Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor, Author, and Environmental Activist
Expo Presentation: Electric Vehicle Sustainability: Overcoming Barriers & Resistance
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Thursday, September 12 | Open to All
Long before the days of EV buyer waitlists and charging stations at grocery stores, Ed Begley, Jr. was driving around California in a Taylor-Dunn electric cart. He’ll take to the expo stage to share his personal — and often humorous — journey to shift his transportation choices toward renewable and sustainable options.
About Ed Begley, Jr.
When it comes to taking personal responsibility for sustainability, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Originally recognized for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, Begley has since authored two nationally distributed books on sustainable living — Living Like Ed and Ed Begley's Guide to Sustainable Living — and is known for turning up at black tie Hollywood events on his bicycle or from the subway station.
Begley represents the gold standard for sustainable living and energy efficiency advocacy and is one of the sought-after speakers on EVs, solar power, and energy storage. His empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes everything from stories about driving his 1970 electric cart to helpful hints on picking the "low hanging fruit" of energy savings.
Begley lives in a custom LEED Platinum home that is truly a showcase of energy efficiency and sustainable living thanks to its solar electricity, solar water heating, gray water recycling, and lighting automation. His transportation hierarchy starts with his bicycle, then moves from public transportation to pure electric automobiles and hybrids.
When not speaking about his long-time dedication to renewable energy, Begley can be seen on the critically acclaimed ABC show, Bless This Mess.