SAN FRANCISCO — The Bay Area philanthropist who created the Goldman Environmental Prize to reward grass-roots activism around the world has died.
Richard Goldman died at home Monday at 90. Amy Lyons, executive director of the foundation that awards the prize, said he died of natural causes.
Launched in 1989, the $150,000 Goldman Prize is informally dubbed the “Green Nobel.’’ It is awarded to people “who chose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment.’’
The 2010 recipients included a Costa Rican man whose work resulted in that country’s halting the practice of shark finning.