Krause, Nealon, Hunt Among Stars Going Green

EARTH DAY 2010

Sure, everyone’s heard the stories about Hollywood sensitive types who talk a great game about preserving the environment – but squander resources at their homes and and stomp carbon footprints all over the globe in their travels.  The flap over Laurie David’s being cited last year for violating the Wetlands Protection Act when she added a tennis court with a wood and stone path to her Martha’s Vineyard home comes to mind.  Also the fact she was cited in 2005, when she reportedly built a stone fire pit, a barbeque area and a children’s theater stage in a wetlands area without a permit.  That’s Laurie David as in the executive producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” Laurie David who was on the road with Sheryl Crow, stumping for the environment on Crow’s Stop Global Warming College Tour, Laurie David as in married to Larry “Curb Your Enthusiasm” David.  Ouch.

But the fact is, countless celebrities are doing their parts in big and small ways to conserve.  For instance:

Peter Krause notes that, “You don’t see as many plastic water bottles around the sound stages, and they recycle scripts and rewrites.  I can see a definite change.”  Personally, “I’ve had redwoods and maples and cherry trees planted all over my property.  Not only because of their beauty, but because trees store more carbon than other plants.”

Jay Mohr of ‘Gary Unmarried” reports that his show and all Disney-produced shows have environmentally-conscious sets.  “We have no bottled water because of the plastic. The water is put in five gallon tanks and you drink it out of a tin cup.”

Erica Durance of “Smallville” says,  “Being up in VC, it’s been like that for quite some time – with people into recycling, having organic vegetable gardens in their back yards and such.  Everyone makes their individual efforts.  We bring our own plates to the set so that we don’t use paper plates.  We don’t use all paper cups and throw things away.  We leave our lights off and fans off when we leave our trailers.  We all try in our own little ways to do something.”

“We definitely do recycle here,” says Bonnie Hunt, speaking of her talk show set.  “We have a lot of kids working here who are in their twenties and are really conscientious about it.  Everyone’s got those new aluminum bottles to reuse.  We separate all our stuff for recycling.”

Kevin Nealon of “Weeds” drove an experimental electric car from Saturn for three years.  Now he drives a hybrid.  He also recycles.

Alfre Woodard and her family drive hybrid cars and they’ve had their home outfitted with solar power.  She says it cost “a couple of thousand dollars to install, but the last couple of months our energy bill was like $1.85.”  According to Woodard, her teenage son and daughter lead the way when it comes to things like turning off the water when they brush their teeth.  It’s been easier for them to grasp the whole idea that we’d got to stop strangling the earth, have to help the earth help itself.”

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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