About Rob
Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world.
Rob is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger in the U.S. He has dove into more than two thousand dumpsters across the U.S. to demonstrate how nearly half of all food in the U.S. is wasted while 50 million (1 in 7) Americans are food insecure.
Rob has cycled across the U.S. three times on a bamboo bicycle, bringing his message of sustainability and earth-friendly living to the nation. His first bike ride across the U.S. is now a book, Dude Making a Difference. On his third cross country ride, Green Riders, he was joined by 48 people throughout the ride, all doing good deeds on bikes.
In 2015 he lived off the grid in a 50-square-foot tiny home in San Diego before auctioning it and raising enough money to build 10 tiny houses for people with no homes.
In 2016 Rob landed in Rio, Brazil without a penny in his pocket, on a mission to travel to Panama, 7,000 miles and 7 countries away, relying on the goodness of humanity. This adventure is a six-episode series called Free Ride on Discovery Channel and is playing worldwide. He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits.
Rob is currently traveling the USA in the service of others and owns just 111 possessions.
Rob’s adventures and his life have caught the attention of the world and he has been featured on thousands of media outlets including the BBC, CBS This Morning, Discovery Channel, USA Today, LA Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and TEDx.

*** You can read more about him here and media appearances here. ***

For Rob’s current speaking schedule click here.

Rob in Paris, France in 2017, giving his second TEDx

 

To date, Rob has spoken at over 130 events to more than 13,000 people in 13 countries. He has spoken at a wide range of venues from elementary school through universities, small businesses to international corporations, rural villages to big cities, municipal organizations, nonprofits, and more.

He is able to relay his message to people of all ages and walks of life and has connected with 4-year-olds at preschools to elders in senior care centers.

He has given two TEDx talks, present at TEDxTeen on “How to End the Food Waste Fiasco in London” and TEDxIHEParis in Paris on how to “Be the Change in a Messed up World.”

Above all else in his public speaking, Rob is proud of the fact that he’s able to inspire people enough that when they walk out of the room, they commit to making changes for a better world. His talks are not just educational and inspirational but often quite hilarious, making the topic of sustainability much more attainable to a wide range of people. He is able to reach people who’ve barely thought of environmental issues, yet there is no choir for Rob to speak to. Because of his lead-by-example actions and his extreme dedication to the cause, he is able to inspire people who’ve been working in the field for decades to take things a step further.

To inquire about a speaking event with Rob, please email spea[email protected] Because Rob lives a simple life and has minimal monetary needs, a vast majority of the money Rob raises from speaking is donated to environmental nonprofits. For further information on that see Rob’s vows and his net worth. 100% of Rob’s income from media including his TV show and book are donated to nonprofits.

Rob presenting Trash Me in Vienna, Austria on his 2017 European tour

Testimonials

Book Rob. Book him now. Not only does he have the most compelling and important content that the world needs to know about, but he takes you on an adventure with him right from your seat. He knows how to play off the audience and his confidence is organic and contagious. He is wonderful to work with – organized, dedicated and so much fun. I work with many speakers and by far he was one of the best decisions we ever made. If you’re looking for a speaker who gets conversations going beyond event day – look no further. He is authentic as authentic comes.

-Jess Teutonico, Executive Director, We Are Family Foundation and Curator, TEDxTeen

 

There are those who know all the right things to do but know not how to pass along the knowledge, and there are those who know all the right things to say but know not how to put it in action…  It’s very rare to see someone who not only talks the talk and walks and walk, but also has the ability to relate to others and engage their attention within 10 seconds, regardless of age or gender. Rob is that person.  Over the course of his “Trash Talk” given to our elementary students and their parents, we noticed that the kids went from being fidgety on the benches to migrating towards the stage one by one, and forming a circle around Rob. We all walked away more informed about how to be kinder to our environment and inspired to take actions. I could almost see another one or more kids from tonight’s audience following Rob’s footsteps in another decade or two!

-The Forest Hill Elementary School STEM Committee

 

What really sums up the experience is that the first thing that was said was: “Wow, he is just such a good person” and it is safe to say that we were all thinking it. After talking with Rob, the group stayed for almost an hour past our meeting time discussing ways we could implement the things he mentioned on campus. It was the most realistic, productive, and exciting meeting we have had as that group! He provided us with so much knowledge and insight on how to make a difference in this world, and now we believe we will!

Emily Mazan, Secretary of Valparaiso University Environmental Club

 

Rob told stories of just how far he discovered we need to go in order to truly address the brokenness of the world we are living in. But he also told these stories with such love and warmth, and without judgment, that we were left feeling inspired rather than guilty and overwhelmed. He truly inspired us as a community to keep these conversations going. One result of which is, we now have a Food Savers scheme, redistributing food that would otherwise be dumped. Thank you Rob!

-Ciara Brehony, Common Ground Bray, Wicklow, Ireland.

 

 

“Rob was a refreshing change from our “normal” external speakers.  He fully connected and engaged the younger generation in particular (our audience were mostly in their 20s).  By combining the environment with adventuring it gives a more interesting angle to pure “environment” talks which risk a boring preach leaving you feeling guilty and overwhelmed.  Many in the audience observed that they subsequently talked to friends about the issues, as well as animated conversations with those present on the night.  These are the current issues facing our world today and Rob tackles them with the right level of seriousness but mostly with humour and fun stories.”

-Quote from a Partner at a Big 4 Professional Services firm

 

Rob Greenfield was a captivating and passionate speaker who highlighted our sustainability conference. His dedication to positivity and sustainability was strongly apparent, making his presentation as equal in popularity to our national best-selling keynote speaker! It was clear that during Rob’s presentation, a wave of inspiration and excitement spread through the audience, sparking a meaningful discussion about simple living.

-Aaron Hussmann, Former Campus Organizer for CALPIRG Energy Service Corps

 

I have found that students often feel overwhelmed by the magnitude and scope of global environmental problems, and they sometimes feel helpless in reflecting on their roles in potential solutions. Rob was able to connect with the students in a practical and engaging way, and he appealed to their interests in a manner that academic texts are unable to achieve. Furthermore, his experiences provided the basis for our ongoing class discussions about the various ways that each of us can communicate about our environmental attitudes and concerns, and about suggestions for new approaches, behaviors, or habits. In a word, Rob’s discussion with this class was inspirational, and the enthusiastic responses from the students confirmed its value for their learning experiences.

Robert B. Richardson, PhD Michigan State University

 

Rob Greenfield’s presentation was awe-inspiring and inspirational for our 5th-grade environmental heroes. Months later, students are still referring to “the trash man” as we complete our all-school compost project. Now more than ever, our students understand the importance of reducing their waste and discouraging wasteful habits of others.

-Claire Brennan, Service Learning Coordinator at Friends Seminary

 

Rob Greenfield gives us the gold standard in sustainability presentations. He rivets his audiences with stories of his unique adventures and incredible visuals. Rob shows us that living sustainably just requires some thought, preparation and sometimes a little bit of grit. All of us need to live more sustainably and Rob shows us how. He shows us that going to the extremes of sustainability is doable, satisfying, educational and fun.

-Dave Engel, co-founder San Diego 350 Planet Based Diet Team

 

Rob is a great speaker. It was a great experience to host Rob Greenfield in Vienna with 350 people in the audience. His natural way of being, speaking was truly inspiring for everyone. Rob took a lot of time before and after the show to connect in person with as many fans as possible. His stories stay with us long with us after the talk. No one who has seen Rob Greenfield live, believes that he or she cannot be the change we want to see in the world. We all can just do it.

-Helene Pattermann, Founder of Zero Waste Austria 

 

Rob Greenfield brings with him a magnetic energy that you feel not only in his action and solution oriented message, but an energy that radiates in the room and ignites a passion in his audience as well. His presentation to my students left a lasting impression not only on them, but also the adults in the room because he doesn’t just present a problem, he empowers them with tangible solutions. He doesn’t just say to become part of the solution, he demonstrates exactly how. Rob is well-traveled and he brings his worldly experiences and knowledge to his interactions, which makes him very personable and able to connect with people almost instantaneously. I highly recommend Rob if you’re considering having him do a presentation at your organization because everyone present will walk away thinking and ready to act.

Pallavi Shastri, Green Team Coordinator P.S. 69Q, Jackson Heights, N.Y

 

The local Authority Waste Prevention Network in Ireland was delighted to have Rob as their Key Note speaker at their annual plenary meeting. Whilst everybody in the room was already committed to waste prevention and sustainability, Rob provided great motivation and ideas to us all, to continue our work in community engagement. One of the key take home messages was that although the problems our planet face are huge, we cannot do nothing, and that each one of us should take responsibility for our own actions, something that Rob has clearly done. Since the talk, a number of participants have used Rob’s ideas with events such as a food rescue event and a zero waste meal in a restaurant.

Nial O’Connor, Environmental Awareness Officer Monaghan County Council

 

Having Rob come and talk to the students about waste gave the hope needed to make change. Students knew a lot about all the negatives of climate change and waste and many viewed the ‘solution’ as large and unachievable. Rob was able to provide meaningful and realistic changes students could do right away, so they did! As a class they decided to all give up using plastic straws straight away, this was the seed needed to allow further action to happen as children and young adults. What made it special was it all came from Rob’s own personal experience, giving everything a solid context. The whole session was pitched perfectly to the age and ability of the students and they loved hearing about his adventures and asking plenty of engaging questions.

Marcus James,  International School of Geneva Switzerland

 

I highly recommend inviting Rob Greenfield to speak to your class or group about sustainable living and making a difference. Rob spoke to my sustainability and justice class in San Diego City College’s Peace Studies program, and the students loved it. He’s a very engaging speaker and the students found his story to be accessible, relatable and inspiring. Rob shows that someone just like them can make a big difference just by making some changes to how they live their lives. He makes this seem not only feasible, but fun!

-Stephanie Knox Cubbon, Peace Studies Professor, San Diego City College

 

Rob came to a chilly Lancing College on the south coast of England, to talk to our 16 and 17-year-olds and truly inspired them with his passion for the environment and how to live lightly on the earth. We have so many plans to improve the school’s approach to the environment as a result of Rob’s visit. He was great fun and his sheer zest for life was infectious.

-Daniel Connolly, Assistant Head, Lancing College

 

The impact of his story was evident in the fact that people came from right across London and beyond to hear him speak about zero waste living and his invaluable observations. Rob is a doer, plain and simple and because of that, he is a change-maker and inspiration to us all. This is what matters, his hands-on approach to getting things done will be the thing that makes the difference.

-Alice Gilsenan, Co Founder Tiny Leaf London

 

We knew an event photo of a fit dude naked on a bike might draw in a few more audience members than our events usually do, what we didn’t anticipate was the enormous effect Rob would have on the student body. Never has the society had so many people signing up to actually be involved. He took the ideas of sustainability that everyone had talked about for years in the society and brought them alive. The increase in environmental action on campus is absolutely amazing. Rob has wonderful friendly charisma and a way of making his lifestyle and ways of addressing incredibly important environmental issues  accessible and desirable. People still come up to me 5 months later and tell me what a super few days it was. I think the most telling thing is that no one felt like a message was being forced upon them. Everyone had fun. Everyone wanted to be his friend. What more could you want from an ambassador for good?

-Aine O’Gorman, President of Environmental Society at Trinity College Dublin

Rob speaking at Envision Festival in 2016