11/18/2012 10:10 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Meryl Streep Shares Her Green Inspiration

This week, Meryl Streep shared the inspiration for her green activism with Fresh Dialogues and also shared some of her wicked sense of humor in this tribute to green design guru Bill McDonough. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in San Francisco hosted a gala Wednesday in honor of its cofounder, Bill McDonough and I secured an exclusive interview with the inimitable Meryl Streep.

Check out her hilarious speech and find out more about Streep's green credentials at Fresh Dialogues.

The first thing that strikes you about Meryl Streep is her grace and poise. Like a true royal, she glided into the throng of green designers and architects gathered at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Gala in San Francisco this week, completely unruffled by the crush of fans; the flash of cameras and smart phones; and the fierce security guards. Yet instantly, like a chameleon, Streep can switch from serene queen of the movies to cozy confidante. I found myself standing next to her and shook her hand. As you know, she's renowned for her authentic accents in every exotic role she's played, so I asked her, "Can you do a good Scottish accent?" She immediately leaned over and whispered in my ear, "I love the way they say murdererrrr!" Rolling those r's as only a lass from Scotland - or Meryl Streep - can do. Then she laughed with that infectious burst of effervescence. Now that would make even The Iron Lady melt a wee bit.

But enough trivia. The best part is, she agreed to a Fresh Dialogues interview and we had a lively conversation about her green design guru and close friend Bill McDonough; and why she's become an activist for the environment.

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