This year's Legislative Session kicked off with multiple events. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Legislative Session with their annual Eggs & Issues breakfast. Celebrating their 100 year anniversary, the Chamber hosted the top Georgia state leadership to present their vision for legislative session this year. Speakers included Senator Johnny Isakson, Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Speaker of the House David Ralston.
This year's Greenbuild was in Washington DC. Southeast Green was sponsored by Mohawk Group. Mohawk Group announced their commitment to transparency through the International Future Living Institute (IFLI) Living Product Challenge. By using IFLI product declaration program, Mohawk has declared over 490 products. Many of them are Red List Free which is a designation that shows that the product is free of the most toxic chemicals in industry. That wasn't the only news at Greenbuild, Florida USGBC brought their new education trailer, and Thursday was packed with female achievement. It started off with Women In Green breakfast and finished with the Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. To see the pictures from the evenr go to our Facebook page. To read th takeaways from Greenbuild click here. We conducted a couple of Speaking of Green interviews with Mohawk Group's Jackie Detmer and USGBC Florida Chapter. To read the Tweets in order start at the bottom. To read specific sections click on the buttons below.
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Recently, at a lunch and learn was held at Velo Solar posted by GA PSC Commissioner Tim Echols. In arguably the coolest place in town to have lunch and learn, guests were treated to a large panel of speakers on sustainability in Atlanta. Covering topics from solar to EVs to energy efficiency, speakers discussed the latest developments with the myriad of projects. Southeast green also got to interview Mark Bell, President of Empower Energy about the release of their new code developed dashboard or solar monitoring and energy efficiency. To watch the interview click here. To see pictures from the event visit our Facebook page. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom.
SEEA hosted its annual conference at Georgia Tech. Bringing in speakers from all over the country and Energy Efficiency leaders from all over the country. Highlights this year included a keynote by Tom Fanning of the Southern Company and a fun committee. The conference was kicked off with an eloquent speech by Mandy Mahoney, Executive Director of SEE Alliance. Mandy always seems to capture the moment and explains the current state of the business of energy efficiency in the Southeast. This year had a block buster six key notes. Southeast Green caught one and a bit. To watch the bit of Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Company click here. To see the pictures of the event visit our Facebook page.
The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club hosted a remarkable panel discussion on environmental justice at the Civil and Human Rights Museum in downtown Atlanta. There a couple of reasons this was such an inspiring event. One, it was the first time the national Board Chair for the Sierra Club, Aaron Mair was here in Atlanta for the first time. Secondly, there was a shift in the conversation about environmental justice that hasn't been heard before. The discussion was more real and transparent than ever before at least in our opinion. Read from the bottom up to read in order. To see pictures from the event visit our Facebook page.
Atlanta Recycles along with the Georgia Recycling Coalition, City of Atlanta, USGBC Georgia, and BOMA Georgia hosted the kick-off event for the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge addition of recycling to the program. Atlanta has long been the leader of the national challenge and has pushed to add water conservation and recycling to the program making it more dynamic and holistic for sustainability purposes.
The program included several speakers including the EPA and Keep America Beautiful. Watch our interview with Brenda Pulley of Keep America Beautiful. We discuss recycling at work and the New York Times article that challenged America's recycling efforts. To read Southeast Green's response to the Washington Post's article about recycling click here. To see pictures from the event visit our Facebook page. To read tweets in order start at the bottom.