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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.

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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Environmentalists from the United States
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
Dec. 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
age 71
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
age 36
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
Dec. 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
age 73
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
age 58
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
Dec. 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
age 58
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. She is also an environmental ...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 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)
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
Dec. 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
age 78
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
age 76
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
age 69
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
age 79
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
Dec. 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
age 58
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 59
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)
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
Dec. 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
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
age 77
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
Dec. 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