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.
The 4th Annual Ocean Exchange was held in Savannah. Southeast Green spent the day watching the presentations of half the competitors. The first half of the competitors presented on Monday. It's always fascinating to see companies pitch their ideas. What made this competition so interesting is delegates select the winners not a panel of judges. Although originally the award was for solutions to help save the oceans, there are now two awards one pertaining to the oceans and one for climate reducing technology. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom. Read about the winners.
Southface's annual Visionary Dinner is always a highlight of the year. 2015 was no exception. Steve Curwood of NPR and host of Living on Earth since 1991 was this year's keynote. He has done many things on NPR but the fact that he has committed to Living on Earth for so long proves he is a planet lover! Make no mistake, Steve is super knowledgeable about climate change and the equity of climate change. He is very informative, thoughtful and motivating. We did catch up with Steve and Charles Whatley after the morning event for SEGreen Mobile interviews. To see pictures from the morning and Visionary Dinner hop over to our Facebook page. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom and read up.
Winners of this year's Argon Award was Cox Enterprises. Lacey Lewis, VP of Finance accepted the award. A long time leader in the Atlanta area, which over 35 years has led to national prominence on sustainability. Their most notable and visible program is their Cox Conserves program which hosts Cox Conserves Heroes events in many of the Cox markets. The Cox Conserves Heroes programs award volunteers who have provided excellent leadership for an environmental organization. Awards for the winners can be as large as $10,000.
One more exciting note from the dinner. This year was the first year in ten years where there was a title sponsor. The honor went to Mohawk Carpet. Mohawk made the exciting announcement that they are fully committed to transparency and to exhibit that commitment, over 400 products free of chemicals considered in the "red" or most toxic category. The world is changing right before our eyes.