ED BEGLEY, JR.
As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses:
1. Forget them, and hope that government and corporations will figure things out, or
2. Take action yourself.
In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley Jr.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, and is active with many other organizations.
Ed’s work has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Cesar Chavez Foundation.
He currently lives near Los Angeles, in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. Learn more at EdBegley.com.
Actress Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most-recognized names and faces in Hollywood’s green movement. While she’s well known for her support of numerous nonprofits, Rachelle went the extra mile for three years by inviting millions into her home to demonstrate how a sustainable lifestyle can be achieved—and she’s about to do it again with On Begley Street.
As one of the stars of the highly successful reality series Living With Ed, Rachelle was the self-described “reluctant environmentalist.” Of course, that was in comparison with her co-star and husband, noted actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. Living With Ed showed viewers that a happy medium is possible between “eco-obsessed” (Ed) and “reasonably green” (Rachelle) — although it may require a lot of work and compromise on both parts.
On Begley Street chronicles the latest adventure for the Begleys, one that began when Rachelle convinced Ed it was time to build a new home to accommodate the realities of life with a teenage daughter. Surprising even Ed, she quickly found the right property for the right price, one that would allow them to build their dream green home, from the bottom up.
Rachelle is on the board of the nonprofit Green Wish and a supporter of many charities, including Waterkeeper Alliance and groups focused on children and Alzheimer’s disease. She’s also an in-demand speaker, participating in events for Women of the Green Generation and other organizations. Learn more at RachelleCarson.com.
Hayden Begley, 12, shares her parents’ environmental concerns–but maybe not necessarily to the same extremes. Her parents are quick to cite Hayden as an inspiration for the move that led to On Begley Street:
“[Rachelle]e just wants more closet space, let’s be honest. She wants a bathroom that she’s not sharing with her soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter,” Ed explained to Sustainable Chicago. “So she has some good points too. That could get dicey as Hayden approaches teen years, to be sharing a bathroom with a thirteen year old. There’s some validity to that. The house we live in now is very small. It’s a mansion by world standards. By Hollywood standards it’s a shack.”
RAPHAEL SBARGE: Executive Producer/Director
Raphael Sbarge is an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and, most importantly, a father to two small children who inspired him to do something to make a difference in the world they’ll inherit. That led to the creation of the environmental nonprofit Green Wish.
“I started to think about what I could do as a parent. There is so much need. I saw Green Wish as a way to make a difference,” he says of the organization, which raises funds that are then distributed to other environmental groups.
Raphael, who serves as executive producer and director of On Begley Street, has been an actor since joining the cast of Sesame Street at age 4. His credits include television (ABC’s Once Upon a Time), film (Risky Business and My Science Project, voice work (Kaidan Alenko, the “Mass Effect” series) and extensive Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater work.
BILLY FRANK: Executive Producer
Billy Frank is the multiple award-winning producer behind Make It Happen Productions (MIHP), which he founded in 1994.
Billy began his career at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; soon after, he moved to Dick Clark Productions, where he led the music department and worked on numerous shows with the television icon. An increasing interest in all aspects of the entertainment industry led him to stints in set design, casting and production management. Eventually, he decided it was time to pave his own road to success.
Billy and MIHP have launched campaigns for the Olympic Games; produced content for CBS, HBO and FX/Fox Networks; and overseen branding work for Ford, Verizon, Sony, Warner Bros. International and a number of other Fortune 500 companies. He recently sold television series to both Viacom and NBC, and will begin production on a motion picture in 2013.
SCOTT HARRIS: Contractor
Since the age of 5, Scott Harris has been consumed with a fascination about the way that our habitat interacts with our environment, and dreamed of becoming a builder who would better this world. After following his calling and wining numerous awards for his work by the age of 15, Scott’s teachers selected him for an experimental curriculum to immerse him in the world of architecture and construction. After completing his journeyman ship at the age of 20, he received his General Contractor’s license and launched a career path to bring about positive change to the industry and our environment.
His work has been published multiple times in periodicals such as Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, LUXE Magazine, Metropolitan Home and Traditional Home. His clients have included Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder), John Paul Dejoria (Paul Mitchell co-founder), Kevin Costner, Kevin James, the Sultan of Brunei and many more. Some of his previous commercial projects include the Savoy Hotel in London, AOC restaurant in Los Angeles, the Saint Francis Hotel along with Restaurant ‘Michel Mina’ in San Francisco, and the flagship retail store and cafe for Catherine Malandrino in Los Angeles.
After weaving 24 years of construction, architecture and interior design experience, Scott co-founded Building Construction Group in 2005. The firm is based on bringing a welcomed, well-rounded, five-star product & service experience that has been sought out by many of Los Angeles’ elite . This unique philosophy has quickly turned this company into one of the most respected construction firms in Los Angeles and is becoming an example on how to bring about positive change to the client’s experience, our environment and a vision for a sustainable future.