In addition to his work as an actor, Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist. In 1975 he fought against Kaiparowits, a coal-fired power plant planned in Southern Utah surrounded by five National Parks. The outcome was that the plant was never built.
Mr. Redford has also been involved with many pieces of environmental legislation including the Clean Air Act (1974-75); The Energy Conservation and Production Act (1974-76); strip mining bills (1977-78) and the National Energy Policy Act (1989).
In 1983, Mr. Redford founded the Institute for Resource Management (IRM) which has sponsored conferences addressing environmental issues deadlocked by opposing sides, such as Future of the Electric Power Industry to Resource Development on Indian Lands, Offshore Oil Leasing in the Bering Sea and Urban Air Quality.