Kenmore, known for the refrigerators and barbecues sold at Sears, is one of them. The appliance maker's new line of energy-efficient washers and dryers exceed 2007 Energy Star standards by as much as 50 percent, according to Apartment Therapy, and one diswasher requires only as much energy as a 75-watt bulb to work. The good doctor was so taken with the performance that members of the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots program have made appearances at Sears stores to distribute information about conservation.
And what has drawn her focus away from the jungle? "Many of the problems I see happening in the developing world can be directly linked to our unsustainable lives in the developed world," she said.