Barenaked Planet at live shows. Even the band's CDs are sold in 100% recyclable cases, and they recycle their own musical waste including broken guitar strings. Backstage is always fully stocked with organic food and biodegradable supplies.

8. Adrian Grenier

Grenier is more than just the self-involved character he plays on Entourage. Off-screen, this actor lives a green lifestyle with a home that uses recycled jeans as insulation and solar panels for electricity. He also hosts Planet Green's Alter Eco show, demonstrating the changes people can make to live a similar lifestyle.

7. Sting

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler founded Rainforest Foundation to protect rain forests and the indigenous residents that reside there. Oceana, an organization that works to protect and conserve the world's oceans, has honored the couple along with Bill Clinton for their efforts.

6. Harrison Ford

As Vice Chairman of Conservation International, Ford has been instrumental in raising awareness regarding conservation, including helping the organization launch a campaign for an innovative strategy to combat climate change. He also has a Central American ant named for him and has won numerous awards for his environmental efforts.

5. Alicia Silverstone

Silverstone lives and breathes an eco-friendly lifestyle. The vegan actress lives in an eco-friendly house in Los Angeles with her own organic veggie garden and runs her own line of natural cosmetics. In her book The Kind Diet, Silverstone discusses tips for living an eco-friendly lifestyle.


4. Ed Begley Jr.

Begley has been ahead of the eco-game for decades. He's driven an electric car since the 1970s, utilizes both wind and solar power at home and is a longtime vegan. He has worked with a number of environmental organizations, hosts the Planet Green show Living Like Ed and published the book Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Lifestyle.


3. Brad Pitt

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Pitt founded a green home program, the Make It Right Foundation. In 2009, Pitt met with President Obama to discuss federal funding for green housing projects. He is also the voice of PBS's e2 series on environmentally sound design.

Read more in June's issue of Energy Digital: Energy Turns to SPACE 

2. Edward Norton

As a board member of Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to creating affordable housing, Norton has lobbied on behalf of green housing and even testified before Congress to support the cause. He has also hosted National Geographic's environmental series Strange Days and is a huge proponent for public transportation. You might even spot him on the subway in New York.



Ah, Leo, Leo, Leo—my personal favorite. The heartthrob actor of one of the highest grossing films of all time, Titanic, does more than just star in Academy Award winning films. As one of Hollywood's most committed environmentalists, DiCaprio has been praised by a number of environmental groups for his activism.

In 2007, DiCaprio wrote, produced and narrated the eco-documentary The 11th Hour, regarding the state of the natural environment. He also started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in support of environmentally friendly initiatives. He has donated one million dollars to the Wildlife Conservation Society and another million dollars to relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake, among other contributions.

In his personal life, DiCaprio owns an electric car, Prius and hybrid, has solar panels installed on his house and eschews from private planes to take the more eco-conscious commercial route. He's so green, he avoids the “unnatural” use of deodorant and only showers a couple days a week to conserve water. But hey, we still love him.




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Mar 20, 2020

Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19

Georgia Wilson
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Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s To...

Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management. 

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient. 

In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared. 

“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner. 

Establish a preparedness framework

Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.

Monitor the situation

It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.

Revise finance

Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out. 

Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.

Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols

It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.

Review HR 

Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.

In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences. 


Establish a communication programme

People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.

Review the impact on the operation

Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.

Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?

Review IT 

IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.

In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications. 

Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response

Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.

Review after-action

Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.

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