Our Greenest Presidents

Lead by example — this well-known mantra has always been one of our favorites. When it comes to living green, we believe eco-friendly choices are easier to make if our leaders, role models, family and friends are also making similar choices.

And when the President of the United States shares a passion for making our planet a healthier place, well, that speaks volumes.

In honor of President’s Day, we’re taking a look at a few of our nation’s greenest presidents — from Teddy Roosevelt to some surprising picks. If they can do it it, so can we.

See the list of green presidents » Did we miss anyone? Share your favorite green president in the comments section below.

[Image: Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Image source: Chris Helzer/TNC]


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  1. No list of the greatest conservation presidents would be complete without Jimmy Carter, who used the Antiquities Act to permanently protect over 100 million acres of public lands in Alaska.

  2. Why does JFK make the list for Cape Cod National Seashore, in his home state, while Jimmy Carter who nearly doubled the number of acres managed by the National Park Service doesn’t merit a mention?

  3. It’s hard to decide, but FDR and his CCC was literally life-saving for the US.

  4. Nixon started EPA and the clean air/water acts. Before him TR.

  5. You missed Pres. U. S. Grant, who created the first National Park, Yellowstone.

  6. Theodore Roosevelt <3

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