We’re excited to announce that Hilton Kelley, one of this year’s special guests, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest prize honoring grassroots environmentalists.

“I speak up for the disadvantaged because it is my duty, it is the duty of all mankind to help those in need, those who have no voice, no way of helping themselves. Having compassion for others in adverse situations is the very thread that creates a civilized and just nation, a just society,” says Kelley.

Kelley was helping evacuees from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans find clothing, shelter, and food as Hurricane Rita bore down upon his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. He was inspired to return home and found Community In-Power and Development Association, a group that is working to improve conditions in the once-thriving city that is now faced with severe economic and environmental degradation.

Hilton will speak at the Moving Mountains Symposium about his grassroots efforts and how they can translate to every community.