The award-winning actor and director Robert Redford has long used his star power to champion environmental, social, and artistic causes. Roughly 40 years ago, he purchased a tract of land Utah?s Wasatch Mountains that would evolve into the 5,000-acre nature preserve and eco-resort known as Sundance. He later established the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute, and the Sundance Channel?all dedicated to supporting independent artists.
In 2009, the movie star expanded his enterprise yet again with the official establishment of the Redford Center, a nonprofit that facilitates ?positive social and environmental change through the arts, education, and civil discourse.? The organization has delivered on several fronts, from hosting a conference on water conservation to presenting an author series that has drawn eminent figures such as Madeleine Albright and E.O. Wilson.
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