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Southface Winter Solstice Honors Exceptional Volunteers and Member

Dennis Creech - Southface Winter Solstice

Last week at the annual Southface Winter Solstice Celebration, Southface staff, members, and friends celebrated a successful year and honored key contributors to the organization’s mission, including outgoing co-founder and executive director Dennis Creech. As an added bonus, Maria Vargas, Senior Program Advisor from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Director of the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) was in attendance along with BBC leadership from Boston and Atlanta.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints John R. Seydel III as New Director of Sustainability

Mayor Kasim Reed has announced that John R. Seydel III, has been appointed as the new Director of the Office of Sustainability.Mayor Kasim Reed has announced that John R. Seydel III, has been appointed as the new Director of the Office of Sustainability. Seydel is an environmental advocate and recently served as the CEO of the Revolution Nation, an organization which aims to connect millennials to their elected representatives. Seydel will lead the City of Atlanta’s sustainability efforts as former Director Stephanie Stuckey Benfield transitions into her new role as the City of Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer.

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PowerEnfo™ has been selected as one of the 20 Most Promising Energy Technology Solution Providers 2016 by CIOReview

“We are proud to announce PowerEnfo™ as one among the 20 Most Promising Energy Technology Solution Providers 2016,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “PowerEnfo™ provides useful energy usage information in real time that can guide day-to-day management decisions without a significant investment of staff time.”

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Mayor Kasim Reed Accepts Climate Leadership Role with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

As board member, Mayor Reed will continue to make major strides in the fight against climate change and galvanize equally ambitious city action around the world As board member, Mayor Reed will continue to make major strides in the fight against climate change and galvanize equally ambitious city action around the world

Mayor Kasim Reed today announced he will join the board of the city-led Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – a soon-to-be-launched coalition of more than 7,100 cities committed to climate change – working to advance climate action both in the City of Atlanta and around the globe. In this role, Mayor Reed will work to galvanize city climate strategy across the United States, set the direction of the coalition and work to elevate the voice and role of cites on the global stage. Mayor Reed’s role on the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is a strong acknowledgement of the work being done in Atlanta.  “I’m proud to be joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy as a member of the board during this critical time for city-based climate action. Atlanta has made strong contributions towards building a low-carbon future, working to set carbon reduction targets and implementing changes that are necessary forces to propel the world towards reaching the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement,” said Mayor Reed. “We know that cities are stronger when we work together, and our collaboration through the Global Covenant of Mayors can demonstrate our impact and give us an even greater platform from which to advocate for greater support from our national and local governments.”

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Ch. 2 WSB-TV Names Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero

Ch. 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land announced Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero.Program donates $20,000 to environmental nonprofits in Metro Atlanta 

Ch. 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land announced Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero. The program honors volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.  

Cotten Taylor believes that park maintenance and improvement is everyone’s duty versus just a few individuals. She brought this belief to life by securing funding to make improvements at Chapel Hill Park that include a fitness stations, playground fishing pier and signage. In addition to being the park’s lead fundraiser, she facilitates volunteer cleanups and works with the Parks Department on security issues. Cotten Taylor’s nonprofit of choice, Park Pride, will receive $10,000 on her behalf.

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