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Famous Environmentalists from the United States

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List of notable or famous environmentalists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top environmentalists born in the United States and even some popular environmentalists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American environmentalists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These environmentalists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known environmentalist from the United States is included when available.

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This historic environmentalists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American environmentalists of note?" and "Who are the most famous environmentalists from the United States?" These prominent environmentalists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American environmentalists.

Use this list of renowned American environmentalists to discover some new environmentalists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (58 items)
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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 70

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Albert Arnold Gore Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Gore was Bill Clinton's ...more

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Aldo Leopold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 61 (1887-1948)

Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa

Aldo Leopold (January 11, 1887 – April 21, 1948) was an American author, philosopher, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist. He was a professor at the University ...more
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Amory Lovins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 71

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Amory Bloch Lovins (born November 13, 1947) is an American writer, physicist, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has written on energy policy and related areas for ...more
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Benjamin Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 36

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Benjamin Zachary Bronfman (born August 6, 1982) is an American entrepreneur and musician. Bronfman is a strategic advisor and principal investor with Algae Systems, a carbon capture project and ...more
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Bestor Robinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1898-1987)

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Bestor Robinson (February 9, 1898 - December 9, 1987) was an American mountaineer, environmentalist, attorney and inventor. He was a law partner of Earl Warren, later governor of California and ...more
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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 73

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several ...more

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Bill McKibben is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 58

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

William Ernest "Bill" McKibben (born December 8, 1960) is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the ...more
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Bruce Kershner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 57 (1950-2007)
Bruce S. Kershner (April 17, 1950 – February 16, 2007) was an environmentalist, author, high school biology teacher and forest ecologist. As a child he resided in Staten Island. Bruce Kershner ...more
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Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 58

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960) is an American actress and environmental activist. She made her screen debut in Brian De Palma's supernatural horror film The Fury (1978). She is ...more

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David Foreman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
David Foreman Age: 72
Dave Foreman (born 1947) is an American environmentalist and co-founder of the radical environmental movement Earth First!
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David R. Brower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1912-2000)

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

David Ross Brower (; July 1, 1912 – November 5, 2000) was a prominent environmentalist and the founder of many environmental organizations, including the John Muir Institute for Environmental ...more
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David Sive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 92 (1922-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

David Sive (September 22, 1922 – March 12, 2014) was an attorney, environmentalist, and professor of environmental law, who has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of United States ...more
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David Steinman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
David Steinman
David Steinman is an environmentalist, journalist, consumer health advocate, publisher and author. His major books include Diet for a Poisoned Planet, The Safe Shopper’s Bible, Living Healthy in ...more
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Doug La Follette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 78

Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

Douglas J. La Follette (born June 6, 1940) is an American academic, environmental scientist, and politician from the state of Wisconsin. A Democrat, he is the current Secretary of State of ...more
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Douglas Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Douglas Rainsford Tompkins (March 20, 1943 – December 8, 2015) was an American conservationist, outdoorsman, philanthropist, filmmaker, agriculturalist, and businessman who assembled and ...more
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Ed Begley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 69

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Edward James Begley Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is most recognized for his role as ...more

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Ed Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 79

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Edward Sanders (born August 17, 1939) is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and longtime member of the band the Fugs. He has been called a bridge ...more

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Edgar Wayburn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 104 (1906-2010)

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia

Edgar Wayburn (September 17, 1906 – March 5, 2010) was an environmentalist who was elected president of the Sierra Club five times in the 1960s. One of America's legendary wilderness champions, ...more
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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 58

Birthplace: USA, Lawrence, Kansas

Erin Brockovich (born Pattee; June 22, 1960) is an American legal clerk, consumer advocate, and environmental activist, who, despite her lack of formal education in the law, was instrumental in ...more

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Gregory Kats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Gregory Kats Age: 59

Birthplace: Paris, France

Gregory H. Kats is an American businessman, environmentalist and writer. He is President of Capital E, a national clean energy advisory and venture capital firm. He previously served as a ...more
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Hazel Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Hazel Wolf Dec. at 102 (1898-2000)

Birthplace: Victoria, Canada

Hazel Wolf (March 10, 1898 – January 19, 2000) was an activist and environmentalist who lived in the Seattle area for most of her life. Born in 1898 to an American mother and a Canadian father, ...more
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Homer D. Calkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1911-1996)

Birthplace: Fort Morgan, Colorado

Homer D. Calkins (August 30, 1911 – March 19, 1996) was an American environmentalist who became a leading voice in the effort to save native habitat in Hardin County. He worked to develop county ...more
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Hugh Iltis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 93

Birthplace: Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

Hugh Iltis (April 7, 1925 – December 19, 2016) was a professor of botany and director of the herbarium at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While he is most noted as a scientist for his role ...more
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J. Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Age: 77

Birthplace: San Diego, California

J. Michael Scott (born 1941 in San Diego, California) is an American scientist, professor, environmentalist and author.
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Jacob Nolde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Dec. at 57 (1859-1916)

Birthplace: Bad Berleburg, Germany

Jacob Nolde (1859–1916) was an American industrialist and environmentalist who was largely responsible for the creation of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, a Pennsylvania state park ...more