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Getting Decatur Wise with Lena Stevens

Lena Stevens is the Resource Conservation Coordinator for the City of Decatur, GA. She began working with the City in June 2008, as a post-graduate intern, and began her current position in October 2009. Originally from Michigan, Lena received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University, and her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She began her career in local government working for the State and Local Government program at Michigan State University Extension.

Her work focuses on Decatur’s four pillars of sustainability; environmental, community, economic, and organizational/institutional. Some highlights of her work include the DecaturWISE residential rebate program, Kilowatt Crackdown Neighborhood Energy Challenge, and training for Atlanta area code officials on the new Georgia commercial and residential energy code. She is currently working with the City’s Environmental Sustainability Board to create a city-wide environmental sustainability plan.

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Energy Efficiency for your home today - Vis Viva Energy

VIS VIVA is a master HVAC / Energy Saving Contractor located in Chamblee, GA. We offer advanced Commercial and Residential HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system installation and repair, air-sealing, insulation, crawl-space encapsulation, consulting, health and safety testing and other related services. We deliver great value to our customers by making it easy and affordable to do business with us.

We are one of the real leaders in home and building performance in the Southeast having completed more than 240 energy upgrade projects in the last six months alone. We are also one of the fastest growing HVAC companies in the entire Southeast region. A fact that we attribute to our emphasis on performance.

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Tackling Low Hanging Fruit with Energy Efficiency

John E. Noel is founder and president of Energy & Environment LLC, a lighting retrofitting company based in Atlanta, Georgia.  John has spent more than a decade in the energy efficiency field, working in commercial, industrial, local and state government and military sectors.  John’s company has engaged in projects such as Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station in Honolulu, Hawaii; Vermont’s Colchester Army Reserve Center; a chain of Ice Packing Plants across the South; and Former Vice-President’s Al Gore’s home in Nashville, Tennessee.  His business has grown to be one of the leaders in Georgia in the green energy field.   The company’s expertise also includes energy audits in commercial and public spaces.

Mr. Noel served in the Georgia Legislature representing parts of Northwest Atlanta, serving on the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.  Mr. Noel introduced the first LEED construction bill in the General Assembly, and played an important role lobbying for the 2008 Georgia Clean Energy Tax Credit. John is an EPA Green Lights Surveyor ally, a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and the US Green Building Council.  John has been engaged in international dialogue on clean energy.  Within the past year, he has attended seminars and energy efficiency exchanges in Germany, Cuba and Singapore. He is also part of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of Green Chamber of the South.

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Georgia River Network - Georgia's Dirty Dozen

We are talking Georgia's Dirtiest Rivers with April Ingle of the Georgia River Network.

April joined Georgia River Network (GRN) as the Executive Director in June, 2003, and it’s fun to think back on how quickly time has passed and how far they’ve come in that time.

At GRN, she works with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and oversee programs, projects, administration and fundraising so they can meet the mission to protect and restore Georgia’s rivers. April also manages the Advocate Program and coordinates efforts to gain strong protections for Georgia’s rivers.She serves on the Leadership Team and chair the Communications Committee of the Georgia Water Coalition, a coalition of 180+ environmental and sportsmen's organizations, homeowners' and neighborhood associations, faith-based groups and businesses who share the common goal of protecting and caring for Georgia’s water resources for current and future generations. April monitors and lobbies the state legislature and participate and comment on policy-making decisions within various state and federal agencies. The biggest bonus of her job: the scouting trips Joe Cook and she take to plan out each year’s Paddle Georgia adventure – April has had the opportunity to paddle over 600 miles of 6 different Georgia Rivers on these scouting trips alone, and camp on some fantastic sandbars.

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Epsten Group - Leading on LEED

Dagmar B. Epsten is the founder and owner of Epsten Group, recognized in 2011 as one of the Top 300 Small Businesses of the South and ranked on Inc.’s list of fastest-growing private companies in America. In its 20-year history, Epsten Group has grown to a 50-person multidisciplinary architecture and building consulting firm with an international reach and a broad range of services, including Architecture/Interior Design, LEED Consulting/BIM-Based Energy Modeling, Commissioning/Mechanical Engineering, Building Envelope/Roofing/ Waterproofing Consulting and Green Building/Product Certifications under ISO Guide 65.

Ms. Epsten is a registered architect, certified commissioning authority, certified construction specifier, and LEED specialist.  Having worked with LEED since the year 2000, Ms. Epsten is a pioneer and expert in all aspects of LEED, with LEED specialties in Building Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Interior Design & Construction, Neighborhood Development, and Homes.  She guides building owners, managers, occupants, and complex project teams toward long-term value and optimized environments.  She has been involved as architect or consultant in many endeavors, including multiple-building portfolios, large, complex facilities, campuses, sustainable showcase buildings, and international projects,and has served many government agencies, institutions, corporations, nonprofits, and private clients.

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