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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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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Al Gore age 70 Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., is an American environmental activist, author, businessperson, former politician and former journalist. He served as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States ...more

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Aldo Leopold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Aldo Leopold Died at 61 (1887-1948) Aldo Leopold was an American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and is best known for his book A ...more

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Amory Lovins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Amory Lovins age 70 Amory Bloch Lovins is an American physicist, environmental scientist, writer, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has worked in the field of energy policy and ...more

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Benjamin Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Benjamin Bronfman age 35 Benjamin Bronfman is the lead singer of indie band, The Exit and fiancee of M.I.A.

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Bestor Robinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Bestor Robinson Died at 89 (1898-1987) Bestor Robinson was a California mountaineer, environmentalist, attorney and inventor. He was a law partner of Earl Warren, later governor of California and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of ...more

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Bette Midler age 72 Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler ...more

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Bill McKibben is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Bill McKibben age 57 William Ernest "Bill" McKibben is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished ...more

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Bruce Kershner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Bruce Kershner Died at 57 (1950-2007) Bruce S. Kershner was an environmentalist, author, high school biology teacher and forest ecologist. As a child he resided in Staten Island. Bruce Kershner obtained degrees from Binghamton ...more

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Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Daryl Hannah age 57 Daryl Christine Hannah is an American film actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias and Kill Bill. She is also an ...more

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David Foreman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
David Foreman age 71 Dave Foreman 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
David R. Brower Died at 88 (1912-2000) David Ross Brower was a prominent environmentalist and the founder of many environmental organizations, including the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of the Earth, the ...more

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David Sive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
David Sive Died at 92 (1922-2014) David Sive was an attorney, environmentalist, and professor of environmental law, who has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of United States environmental law.

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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
Doug La Follette age 77 Douglas J. "Doug" La Follette is an American academic, environmental activist, 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
Douglas Tompkins age 75 Douglas Tompkins is an American environmentalist, prominent landowner, conservationist and a former businessman. Tompkins co-founded and ran two clothing companies: the outdoor clothing company ...more

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Ed Begley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Ed Begley, Jr. age 68 Edward James "Ed" Begley, Jr. is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his ...more

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Ed Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Ed Sanders age 78 Edward Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and longtime member of the band The Fugs. He has been called a bridge between the Beat and Hippie ...more

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Edgar Wayburn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Edgar Wayburn Died at 104 (1906-2010) Edgar Wayburn was an environmentalist who was elected president of the Sierra Club five times in the 1960s. One of America's legendary wilderness champions, Dr. Edgar Wayburn was a tenacious and ...more

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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Erin Brockovich age 57 Erin Brockovich-Ellis is an American legal clerk and environmental activist, who, despite the lack of a formal education in the law, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas ...more

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Gregory Kats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Gregory Kats age 58 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 Died at 102 (1898-2000) Hazel Wolf 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, she lived to see three centuries ...more

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Homer D. Calkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Homer D. Calkins Died at 85 (1911-1996) Homer D. Calkins was an American environmentalist who became a leading voice in the effort to save native habitat in Hardin County. He worked to develop county parks that met needs from plug-in ...more

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Hugh Iltis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Hugh Iltis age 93 Hugh Hellmut Iltis is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his discoveries in the domestication of corn. Raised in Czechoslovakia, Iltis left ...more

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J. Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
J. Michael Scott age 76 Dr. J. Michael Scott, a senior scientist, distinguished emeritus professor, environmentalist and author, was born in 1941 in San Diego, California.

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Jacob Nolde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Jacob Nolde Died at 57 (1859-1916) Jacob Nolde was an American industrialist and environmentalist who was largely responsible for the creation of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, a Pennsylvania state park in Berks ...more

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Jane Poynter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Jane Poynter Jane Poynter is a Biosphere 2 crewmember, author, TV host and company President and CEO. She was born in Britain.

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Jimmie Driftwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Jimmie Driftwood Died at 91 (1907-1998) James Corbitt Morris, known professionally as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood, was a prolific American folk music songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs "The Battle of New ...more

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Joel Hedgpeth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Joel Hedgpeth Died at 95 (1911-2006) Joel W. Hedgpeth was a marine biologist, environmentalist and author. He was an expert on the marine arthropods known as sea spiders, and on the seashore plant and animal life of southern ...more

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John Francis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
John Francis age 72 John Francis is an American environmentalist nicknamed the planetwalker. Born in Philadelphia, the son of a West Indian immigrant, he moved to Marin County, California as a young man. After ...more

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John Michael Greer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States

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Joseph Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Joseph Rothrock Died at 83 (1839-1922) Joseph Trimbel Rothrock was an American environmentalist, recognized as the "Father of Forestry" in Pennsylvania. In 1895, Rothrock was appointed the first forestry commissioner to ...more

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Judi Bari is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Judi Bari Died at 48 (1949-1997) Judi Bari was an American environmentalist and labor leader, a feminist, and the principal organizer of Earth First! campaigns against logging in the ancient redwood forests of Northern ...more

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Julia Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Julia Hill age 44 Julia Hill (born Feb 18, 1974) is an Actress and Author.

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Bill Lane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Bill Lane Died at 91 (1919-2010) Laurence William "Bill" Lane, Jr. was an American magazine publisher, diplomat, and philanthropist.

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Lester R. Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Lester R. Brown age 84 Lester Russel Brown is a United States environmental analyst, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, a nonprofit research organization ...more

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Lewis Mumford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Lewis Mumford Died at 95 (1895-1990) Lewis Mumford, KBE was an American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a broad ...more

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Linda Hogan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Linda Hogan age 70 Linda K. Hogan is a Native American poet, storyteller, academic, playwright, novelist, environmentalist and writer of short stories. She is currently the Chickasaw Nation's Writer in Residence.

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Margaret Murie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Margaret Murie Died at 101 (1902-2003) Margaret Thomas "Mardy" Murie was a naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist. Dubbed the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement" by both the Sierra Club and the ...more

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Died at 108 (1890-1998) Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, writer, feminist, and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for ...more

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Maurice Wertheim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Maurice Wertheim Died at 64 (1886-1950) Maurice Wertheim was an American investment banker, chess player, chess patron, environmentalist, and philanthropist. Wertheim founded Wertheim & Co. in 1927.

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Nancy Skinner Nordhoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Nancy Skinner Nordhoff age 86 Nancy Skinner Nordhoff is an American philanthropist and environmentalist. Nordhoff's work is primarily focused in the Seattle and Langley, Washington regions, where she works to empower women, ...more

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Nell Newman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Nell Newman age 58 Elinor Teresa Newman is a former child actress who performed under the name of Nell Potts. She is an environmentalist, biologist, and a prominent supporter of sustainable agriculture, who became ...more

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Paul Hawken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Paul Hawken age 72 Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author.

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Persia White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Persia White age 45 Persia White is an American actress and musician. White is known for her role as Lynn Searcy on the sitcom Girlfriends. She is also a member of the industrial rock band XEO3 and a solo singer, ...more

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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Pierce Brosnan age 64 Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went ...more

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Rees Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Rees Jones age 76 Rees Jones is an American golf course architect. He was born in Montclair, New Jersey the son of legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones and the younger brother of golf course designer ...more

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René Dubos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
René Dubos Died at 81 (1901-1982) René Jules Dubos was a French-born American microbiologist, experimental pathologist, environmentalist, humanist, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book So ...more

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Robert K. Watson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Robert K. Watson age 57 Robert "Rob" Watson, is a market transformation expert, international leader in the green building movement and CEO and Chief Scientist of The ECON Group. He founded the LEED Green ...more

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Robinson Jeffers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Robinson Jeffers Died at 75 (1887-1962) John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Most of Jeffers' poetry was written in narrative and epic form, but today he is also known for ...more

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Roger Payne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
Roger Payne age 83 Roger Searle Payne is an American biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the worldwide ...more