Celebs – they’re just like us. They walk their dogs. They go to the grocery store in jeans. They even go solar. Several of this year’s Oscar nominees have taken advantage of their platforms by supporting green initiatives and implementing solar energy systems into their homes. Take a look at the famous faces helping to inspire the transition from traditional to solar energy.

1. Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett in 2013. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Cate Blanchett in 2013. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Cate Blanchett was ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting solar energy. Back in 2010, she and her husband both got involved in investing in the solar industry, and attended the unveiling of the solar power array that was installed on the Sydney Theater Company, of which they are both co-artistic directors. It’s the second-largest solar power system in Australia and covers 70 percent of the theater’s energy needs.

2. Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston has stolen the spotlight again with Trumbo, but his home has stolen the spotlight as the first Passive Design residence within Ventura County. The Platinum LEED-certified abode uses not only solar energy, but radiant heating, rain water collection, LED lighting, recycled materials and Energy Star appliances.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio delivering remarks at Our Oceans conference. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Leonardo DiCaprio delivering remarks at Our Oceans conference. Source: Wikipedia Commons

This may be Leo’s big year at the Oscar’s, but he does many other things worth commending. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support the protection of the environment and endangered species, and he recently donated another $15 million to conservation efforts. The star is an active and vocal proponent of renewable energy, and even contributed to the Paris climate talks, urging listeners to “commit to no less than 100 percent renewable energy as soon as possible. Do not wait another day.” He is also involved in Powerhive’s mission to supply rural areas in developing countries with renewable energy technology that will improve their communities.

4. Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams, who is nominated for her role in Spotlight, lives off the beaten path in a home powered by solar energy. She rides her bike as much as possible and drives an electric car.

5. Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo visiting Sungevity's Oakland office. Source: Sungevity

Mark Ruffalo visiting Sungevity’s Oakland office. Source: Sungevity

Though he’s also nominated for his role as a reporter in Spotlight, Mark Ruffalo is perhaps best known for playing world-saving scientist Bruce Banner in The Avengers. His character would be proud, considering Ruffalo is a voice for The Solutions Project, which aims to end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels according to a step-by-step renewable energy initiative. He installed Sungevity solar panels on his home in 2012, making it his mission to prove that solar can be a widespread, viable energy alternative.

6. Tom Hanks

These celebrities inspire the world to make changes, but Tom Hanks aims the inspiration a little closer to home; he’s part of the Solar Neighbors program, which donates a solar energy system to an L.A. family in need whenever an invited celebrity invests in a solar energy system for their own home. He also makes informal videos detailing the advantages of driving an electric car.

Best of luck to these talented celebrities, both at the Oscars and in their missions to improve the world through supporting sustainable energy initiatives!

Contributed by guest blogger Bryn Huntpalmer for Modernize. Bryn is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an Editor for Modernize. In addition to regularly contributing to Home Remodeling and Design websites around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker.com and About.com.

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Posted by Bryn Huntpalmer

Bryn is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an Editor for Modernize. In addition to regularly contributing to Home Remodeling and Design websites around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker.com and About.com.