Julia Barr

Julia Barr

Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress (and eight-time Emmy nominee) Julia Barr is best known as Brooke English on the television daytime drama "All My Children," a role she played for 30 years. She also is devoted to the protection of animals and has been an active voice for several national campaigns over the past decade.

Julia filmed multiple public service announcements for spay/neuter and shelter adoption campaigns that ran on ABC television stations and on Animal Planet. Profits from her holiday music CD "From Our House to Yours" were given to The Fund for Animals. She volunteers in various capacities for a local animal shelter near her home in New Jersey.

Her family includes two adopted cats and a dog named Lucy.

Visit her site at www.juliarosebarr.com.

Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer Van Straten

Best known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of the Fangtasia bar in HBO's hit series True Blood, actress Kristin Bauer also has guest-starred in numerous television shows, including Seinfeld, L.A. Law, Bones and Desperate Housewives.

Born and raised in Racine County, Wis., Kristin moved to Los Angeles and began acting in 1994 after studying fine arts in St. Louis, Boston and New York. She still studies drawing and painting and does commissioned portraits when she's not acting or working to better the treatment of animals. She lives in L.A. with and her musician South African husband, Abri van Straten, and two rescued dogs.

Nature and animals are her greatest passions, she says, as they "have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I could have ever dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest and most magical artist I have ever seen." Visit her site at www.kristinbauer.com.

Brita Belli

Brita Belli

Brita Belli is the editor of E / The Environmental Magazine, the largest independent magazine dedicated to green issues. Prior to joining E, Brita was the arts editor at the Fairfield County Weekly where she won numerous awards for her writing from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, New England Press Association, and Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.

Her stories have been featured in the books: Notes from the Underground: The Most Outrageous Stories from the Alternative Press and Best AltWeekly Writing and Design 2006 and she edited the forthcoming book, EarthTalk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions About the Environment. She writes a green column for Connecticut Home & Garden and her articles have appeared in Plenty Magazine, MSN.com, Treehugger.com, Fairfield Magazine, Colorado Springs Independent, Black & White City Paper, Illinois Times, and Monterey County Weekly.

She has appeared on numerous TV programs as an eco-expert, including the Comcast Network, the Regional News Network and Connecticut's News Channel 8, and maintains a blog on sports and the environment at www.PlayItGreen.com.

Rachelle Carson-Begley

Rachelle Carson-Begley

Actress and green activist Rachelle Carson-Begley stars with her husband, Ed Begley Jr., on their own television series, Living With Ed, on HGTV and Discovery's Planet Green channel. The reality show chronicles their green-living lifestyle.

In 2009, Rachelle was named one of Glamour magazines "70 Women of Green." She supports many charities and in 2010 served as a celebrity model in Born Free USA's fur free fashion show fffashion L.A.. Rachelle has worked in theater, films and TV for 27 years, and she is hoping for another 50! In her free time, she loves decorating her home and spending time with her husband and their daughter, Hayden. Visit her site at www.rachellecarson.com.

Elizabeth Emanuel

Elizabeth Emanuel

With a master's degree in fashion from the Royal College of Art in London and an unprecedented reaction to her college showing, Elizabeth Emanuel seemed destined to become an international design and couture legend.

In 1981, world interest focused on the marriage of Diana Spencer to Prince Charles. It was the Elizabeth's now famous black evening dress that was to change overnight the image of a shy teenager into that of a future princess. It was to Elizabeth whom Lady Diana Spencer turned to create the wedding dress of the century. Seven hundred million television viewers around the world watched as the Emanuel name became a symbol overnight.

During the next few years Elizabeth developed her unique blend of fantasy and natural flair, building an extensive client list. She was commissioned by Elizabeth Taylor to design her wardrobe for the promotion of her "White Diamond" perfume and by Joan Collins to design her wardrobe for the much-publicized launch of her book "Prime Time."

Elizabeth has dressed many celebrities, including Bianca Jagger, Jane Seymour, Shakira Caine, Faye Dunaway, Twiggy, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Tilly, Daryl Hannah, Charlize Theron, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Hurley, Janice Dickinson, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul and Helena Bonham-Carter.

To learn more, visit her site at www.elizabethemanuel.co.uk/.

Green Award judge:

Summer Rayne Oakes

Summer Rayne Oaks

Affectionately known as "The World's First EcoModel," Summer Rayne has forged a career in sustainable style. She is now one of the leading authorities in sustainable design; author of best-selling style guide, Style, Naturally; and founder of her own consulting company, SRO, LLC and is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Source4 Style — the premier online destination for designers and retailers to search and source the world's leading sustainable materials and services from a network of global suppliers.

Summer Rayne graduated from Cornell University and is a Udall Scholar and PERC Environmental Fellow. Vanity Fair has named her a "Global Citizen," Glamour anointed her one of "The 70 Women of Green," AMICA called her one of "The Top 20 Trendsetters Under 40," and CNBC named her one of the "Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs of 2010." Visit her site at summerrayne.net.

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