Schwarzenegger Wins Green Governor of the Year Award

True to his blockbuster persona, California’s governor proved to be a superhero when it came to the environment in 2010.

This week, Gov. Shwarzenegger was presented with the first annual Green Governor of the Year Award by Lex Heslin, President and CEO of Beautiful Earth Group. The award was established to annually honor a Governor who shows the greatest leadership, courage, understanding and action in improving the environment.

The “Governator” was chosen for the eco-honor because of his groundbreaking achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, his push for an increase in the state’s renewable energy portfolio requirement, his ability to balance the complex interests of environmental groups, energy developers, utilities and consumers, and, in an election year, for turning the tide against a regulatory framework that potentially supports legalized pollution.

“I’m honored to be the first Governor chosen for this award,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. 

“California is showing the world that you can protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time.  We are creating a new economic foundation for the 21st Century built on clean fuel, clean energy and clean cars that is turning California into the green capital of the nation and the world, and I couldn’t be more proud of these accomplishments.”

Image Credit: (PRNewsFoto/Beautiful Earth Group, Justin Short, Office of the Governor)

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

It beats an Oscar.....

Past Member 4 years ago

what some people fail to realize and don't want to realize is that is does take time to change an can institute sound, viable fiscal policy but is can take years to actually make a huge difference. changing an economy from polluting production to energy and pollution free activities takes time and the initial years, it is quite common that profits will either not be present or not be significant...but the issues as they take hold will be far more beneficial as less money is spent in cleanup efforts and more money and activities move to green activities...of course...none of this matters to a lot of people who want everything they want and they WANT IT NOW....yep...reminds my of when my sons were in their terrible you...i merely say, grow up, shut up and give it a chance...we didn't get here over night and it will take a lot more than over night to get us out of it....

David N.
David N.4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR4 years ago

Wow...the governor of a bankrupt, virtually ungovernable state has gets a reward for such fiscal stupidity as insisting on MORE expensive regulations and subsidies?

Awnuld failed miserably to do more than move California's continuing economic slide to insolvency a bit slower towards the abyss. Of course Moonbeam will make him look Calvin Coolidge when its done and said...

Philippa P.
Philippa P.4 years ago

I must say, he's a greener governor than I thought he would be.

Robert Hamilton-Bruce

Isn’t it interesting that as soon as we have someone lauded for acting in a positive way, those who have and will achieve nothing in their lives emerge from under some dark and dank rocks to try to bring them down. The whole world suffers from the ‘tall poppy’ syndrome but it is really very poor spirited and achieves nothing.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago


Joe k.
Joe k.4 years ago

great good luck to him ,keep the good work going

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Goodjob. Congratulations Governator! ;)

Deanna Murphy
Cindy Murphy4 years ago

WHAT?!?!?!!?! Only like four months ago he tried to get more oil drilling going on our coast. He does not deserve that award.