FROM LEFT: Amanda Hearst, Ulla Parker, Sloan Barnett

I have made many “green” friends over the years and have taken note of their thoughts, suggestions and concerns about protecting our world. These five New York women are amazing, dedicated, passionate and committed, and have incorporated these ideas and practices into their personal and business lives.

Amanda Hearst is the associate market editor at Marie Claire who writes and edits a monthly page called “Feel Good Fashion,” which is devoted to environmentally friendly fashion and lifestyle options She’s on the executive board of Riverkeeper, whose goal is to protect the ecology of the Hudson River and its tributaries and to prevent the pollution of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley’s drinking water, and helped establish its Junior Council. If you see Hearst at the grocery store, she’ll have her FEED shopping bag (designed by Lauren Bush; sales of the bags benefi t programs that fight hunger around the world) to use in place of the plastic bags the market still gives out.

Annie Churchill Albert is on the council of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York City and the Riverkeeper Junior Council. She drives a hybrid car, conserves water at home and uses energy-saving lightbulbs. When she travels with her husband, Andrew, she tries to stay at eco-conscious hotels whenever possible.

Ulla Parker believes that being green is a way of life: “What you eat and how you live and what you support,” she says. In 2005 she renovated her apartment using all nontoxic materials, paint and natural fibers. Parker is involved with Christie’s Green Auction (, which takes place on Earth Day, April 22, and benefits the Central Park Conservancy, Oceana, NRDC and Conservation International.

Shelly Malkin loves to travel to wild places and wants to make sure these places are preserved for the future. She is on the board of the NRDC and is currently the head of its development committee. She and her husband,Tony, helped fund NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation (, which rewards environmentally sound business practices. April 10–30, her African wildlife paintings will be on display at the Wildlife Gallery of the Greenwich Audubon Society ( On April 15, Malkin, her husband and Sheryl Crow will receive one of NRDC’s annual Forces for Nature Award.

Sloan Barnett is the author of The New York Times best-selling book Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet (Atria). It outlines how the next wave of green focuses on human health as well as the health of our planet. Barnett, a veteran television and print journalist, appears as a regular contributor on NBC’s Today Show,and has served as a green expert for PBS,Reuters and Fox.

Jennifer Creel is the designer of Modo for Jennifer Creel sunglasses, a collection made of natural materials, including bamboo and wood. For every sunglasses purchase, Modo will plant a tree through the philanthropic organization Trees for the Future. Visit

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