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The Gulf is our Oyster

Join us as we talk the Gulf Coast with the Environmental Law Institute located in Washington DC.

Mr. Porter directs the Invasive Species Program at the Environmental Law Institute, where he also leads work related to seafood sustainability. Mr. Porter is the author of numerous reports and articles in academic journals on environmental law and policy, including contributions in the areas of invasive species, aquaculture and fisheries policy, and nanotechnology regulation. He is an expert on fisheries enforcement, comparative invasive species policies, and comparative ecolabel governance, among other topics. Mr. Porter also serves on the advisory board of the Maritime Environmental Resource Center, a ballast treatment technology testing facility based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Prior to joining ELI in 2006, Mr. Porter served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Mr. Porter holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in geology from Amherst College.

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Greening your Freezer

William M. Geist, Chief Executive Officer

As the head of The Madison Energy Group, Mr. Geist drives the Vision of a greener, better future through innovative technology and services and has brought a team of professionals together with the ability to execute that Vision. Mr. Geist takes a hands-on approach and works side by side with his Managing Directors and Reseller Channel in order to foster a team environment and flattened vertical corporate structure. He believes in a solid work ethic, team building, and a client-first philosophy to manage the organization. Mr. Geist intends to take Madison Energy to a global level within five years.

Prior to developing The Madison Energy Group, Mr. Geist was a Wealth Advisor for both Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. During this time, he focused on the management of individual and small to medium sized corporate investment assets. As a Wealth Advisor, Mr. Geist was responsible for the creation, monitoring, and re-balancing of equity based client portfolios and corporate retirement funds. After leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Geist created Madison Diversified, an alternative investment and private equity firm.

Mr. Geist holds a Business Management and Finance degree from The Richard Stockton College of NJ as well as Series 7, 66, and 31 financial licenses. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Stockton College and several other charitable boards.

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Coca-Cola: What is the PlantBottle?

Coca-Cola recently announced PlantBottle test markets in Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville. Already being used in the Dasani bottles, PlantBottles will be available through May in these three test markets. Learn how Coca-Cola is lowering it's carbon footprint and dependence on petroleum with this new exticing recipe for sustainable success!

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Rob Teilhet - Meet the New head of GA Conservation Voters

Georgia Conservation Voters works to elect and support leaders with conservation values, and to hold public officials accountable for supporting policies that ensure clean water and air, abundant wildlife, scenic landscapes, and ensure the economic opportunities that these vital resources provide.

Rob Teilhet joined Georgia Conservation Voters after serving four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives. At 36 years old, Teilhet ran for Attorney General in 2010 and raised more than $630,000, garnering more than 115,000 votes.
Following the campaign, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Teilhet Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.

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Peter Krull - How Sustainable Investing is Shaping Companies

Peter Krull has always loved the outdoors. Growing up in Western New York, he spent summers hiking and exploring at his family’s rural property. As an adult, living in Southwest Virginia, he regularly hiked the Appalachian Trail and camped in the picturesque area. More recently, he had the opportunity to live on one of Georgia’s undeveloped barrier islands – learning to appreciate its different ecosystem and coastal beauty.

During his successful career with Merrill Lynch, Peter met his wife, Melissa Booth, who was working as a professor and research scientist, studying how microbes function in the environment. He learned much about ecology, environmental awareness and our connection to the earth. He also found love!

About the same time, Peter had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with prominent green architect and philosopher, William McDonough, at his office in Charlottesville, VA. McDonough, the author of the book, Cradle to Cradle, and a major TED Conference speaker exemplified the potential for combining green and social values with a sound business strategy. With this holistic concept in mind, Peter founded Krull & Company in 2004.

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Bob Munger - Greening paths with Augusta Greenway Alliance

Bob Munger is President and Founder of the Augusta Greenway Alliance, an Augusta-based nonprofit devoted to smart growth and sustainable transportation. He is also a licensed architect and a certified construction manager with roughly 30 years experience in the design and construction industry. An avid environmentalist, he has been LEED accredited since 2003 and is Vice Chair of the Auguta Branch of the Georgia Chapter, USGBC.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Arkansas, and is the author of two books, including The Architecture of Exclusion, an influential treatise examining the regulatory affairs of the architectural profession.

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