Actor/ Model ; USA
Ian Somerhalder set up the ‘IS Foundation’ with the aim to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. The IS Foundation focuses on habitat, energy and animals, as seeks to make connections to strengthen the push for positive environmental change.
Somerhalder is United Nations Ambassador for World Environment Day (UNEP), last year’s Most Responsible Celebrity award winner Gisele Bundchen, and Don Cheadle, to encourage people to mobilize their efforts, register their activities and set a record for clean-up efforts on a global scale. Somerhalder’s work with the UNEP has included a video call-to-arms for people to participate in environmental activity.
Somerhalder is involved with a start-up called Go Green Mobile Power, which makes mobile solar, wind and bio-diesel generators and hopes to provide off-grid power for everything from the film industry to disaster relief overseas.
Somerhalder has said of his environmental work “I don’t know how to do anything else other than be an actor. If I wasn’t in this, I would be in alternative energy and conservation”.
He is also involved with the group New Leash On Life, which takes in stray dogs and trains them to be service dogs. One of his latest green ideas is to make the Vampire Diaries set more eco-friendly.