If you’ve ever been curious who some of the top influencers are in the environmental movement then look no further.
You’re getting 30 of them in one handy list.
If you’re looking to connect with them (and you really should) or just want to stay on top of the latest news then take a look at the list below.
A lot of feedback I’ve been getting is that clients want to be able to access focused networks.
Some of the easiest ways to start building these networks for yourself is to find thought leaders, share their information and share information that would be of interest to them.
Ask them for help, business ideas, resources and who else you could connect to.
The other advantage of following these various influencers is that you’ll have a pulse of what’s important in the environmental movement.
This means you’ll be able to stay on top of trends and have something to break the ice when attending networking meetings.
So take a skim and see who you could connect with.
PS. If you know anyone else who should be on this list leave a comment below!
Kate is a Mother Jones reporter who covers energy and environment mostly.
She also contributes to Current’s Countdown and enjoys running, bikes and books.
Major influence areas: energy, environment
Jeff is a dedicated blogger who’s been talking about the environment since 2003.
He is one of the top influencers on all things green and environment.
Major influence areas: environment, green
3. Andy Revkin (@Revkin)
Andy is a top New York Times influencer in the areas of media, science, environment and sustainability.
He also talks a lot about issues of poverty.
Major influence areas: science, environment, sustainability
Tim is a writer, editor and green social media wrangler.
He is also the founder of Ecopolitology.
Tim is a heavily followed influencer in the areas of green and environmental issues.
5. Shea Gunther (@sheagunther)
Shea is a Mainer, dad and blogger covering climate change and renewable energy for MNN.
He also the founder of #EcoMonday, and an ultimate frisbee player.
Shea is currently back in school studying environmental and computer science.
He’s a top influencer in green, environmental and sustainability issues.
Also a self proclaimed “social activist, greenie, columnist, forkoverknifer, tech nerd and outdoor enthusiast.”
7. Peter Kobel (@TheEcoist)
Peter is a writer, author, advocate for environmental, economic and social justice.
Major influence areas: green, climate change, environment, eco, wildlife
Danielle works for the National Wildlife Federation (@NWF).
She’s always learning & laughing.
He interests include: nature, animals, nonprofits, social media technology and life.
Her actual influence areas are: green, environment, nonprofit and wildlife.
CSR & sustainability believer, European Director @3BLMedia, Founder of Coethica, small business advocate, non-profit plate spinner and now a runner again.
Major influence areas: environment, sustainability, csr.
Leader of the Green Party, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, an activist, an author and a mother.
Elizabeth’s books include Frederick Street – Living and Dying on Canada’s Love Canal, Global Warming For Dummies, At The Cutting Edge: The Crisis In Canda’s Forests and Losing Confidence: Power, Politics And The Crisis In Canadian Democracy.
She was the first female Green Party MP to be elected in Canada.
Disclosure: Elizabeth was once a co-professor for an Environmental Policy course I took during my Master’s at Queen’s University.
11. Karl Burkart (@greendig)
Top areas of influence: green, environment, cleantech.
12. Summer Rayne Oakes (@sroakes)
Summer loves running barefoot (sort of like me) and collects bugs.
In her spare time she’s an undercover model working on environmental programs worldwide.
Major areas of influence: sustainable, sustainability, environment
13. Kelly Drennan (@ecofashionista)
Kelly is an excellent PR publicist and eco-fashion advocate.
I met her a few times and she’s very well connected.
She is also a social media adept, writer, speaker, mom and yogi.
Top areas of influence: greenfashion, ecofashion, eco
14. George Beckingham (Google+)
“Safety and Environmental Coordinator, unpublished author, blogger, do-it-yourselfer, life-long learner, and all-around concerned citizen of this endangered Earth.”
Bragging Right: ”I’ve travelled around a considerable portion of the world, and seen numerous examples of what people do to each other, good and bad. As a result of my experience, my goal is to do something that helps people in some small way.”
Top areas of influence: environment, health
15. Uwe Skrzypczak (Google+)
Uwe works as a conservation photographer and book author.
He is a member of the IEPA – International Environment Photographer Association Niigata, Japan.
Top areas of influence: conservation, wildlife
16. Jim Lord (LinkedIn)
Jim is the founder of Ecovert Sustainability Consultants.
He is exceptionally well connected in the environmental industry particularly in green building, LEED certification and greenhouse gas emission analysis.
It’s very likely he can give you hints or advice on who in the industry you could talk to.
Top areas of influence: green building, construction
Jim is a management consultant, international bestselling author, speaker, Trends & Tech columnist and Huffington Post blogger.
Top areas of influence: environment, green, energy efficiency
18. Jordy Gold (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Jordy is the Canadian Campaigns Director at Change.org though I’ve known him to be many things including: sustainability and strategy consultant, Director of Business Development at Corporate Knights Magazine, a seasoned writer and one who has interviewed 15 of the world’s sustainability leaders including Jane Goodall, David Suzuki and Robert Kennedy Jr.
I first met Jordy when he was running political campaigning for Elizabeth May.
Top areas of influence: social change, environment, energy, sustainability, politics
Experienced blogger and consultant in topics of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Social Media.
Fabian is the owner of TheEnvironmentSite.org.
Top influence areas: csr, sustainability, green
20. Liz McLellan (@hyperlocavore)
Liz is the owner of hyperlocavore.com, a yardsharing community.
She’s a self proclaimed foodie, gardener, “crafty nerd” and “hot headed ginger”.
Top influence areas: peakoil, sustainability, gardening, frugal, green
21. Marc Gunther (@MarcGunther)
Marc is a writer and speaker on business and sustainability.
He’s a contributing editor at FORTUNE and senior writer at GreenBiz.com.
Top influence areas: sustainability, environment, green
22. David Suzuki (@David Suzuki)
Practically everyone has heard of David Suzuki.
His Twitter feed is mostly about Science Matters and Small Steps (to sustainability).
Top influence areas: environment, sustainability, nature
Robert is the President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Senior Attorney for NRDC, and Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper.
Sadly he seems to protect his Tweets so you’ll have to see if he finds you interesting enough to accept as a follower.
24. Elaine Hsieh (@elaineishere)
Elaine is a global business strategist and former green building geek.
She is focused on energy, sustainability, and innovation.
Top areas of influence: green, sustainability, LEED
25. Andrew Newton (Twitter)
Andrew runs APEsphere.com (through @madameape) which is a blog on progressive business and engaged, green living.
Top areas of influence: csr, sustainability, green
26. Gil Friend (Twitter)
Gil is a strategic sustainability thought leader, consultant, & coach.
His blog: http://blogs.natlogic.com/friend.
Top influence areas: sustainability, strategy, business
27. Joanna Yarrow (@joannayarrow)
Joanna is an explorer of 21st-century sustainable living.
She also direct @wildernesswood.
Top areas of influence: eco, sustainability, green
28. Paul Smith (@GreenSmith)
Top influence areas: greenbusiness, sustainability
29. Sarah Wechsberg (@TheEcofoodie)
“Sustainability Entrepreneur. Advocate for Sustainable Food Systems, Local Farms & Environment. Systemics. Innovation. SocEnt. The Idea Hive. GreenMBA. Foodie.”
Top influence areas: green, foodie, sustainability
30. Tom Raftery (@TomRaftery)
“Lead Analyst at GreenMonk, the Energy and Sustainability practice of industry analyst firm RedMonk.”
Top influence areas: energy, sustainability, green