Each September a national coalition of electric vehicles hosts Electric Vehicle Drive Week. This year Atlanta coalition partners hosted an event at Avalon in Alpharetta. With over 40 cars on display. Southeast Green interviewed multiple EV drivers, but let's be honest the new Tesla X Model stole the show. So meet Dean, Tesla X owner, and Don Francis, Director of Clean Cities Georgia. Just one piece of advice...think Back to the Future.
Southface Energy's annual Visionary Dinner was quite special. It was the last Visionary Dinner with Dennis Creech at the helm of Southface. There really was only one word to describe the event...love. It's pretty amazing to see such a distinguished career honored with such an outpouring of love. Southeast Green was dedicated to capturing Dennis' speech so others could watch who couldn't attend. It's quite moving and touching. Needless to say Dennis was as gracious as ever and full of gratitude. We wish Dennis well as he moves to a new platform. We can't wait to see what happens next. Dennis will officially step down at the end of 2016.
Southface Energy hosts a preview event before each Visionary Dinner with a morning session. This year, they hosted two new comers to the Atlanta sustainability community. Meet Michael Oxman the new Managing Director of Scheller College's Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and the new president of Southface Energy, Andrea Pinabell. Both discussed their backgrounds and what drives them in their work for sustainability.
The Decatur Book Festival always has a few environmental authors and this year not only were the authors writing about nature but also about their hyper local Southern experiences in nature. Everyone relearned why we need writers with this one passage, "I come inside with cockle-burs climbing up my jeans forming new constellations". Don't you just love a good turn of phrase?
The 4th year of the Telluride Mountain Film on Tour saw growth in the number of days and the scope of the short films. Sure there was still mountain porn but expansion of social justice films too. We talked to the Director of Atlanta and learned about films that showed the last night and what Mountain film is all about.
The City of Atlanta recently had a press launch of five new pevs in the Atlanta fleet. Mayor Kasim Reed discussed all the growth of EVs in the City of Atlanta. Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power welcomed Commissioner Tim Echols who wowed the audience with his vision of an Atlanta EV future.