Huey Johnson

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Huey Johnson (1933 – July 12, 2020) was an American environmentalist and the founder of Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), a non-profit organization that deals with environmental sustainability.[1][2] He was also the founder of The Trust for Public Land, the Grand Canyon Trust and the Environmental Liaison Center.[3] In 2001, Johnson was awarded by the United Nations Environmental Programme the $200,000 Sasakawa Prize, considered one of the world's most important environmental awards.[4] Huey Johnson's work in resource management has been praised by United Nations officials for having a global perspective. The United Nations has also called Johnson "a catalyst and champion for environmental protection”.[5]

From 1978 to 1982, Johnson was appointed secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) during the Jerry Brown administration, after approval by the California State Senate.[6] Johnson is known for introducing Green Plans, an integrated approach to protecting and managing natural resources, to the United States. Mr. Johnson believes that these plans are capable of managing Climate Change. Green Plans, which have been implemented in the Netherlands (Nederland), New Zealand, Sweden, and Mexico City, provide useful working models to help countries plan for a more sustainable future.[7][8][9][10]

Johnson died on July 12, 2020 at the age of 87.[11]

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  1. ^ "Meet Huey Johnson". Resource Renewal Institute. Resource Renewal Institute. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Huey D. Johnson". Resource Renewal Institute. Resource Renewal Institute. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Profile: Huey Johnson". EcoIQ. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Huey D. Johnson : Winner 2001". UNEP Sasakawa Prize. United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  5. ^ "American environmentalist, Huey Johnson, wins UNITED NATIONS premier environment prize". UNEP News release 2001. United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  6. ^ "New Melones backers demand Johnson ouster". Lodi-News Sentinel. UPI. 3 October 1979. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  7. ^ Huey D. Johnson (19 June 2002). "Will Americans stand up for parks and open space?" (Op Ed.). Los Altos Hills Open Space. San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Interview: Huey Johnson". New Path Distinguished Speaker Series, MSU Land Policy Institut. Michigan State University. 19 March 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  9. ^ W. R. Prescott. "Strategy For A Green Century". Context Institute. Global Climate Change. p. 35. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  10. ^ Stewart Brand (6 October 2008). "Huey Johnson "Green Planning at Nation Scale"". The Long Now Foundation. The Long Now Foundation. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  11. ^ Huey Johnson, longtime environmental savior from Mill Valley, dies at 87

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