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Climate Change Conference

Four million people rely on the Chattahoochee River for their drinking water, including 70% of the residents in metro Atlanta. As the state’s most heavily utilized waterway, the Chattahoochee is essential for recreation, power generation, wastewater assimilation, and crop irrigation, among other uses.

Join us at the first-ever conference focused exclusively on climate change effects in the watershed as we explore solutions for a resilient future for all who depend on the Chattahoochee River.

Meet leading scientists and experts who will share knowledge of changing climate conditions, impacts to human and ecological interests, risk assessment and resiliency planning tools and innovative measures for mitigation and adaptation.

Conference Objectives

    1. To present reliable scientific data and analysis of current and future climate conditions and trends in the Chattahoochee River Basin.
    2. To understand the impacts of climate conditions to human, infrastructure and ecological interests.
    3. To offer solutions to mitigate climate change, and for adaptation and resiliency to meet challenges.
    4. To promote dissemination of knowledge, gathering, dialogue and planning among those involved in research, planning and implementation at local, regional and state levels.
    5. To improve education and communication of climate change risks throughout the Chattahoochee River Basin.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Paul Hawken, Keynote Speaker
Executive Director,
Project Drawdown
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming.

Paul has appeared in numerous media including the Today Show, Larry King, Talk of the Nation, Charlie Rose, and has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, Business Week, Esquire, and US News and World Report. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Resurgence, New Statesman, Inc, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Orion, and many other publications.

Paul authors articles, op-eds, and peer-reviewed papers, and has written seven books including four national bestsellers: The Next Economy (Ballantine 1983), Growing a Business (Simon and Schuster 1987), and The Ecology of Commerce (HarperCollins 1993) and Blessed Unrest (Viking, 2007). The Ecology of Commerce was voted as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999) co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today. His books have been published in over 50 countries in 28 languages. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which he hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and reached more than 100 million people. Paul wrote and edited Drawdown in collaboration its research team. He is also authoring a book entitled Carbon, The Business of Life, to be published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Paul has founded several companies, starting in the 1960s with Erewhon Trading Company, one of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He went on in 1979 to co-found Smith & Hawken, the retail and catalog company. In 2009 Paul founded OneSun, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry.

In 1965, Paul worked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s staff in Selma, Alabama prior to the historic March on Montgomery. As press coordinator, Paul registered members of the press, issued credentials, gave updates and interviews on national radio, and acted as a marshal for the final march. That same year, he worked in New Orleans as a staff photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality, focusing on voter registration drives in Bogalusa, Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida, and photographing the Ku Klux Klan in Meridian, Mississippi, after three civil rights workers were tortured and killed. In Meridian, he was assaulted and seized by Klan members, but escaped due to FBI surveillance and intervention. Paul has spoken, conducted research, and traveled extensively throughout the world, undertaking journeys into insurgent-held territories of Burma to research tropical teak deforestation, as well as a 1999 humanitarian/photojournalistic trek to war-torn Kosovo and Macedonia.

As a speaker, Paul has given keynote addresses to the Liberal Party of Canada, the King of Sweden at his inaugural Environmental Seminar, American Bookseller’s Association, Urban Land Institute, SRI International, Harvard University, Stanford University, the Wharton School, Cornell University, Prime Minister of New Zealand’s Conference on Natural Capitalism, U.S. Department of Commerce, Australian Business Council, Yale University and Yale University Commencement, University of California, Berkeley Commencement, France’s Ministry of Agriculture, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Prince of Wales Conference on Business and the Environment—Cambridge University, Commonwealth Club, Herman Miller, National Wildlife Federation, State of Washington, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Solar Energy Association, Apple, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Cleveland City Club, Conference Board, U.S. Forest Service, Ontario Hydro, Environment Canada, EPA, and several hundred others. PBS named his 2009 commencement speech at the University of Portland the best commencement speech of the year.

Paul has served on the board of many environmental organizations including Point Foundation (publisher of the Whole Earth Catalogs), Center for Plant Conservation, Conservation International, Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Earth, and National Audubon Society. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: Green Cross Millennium Award for Individual Environmental Leadership presented by Mikhail Gorbachev in 2003; World Council for Corporate Governance in 2002; Small Business Administration “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1990; Utne “One Hundred Visionaries who could Change our Lives” in 1995; Western Publications Association “Maggie” award for “Natural Capitalism” as the best Signed Editorial/Essay” in 1997; Creative Visionary Award by the International Society of Industrial Design; Design in Business Award for environmental responsibility by the American Center for Design; Council on Economic Priorities’ 1990 Corporate Conscience Award; Metropolitan Magazine Editorial Award for the 100 best people, products and ideas that shape our lives; the Cine Golden Eagle award in video for the PBS program “Marketing” from Growing a Business; California Institute of Integral Studies Award “For Ongoing Humanitarian Contributions to the Bay Area Communities”; Esquire Magazine award for the best 100 People of a Generation (1984). In 2014 he was named one of the three Pioneers of Sustainability along with Professors Peter Senge and Michael Porter. Paul has received six honorary doctorates.

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Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Keynote Speaker
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s largest and oldest professional/science society in the atmospheric and related sciences. Dr. Shepherd serves as Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography where he is Associate Department Head. Dr. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning Sunday talk show Weather Geeks, a pioneering Sunday talk show on national television dedicated to science and a contributor to Forbes Magazine. In 2017, he was honored with the AMS Brooks Award, a high honor within the field of meteorology. Ted Turner and his Captain Planet Foundation honored Dr. Shepherd in 2014 with its Protector of the Earth Award. Prior recipients include Erin Brockovich and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. He is also the 2015 Recipient of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Media Achievement award, the Florida State University Grads Made Good Award and the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, Dr. Shepherd was invited to moderate the White House Champions for Change event. Prior to UGA, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a Research Meteorologist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and was Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a multi-national space mission that launched in 2014. President Bush honored him on May 4th 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research in weather and climate science.  Dr. Shepherd is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Two national magazines, the AMS, and Florida State University have also recognized Dr. Shepherd for his significant contributions. In 2016, Dr. Shepherd was the Spring Commencement speaker at his 3-time Alma Mater, Florida State University and was recently selected for the prestigious SEC Academic Leadership Fellows program.

Dr. Shepherd is frequently sought as an expert on weather, climate, and remote sensing. He routinely appears on CBS Face The Nation, NOVA, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, The Weather Channel and several others. His TedX Atlanta Talk on “Slaying Climate Zombies” is one of the most viewed climate lectures on YouTube. Dr. Shepherd is also frequently asked to advise key leaders at NASA, the White House, Congress, Department of Defense, and officials from foreign countries. In February 2013, Dr. Shepherd briefed the U.S. Senate on climate change and extreme weather. He has also written several editorials for CNN, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and numerous other outlets and has been featured in Time Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and NPR Science Friday. He has over 90 peer-reviewed scholarly publications. Dr. Shepherd has attracted $3 million dollars in extramural research support from NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and U.S. Forest Service. Dr. Shepherd was also instrumental in leading the effort for UGA to become the 78th member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a significant milestone for UGA and establishing UGA’s Major in Atmospheric Sciences.

Dr. Shepherd currently chairs the NASA Earth Sciences Advisory Committee and was a past member of its Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy (Georgia Chapter), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Hazard Preparedness Advisory Group United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Panels on climate and national security, extreme weather attribution, and urban meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a past editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass, respectively.

Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University.  He was the first African American to receive a PhD from the Florida State University Department of Meteorology, one of the nation’s oldest and respected. He is also the 2nd African American to preside over the American Meteorological Society. He is a member of the AMS, American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers (AAG), Sigma Xi Research Honorary, Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honorary, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary.  He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves on various National Boards associated with his alma mater.  Dr. Shepherd co-authored a children’s book on weather and weather instruments called Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch. He is also the co-founder of the Alcova Elementary Weather Science Chat series that exposes K-5 students to world-class scientists. Dr. Shepherd is originally from Canton, Georgia. He is married to Ayana Shepherd and has two kids, Anderson and Arissa.

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Judy Adler
President, Turner Foundation

As President of the Turner Foundation, Judy is responsible for implementing the foundation’s mission of protecting and restoring our natural systems – the air, land, and water on which all life depends. Before being appointed as President, Judy managed the energy and water programs at the foundation. Judy has over 20 years of environmental experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Turner Foundation, Judy worked for the State of Georgia’s Sustainability Division where she managed a team of engineers that helped businesses and institutions reduce their environmental footprint. She also worked as a project manager and project engineer with Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. (now AECOM) where she provided environmental services for industrial, municipal and federal clients.

Judy received a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University summa cum laude and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Judy is a licensed professional engineer, LEED Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager, and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership. Judy lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ted Hull, and daughter Iris. In Atlanta, you may find Judy leading a courageous group of Girl Scouts, cooking and trying out the latest new restaurants with friends, and exploring the great outdoors with her family.

Adam Betuel
Director of Conservation, Atlanta Audubon Society
Jan. 2010-present  Ph.D. Candidate. Ecology
Department of Biology, Indiana State University (ABD) 2003-2007
B.S. in Zoology, Ohio State University
Minor in International Studies (Globalization)


Graduate Student

Indiana State University, Terre Haute IN

January 2010-present

Completed 5 field seasons (3 times as supervising grad student)

Searched for nests, documented behavioral observations and read bands, measured nestlings, mist netted birds, banded adult birds and nestlings, collected blood samples, collected GPS points PC-GPS software

Managed molecular ecology lab

Extracted DNA, sequenced parentage markers, updated multiple large databases and spreadsheets with 20+ years of data

Lead Wildlife Research Technician

Florida Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, Gainesville FL

September 2007- August 2009

Lead Technician on two research projects, supervised and conducted wetland wildlife surveys, coauthored biannual progress reports and technical summary

Field Researcher

Fauna Paraguay & Guyra Paraguay,

Encarnacion & Teniente Enciso National Park, Paraguay

Summer 2006

Operated mist nets and extracted birds, weighed and measured wild birds, took detailed field notes, surveying and checklist compilation, co-authored scientific papers and also assisted in field guide creation

Wildlife Intern

Purple Martin Roost Project, Manteo, NC

Summer 2005

Observed motorists and purple martin roosting behavior, obtained mortality counts and assisted injured birds, organized local fundraisers for purple martins

Work Study Clerk

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

September 2003 – 2005

Cataloged bird specimen collection for biodiversity museum, data entry and word processing, lab and field trip preparation


American Ornithologists Student Membership Award Recipient (2011)

Cooper Ornithological Society Student Membership Award (2011 – 2 year term)

Indiana State University College of Graduate and Professional Studies Ethos Award Recipient (2014)

Georgia Native Plant Society Early Career Scholarship Awardee (2016)


Ind State Univ. College of Graduate & Professional Studies Research Grant – 2011 ($600)

$200 additional support from Biology Department = $800

Ind State Univ. College of Graduate & Professional Studies Research Grant – 2012 ($600)

Ind State Univ. College of Graduate & Professional Studies Research Grant – 2013 ($600)


Tuttle, E.M., A.S. Grunst, M.L. Grunst, M.L. Korody, A.M. Betuel, M. Barcelo-Serra, G. Bierly, and R.A. Gonser. 2017. Climatically driven changes in population composition and offspring sex-morph ratio in a polymorphic species. Ecosphere. 8(4): e01762.

Tuttle, E.M., A.O. Bergland, M.L. Korody, M.S. Brewer, D.J. Newhouse, P. Minx, M. Stager, A.M. Betuel, Z. Cheviron, W.C. Warren, , R.A. Gonser, and C.N. Balakrishnan. 2016. Divergence and functional degradation of a sex chromosome-like supergene. Current Biology. 26:344-350.

Betuel, A.M., E.M. Tuttle, and R.A. Gonser. 2015. Genetic verification of dizygotic twin embryos in the white-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 127:498-502.

Betuel, A.M, E.M. Tuttle, and R.A. Gonser. 2013. Sharp-shinned Hawk predation on a ground—nesting bird, the White-throated Sparrow. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 126:161-165.

Smith, P., M. Pearman, and A. Betuel. 2013. An unusual record of Quebracho Crested-tinamou Eudromia formosa from the dry Chaco of Paraguay, with comments on distribution and behaviour of the species. Bull. Br. Ornithol. Club 133:15-23.

Esposito, A. and A. Betuel. 2006. Purple Martin Roost Mortality Monitoring at William B. Umstead Bridge, Manns Harbor, NC. Purple Martin Update 15:23-25


2015 – Reviewed manuscript for The Auk: Ornithological Advances (AOU)


Shoger, Brad, Adam Betuel, and Wiley M. Kitchens.  2009.  Wildlife use of created spoil islands in Lake Tohopekaliga, FL.  Poster.  Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting.  Gainesville, FL: May 7, 2009.

Betuel, Adam, Jon Felix, Wiley M. Kitchens, Mike S. Allen, and H. Franklin Percival. 2008. Experimental evaluation of a habitat enhancement project for fish and wildlife at Gant Lake, FL. Poster.  Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting.  Gainesville, FL: April 22, 2008.


Competition and favoritism in the nest of the White-throated Sparrow. Spring 2011 Student Research Symposium at Indiana State. Poster session.

Nestling behavior and parental care variation in the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). Spring 2012 Student Research Symposium at Indiana State. Poster session.

The consequences of male reproductive behavior on female actions and their effects on incubation and fledging in the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). Spring 2013 Student Research Exposium at Indiana State. Poster session.

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Brian Bledsoe
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UGA
Brian Bledsoe is a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia with over 25 years of experience as a civil and environmental engineer, hydrologist, and environmental scientist in the private and public sectors. He holds degrees from Georgia Tech, North Carolina State University, and Colorado State University.  Before entering the professorate, he worked as a consulting engineer and surveyor, and for the State of North Carolina as a watershed restoration specialist and nonpoint source program coordinator.  Brian’s research is focused on the interface of engineering, hydrology, and ecology with an emphasis on water quality, stormwater, flood hazards, infrastructure, and restoration of river and wetland ecosystems.  He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 2008.  Brian’s advisory activities include the Everglades and Louisiana Coastal Area restoration efforts, the Platte River and San Juan River Recovery Implementation Programs, the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, Engineers Without Borders, and collaborative water planning and management with numerous municipal, industrial, and agricultural partners.


Dr. Christian Braneon
Chief Engineer, Hummingbird Firm
CHRISTIAN V. BRANEON is the Chief Engineer at Hummingbird where he provides technical expertise with a specialty in water and green infrastructure. He uses his broad background to assist with plain language translation of technical documents and for the development of strategic communications in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

He was on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (CSLS). As Assistant Director of CSLS, Christian developed and oversaw the process of incorporating service learning and community engagement into courses and co-curricular programs across campus, and established systems for partnering with nonprofit, industry, and government organizations in ways that are mutually beneficial for partners and the Georgia Tech community.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he worked in USEPA Region 4’s Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability. During his tenure at USEPA, Christian served as Co-Director of USEPA’s inaugural Environmental Justice Academy for community leaders and also led regional community engagement efforts associated with the Clean Power Plan in four states. Prior to joining USEPA, he worked as an engineering consultant specializing in water resources engineering, climate change assessments, and sustainability.

Christian earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Christian also earned a BS in Applied Physics from Morehouse College.

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Marilyn Brown
Professor, Georgia Tech

Marilyn A. Brown is the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Lab and a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Her current research focuses on the the design of public policy to promote clean energy systems, the integration of distributed resources into the electric grid, and the creation of jobs in the advanced energy economy. Previously she held leadership positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she conducted several national climate change mitigation studies and became a leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. She has authored more than 250 publications and five books including Green Savings: How Markets and Policies Drive Energy Efficiency (Praeger Press, 2015) and Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the report on Mitigation of Climate Change, she has served on eight committees of the National Academies of Sciences (currently on Geographical Sciences), and she is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

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Patrick Browne
Director of Global Sustainability, UPS
Patrick Browne serves as Director of Global Sustainability for UPS, a worldwide leader in supply chain and logistics solutions.  Working with cross-functional teams and executive leadership, Patrick leads strategies and initiatives to advance the company’s long-term sustainability vision.

Patrick has managed UPS’s sustainability programs since 2008, including overseeing the company’s global GHG inventory and reporting, and has held various assignments in Plant Engineering and Environmental Affairs during his 28-year tenure with UPS.

Patrick is an active participant in organizations focused on advancing sustainable business practices around the world, including BSR’s Future of Fuels working group and Global Reporting Initiative’s GOLD Community.

He resides in Atlanta with his wife.


Alice Champagne
Deputy Director Environmental/Public Works Dept, City of Roswell
Alice Champagne is the Deputy Director of the Environmental/Public Works Department for the City of Roswell. Prior to her tenure as Deputy, she managed the Water Resources Division where she has over 20 years’ experience in watershed management, stormwater management, water distribution and floodplain management. Her passion for clean water and sustainable solutions led her to assist in creating the City’s Green Infrastructure (GI) and Livability Team. She also assisted the City to obtain a grant to demonstrate green infrastructure and develop a policy that allows funding for future water quality (GI) treatment options.

She holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).  In 2000, she was elected as a Cobb County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor for Georgia and served for 16 years.  She was appointed by Governor Perdue in 2004 to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Board which provides oversight for Georgia’s mandatory education and certification for erosion and sediment control.

In 2013, Alice was named by the American Public Works Association (APWA) as the Professional Manager of the Year in Water Resources and in 2005 was selected to be a River Hero by River Network, a national river protection group.

She is a member of the American Public Works Association, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, Georgia Rural Water Association, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the International Erosion Control Association.


Felicia Davis
Sustainability Coordinator, Clark Atlanta University

Felicia M. Davis, serves as Sustainability Coordinator for Clark Atlanta University and member of the CAU Sustainability Council. She supports the CAU team approach to sustainability with a focus on campus-wide engagement.  A staunch advocate for measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency retrofits, green building and an array of sustainable practices. She also directs the HBCU Building Green Initiative and considers establishing the HBCU Green Fund among her highest priorities.  Davis is a member of the leadership team for the NSF funded Science Education Resource Center InTeGrate Geoscience program advancing interdisciplinary teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future and on the board of Green 2.0, an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity in environmental leadership. She began her environmental careers as the Georgia Airkeeper director and is excited to now server on the board of the Chattahoochee Rriverkeeper. An author of the critically acclaimed Air of Injustice Report, she also produced the MSI Green Report, Sustainable Campuses-Building Green at Minority Serving Institutions, and the 2014 HBCU Green Report.

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Mary Ann Dickinson 
President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

Mary Ann Dickinson is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada.  Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance works with nearly 400 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers.  In 2014 the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category for its work.

Prior to joining the Alliance in July of 2007, Mary Ann was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a non-profit organization composed of urban water supply agencies, environmental groups, and other entities managing statewide water conservation in California and implementing the nation’s first set of Best Management Practices.

Mary Ann has over 40 years of experience, having worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.   A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, Mary Ann has authored numerous publications on water conservation, land use planning, and natural resources management, and has co-produced two films which have aired on public television and community cable stations.  Mary Ann is currently Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, past Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Conservation Division, past President of the California Irrigation Institute, past President of the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District, and currently serves as a Board member of the Green Building Initiative, Texas Water Foundation, and River Network. Mary Ann has presented numerous papers on water conservation internationally and all across the United States and Canada.

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Steve Farace
Minister of Propaganda, SweetWater Brewing Company

Steve Farace joined founder Freddy Bensch and the original SweetWater Brewing Co. crew 15 years ago; now VP Brand & Culture, he oversees all brand initiatives and creative endeavors.  Since those early days, the brewery has experienced tremendous growth – when Steve came on board, the beers were only served in Atlanta, and today they are flowing in 20 states, and SweetWater is the official craft beer served on all Delta domestic flights.   SweetWater is the nation’s 15th largest craft brewery and number one in the South.   Steve is a Florida State University Seminole with a marketing and international business degree, and spends free time on Lake Allatoona near his home in Georgia.

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Lisa Fernandez
Associate Director, Yale Program-Climate Change Communication

Lisa oversees operations and communications strategy at the Yale Programon Climate Change Communication. In particular she manages outreach concerning the YPCCC’s signature research project: the Climate Change in the American Mind biannual survey measuring American public opinion on global warming. She leads project management in YPCCC’s international networking efforts, building a global network of climate communication scholars and practitioners. Previously, she worked in urban environmental conservation and sustainable development in the US and Latin America. A wilderness and urban trails enthusiast and advocate, Lisa serves on the boards of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association and recently completed a 10-year political appointment on the Connecticut Greenways Council.

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William Flippin, Jr.
Pastor, Social Activist, Feminist and Ecumenist, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr., was born in Nashville, Tennessee. His formative years and training was developed and nurtured in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a 1998 graduate of Morehouse College where he majored in History and minored in Religion. In 1999, Rev. Flippin, Jr. was selected to travel to Cote d’ Ivoire, West Africa as a Mickey Leland Intern for World Hunger and Peace. He is a 2002 graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion receiving the Masters of Divinity where he concentrated in Church History/Reformation Studies. He furthered his education at Emory University, Candler School of Theology receiving the Masters of Theology (ThM) in 2003 an additional ThM (2005) from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Currently, he is completing his Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) in Transformational Leadership from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland Ohio. His dissertation project will develop a new ecclesiological model for Lutherans and Baptists based on John chapter 3 and spirit baptism.He is the first African American pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, a multicultural congregation in southwest Atlanta. He continues to serve his community as the Third Vice President for the Georgia NAACP specializing in grassroots/political advocacy, immigration, social and gender advocacy. Recently he was given the Prophetic Voice Award for Faith in Public Life, Washington D.C. and is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and Laity at Morehouse College; Co-Chair for Advocacy and Public Voice for the Lutheran World Federation, a communion of seventy-four million Lutherans globally and is the proud husband to Kedra Phillips-Flippin for fourteen years.

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Denise Funk
Division Director of Research & Development, Gwinnett Co. Dept. of Water Resources
Denise Funk is Division Director of Research and Development for the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (GCDWR) which provides water, water reclamation, and stormwater services to nearly 900,000 people.  Ms. Funk has a 20-year background in environmental engineering planning, process design and management, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her current focus is on research in drinking water treatment, water reclamation, potable reuse, and lake water quality.  Ms. Funk joined GCDWR to lead a team of engineering specialists who develop capital projects for each discipline of the Department, optimize existing processes, investigate new technologies, and perform research on a wide variety of innovative water treatment and water reclamation techniques.  She is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia, and Vice President of the International Ozone Association – Pan American Group.


Erik Fyfe
Watershed Protection Specialist, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Erik Fyfe promotes green stormwater infrastructure in the Chattahoochee River watershed, manages Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (CRK) Rain Harvesting program, and implements technology and mapping solutions for CRK’s advocacy and water monitoring programs. Before joining CRK, Erik’s work focused on Atlanta’s Proctor Creek watershed, where he worked with community members, government agencies, and other organizations on efforts to improve the environment and quality of life around Proctor Creek. Erik holds a B.S. from Emory University and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University.

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Edward Gardiner
Engagement Manager, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, NOAA Contractor
  1. Professional Preparation
University of Georgia Ph.D. Ecology 2002
University of Georgia M.A. Geography 1995
Yale University B.A. Anthropology and Environmental Studies 1991
  1. Appointments.

2016-present               Manager of User Engagement, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.

2010-present               Executive Director/Producer of Video, Content Strategist, and Climate Resilience Toolkit ( Contractor to NOAA Climate Program Office (Silver Spring) under three contracts (Collabralink Technologies; 2020– an Acentia Company; 2020 LLC).

2008-2013                   Climate Visualization Project Manager, 2020 LLC, Contractor to NOAA Climate Program Office, Silver Spring.

2004- present              Adjunct faculty and instructor, Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science, Department of Geography. University of Georgia, Athens.

2004- 2008                  Adjunct faculty, Institute of Ecology. University of Georgia, Athens.

2002- 2008                  Senior Geographic and Ecosystems Specialist, Science Bulletins. American Museum of Natural History, New York.

2001-2002                  Remote Sensing and GIS Program Manager, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. American Museum of Natural History, New York.

1996-2001                   Geographic Information Systems Manager, Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research site. University of Georgia, Athens.

iii.  Selected Publications and Presentations

Woods-Placky, Bernadette, Edward Maibach, Howard Joe Witte, Bud Ward, Keith Seitter, Ned Gardiner, David Herring, and Heidi Cullen. In press. “Climate Matters: A comprehensive educational resource program for broadcast meteorologists.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Wrote/produced/supervised editing of over 60 climate videos since 2010. Produced and oversaw dozens of data visualizations.

Scientific advising and data visualization for 16 Worldviews Network ( programs at institutions across the United States between 2011 and 2013. Co-authored papers given at AGU, ASTC, and UUG meetings. Featured presenter at Aspen Ideas Festival, 2013.

Gardiner, E.P., Sutherland, A.B., Bixby, R.J., Scott, M.C., Meyer, J.L., Helfman, G.S., Benfield, E.F., Pringle, C.M., Bolstad, P.V., & Wear, D.N. (2008). Linking stream and landscape trajectories in the southern Appalachians. Environmental Management and Assessment.

Goetz, S., Gardiner, N., and J. Viers, guest editors. 2008.  Remote Sensing of Environment Special Issue: Freshwater Remote Sensing.

Gardiner, N. and Science Bulletins. 2007. Visual and experiential learning opportunities through geospatial data. AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, Dec. 10-14.

Gardiner, N. 2007. Trends in selected biomes, habitats and ecosystems: inland waters. Chapter 6, pages 83-102 in Strand, H., Höft, R., Strittholt, J., Miles, L., Horning, N., Fosnight, E., editors. Sourcebook on remote sensing and biodiversity indicators. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Technical Series no. 32, 201 pages.

Gardiner, N. and A. Ducao. 2007. Seeing the facts: envisioning global change. Pro Sessions Lecture Series at Apple Stores and campuses in New York, Cupertino, San Francisco, Chicago, and London.

Gardiner, N., J. Janowiak, R. Kinzler, and V. Trakinski. 2006. Conveying global circulation patterns in HDTV. AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, Dec. 11-15.

Gardiner, N.  2006.  High Definition Geovisualization: Earth and Biodiversity Sciences for Informal Audiences.  Pages 421-445 in E. Stefanakis, M.P. Peterson, C. Armenakis, and V. Delis, Eds.  Geographic Hypermedia: Concepts and Systems.  Berlin: Springer, 467 pages.

Ned Gardiner: High Definition Geovisualization: Earth and Biodiversity Sciences for Informal Audiences. 12/2005. pages 421-446 in Geographic Hypermedia. Stefanakis, E., M.P. Peterson, C. Armenakis, and V. Delis, editors.

D M Sanzone, J L Meyer, E Marti, E P Gardiner, J L Tank, N B Grimm: Carbon and nitrogen transfer from a desert stream to riparian predators.. Oecologia 02/2003; 134(2):238-50.

Turner, W., S. Spector, N. Gardiner, M. Fladeland, E. Sterling, and M. Steininger.  2003.  Remote sensing for biodiversity science and conservation.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18: 306-314.

Sutherland, A.B., J.L. Meyer, and E.P. Gardiner.  2002.  Effects of land cover on sediment regime and fish assemblage structure in four southern Appalachian streams. Freshwater Biology 47: 1791-1805.

Sanzone, D.M., J.L. Meyer, E. Marti, E.P. Gardiner, J.L. Tank, and N.B. Grimm.  2002.  Carbon and nitrogen transfer from a desert stream to riparian predators. Oecologia 134: 238-250.

  1. Synergistic Activities.

Producer for web site, collaborating with NOAA climate research community. Co-founder of Worldviews Network with Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), California Academy of Sciences (CAS), WGBH-Boston, and the Elumenati. Coordinated research among United States Geological Survey, Connecticut Water Science Center and American Museum of Natural History to model hydrology of lower Congo River. Joined ASTER Science Team to target acquisitions of stream research sites in North Carolina associated with ecological forecasting study sponsored by the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Global change visualization liaison for American Museum of Natural History issues in eight themes: global ozone, sea ice concentration, sea surface temperature and ENSO, tropospheric carbon monoxide, land cover mapping, ocean primary productivity, urban sprawl, and fire (global and regional effects of wildland fires and biomass burning). Each visualization is updated annually and offered to 27 informal education institutions with total annual visitorship exceeding 10 million ( Two urban sprawl visualizations focus on the two urban LTER sites: Baltimore and Phoenix. Most recent land cover mapping visualization shows effects of logging roads on Congo basin wilderness in the trinational border region of Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Democractic Republic of Congo.

  1. Collaborators & Other Affiliations
  2. Collaborators
    David Herring, Frank Niepold, Juli Trtanj, Wayne Higgins, Mike Halpert, Kurt Mann (NOAA). Worldviews Network ( Aspen Ideas Festival.
  3. Graduate Advisor
    J.L. Meyer (UGA, USA)


Jason Gregory
RLA, LEED AP, Sr. Educational Facilities Planner, GA Tech

Jason Gregory is a Registered Landscape Architect and Sr. Educational Facilities Planner at Georgia Institute of Technology.  With 20 years of experience, 5 at Georgia Tech, his responsibilities include a wide variety of projects across campus.  Some examples of these projects include the Campus Arboretum, Eco-commons, Stormwater master plan and feasibility study for blackwater treatment.  In addition to these projects, he is responsible for reviewing design submissions with a focus on site and landscape design to ensure the solutions are consistent with the campus masterplan and landscape masterplan vision.


Archbishop Wilton Gregory
Roman Catholic Archbishop, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
Ordained to priesthood in 1973 and the episcopacy in 1983, The Most Reverend Wilton Gregory, a native of Chicago, served in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Belleville before being installed as Archbishop of Atlanta in 2005.   He was President of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2001-04 and recently chaired its nationwide Task Force to Promote Peace in our Communities.

Archbishop Gregory has written extensively on church issues, including pastoral statements on respect life matters such as the death penalty, abortion and euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide.     With his earned doctorate in sacred liturgy, he has published numerous articles on the subjects of liturgy and worship.

In response to Pope Francis’ Letter on the Environment called “On Care for Our Common Home,” Archbishop Gregory asked the expert scientists at The University of Georgia to create a local Action Plan with simple to complex ideas we can all implement to responsibly care for our shared planet with renewed commitment and love.

Archbishop Gregory continues his pastoral leadership and involvement by presenting and participating in numerous local and national ecumenical and interreligious efforts in a commitment to prayer and dialogue for collaboration and understanding to improve our world.

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Todd Hamill
Service Coordination Hydrologist, NWS – Southeast River Forecast Center
Todd Hamill is the Service Coordination Hydrologist for the Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) in Peachtree City, Georgia.   Todd has spent the past 23 years at the SERFC in various capacities.  Precipitation quality control, hydrologic model development, and forecasting rivers are just a few of the functions served.  This background of work has translated into his current position educating and informing the public to save property and lives due to flooding in the southeast.

Todd received his BS Degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

In his free time, he enjoys sports, both participating and as a spectator.  He participates in a few triathlons and running events each year to support his eating habit.  He also loves music and enjoys going to concerts and shows with his wife.

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Jenny Hoffner
Vice President for Conservation Strategies, American Rivers
Jenny Hoffner serves as Vice President for Conservation Strategies leading American Rivers’ conservation practice work to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature.  She oversees program areas including dam removal and floodplain restoration, sustainable urban water management, riverside land protection, and science & economics. She has worked with American Rivers for nine years and in that time has served as the co-lead of American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program and helped launch American Rivers’ water efficiency and sustainable water supplies work.

Jenny is based in Atlanta and works to advance water justice through integrated water management at the local, state and national levels. In Atlanta, she works in collaboration with neighborhood and watershed-based coalitions and government agencies (including the Atlanta Airport) to advance equitable stormwater solutions to address urban flooding, water scarcity, quality of life and public health.  She is also part of an emerging Atlanta-based collaboration created to examine and address the negative impacts of gentrification that result from infrastructure improvements.

Jenny co-authored American Rivers’ report Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast in 2012 and wrote the report Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast in 2008. Largely based on the report, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 office adopted Guidelines on Water Efficiency Measures for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast (Guidelines) in June 2010 to require a more robust review of proposed water supply reservoir project alternatives such as water efficiency. These Guidelines have resulted in several dam proposals being withdrawn or permits denied, and moreover the Guidelines have resulted in many rivers remaining free flowing and many communities focusing more on water efficiency and lower cost water supply alternatives. In December 2016, EPA Headquarters officially adopted Best Practices for Water Conservation and Efficiency as an Alternative for Water Supply which updates the Guidelines with water system management and efficiency best practices, metrics and benchmarks to be used in the evaluation of water supply projects across the country. She currently serves on the American Water Works Association’s Water Loss Committee and the US Water Alliance One Water Council.

Prior to joining American Rivers in 2007, Jenny organized an award-winning, multi-stakeholder effort to transform the Bronx River from dumping ground to healthy urban waterway and served as Director of Partnerships for Parks, a network of over 55,000 people and 4,000 park stewardship groups working with 28,000 acres of New York City parks.  She has served on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Study Municipal & Industrial Water Conservation and Reuse Work Group, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s Ocmulgee Basin Advisory Committee, the State of Georgia’s Water Loss Technical Advisory Committee and Georgia’s Water Conservation Technical Small Group. Jenny has a B.A. from Emory University and a M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia.
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Ciannat Howett
Director of Sustainability, Emory University/Emory Healthcare
Ciannat became Emory’s first Director of Sustainability Initiatives in September 2006, managing an enterprise-wide effort to ensure that Emory’s actions and policies support environmental, social, and economic systems that provide a healthy, productive, and meaningful life for current and future generations.  She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Emory College’s Environmental Sciences Department.   Ciannat attended Emory University as an undergraduate, receiving her B.A. in 1987.  She then worked at Emory until 1989 as Associate Director of Alumni Giving and the first Director of the Emory Parents Fund.  She received her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1992.  She practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton in its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. as Senior Attorney with the Water Enforcement Division before serving as Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Georgia and Alabama office until 2006.  She is a Trustee for the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of Emory Law School’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic and Grants to Green.  She also serves on the President’s Council of the Southern Environmental Law Center.  She received the 2002 U.S. EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the 2004 Environmental Hero Award from The Wilderness Society, the 2010 Pillar of Sustainability Award from EARTH University, the 2013 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Rollins School of Public Health, and a 2014 Award of Distinction from Emory. She is a frequent regional and national speaker on sustainability issues, and, for four years, was named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine.


Danny Johnson
Manager, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Danny Johnson is a water resources engineer currently working for the Atlanta Regional Commission and serving as the manager of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. The Metro Water District coordinates the water resource management planning for the 15 county metro Atlanta region. Mr. Johnson previously served as an engineering consultant on small and large scale water, wastewater and reuse infrastructure design projects for public utilities in the southeast.  Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University Of Georgia College of Engineering and an Atlanta resident.

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Mandy Joye
Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia
Samantha Joye is a microbiologist, an educator, a deep ocean explorer, and a vocal ocean and environmental advocate. Joye currently holds the Athletic Association Professorship in Arts and Sciences and is a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences. She is an expert in microbial geochemistry, focusing on hydrocarbon and trace gas dynamics, and works in both blue water and nearshore ocean ecosystems. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, bridging the fields of analytical chemistry, microbiology, and geology.

Her research is widely published in leading scientific journals and books, and she is regularly called upon by national and international scientific and policy agencies for expert commentary. Her research has been supported by substantial, multi-year research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the Department of Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.

After her first submersible dive to the Gulf of Mexico seabed in 1994, Joye was hooked on deep ocean exploration; she has been studying the microbiology of natural seepage of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico since then. Her research related to the 2010 DWH oil spill examined the distribution of deepwater plumes of oil and gas, and her group continues to measure the activities of the microorganisms that break down oil and gas and assess the impacts of the spill on blue water benthic and pelagic ecosystems. She is currently the Director of a multi-million dollar research program, “Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf”, studying impacts of the 2010 BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2008, she was awarded the University of Georgia’s Creative Research Medal for her work assessing the impacts of climate change on oceanic carbon cycling in nearshore ocean ecosystems. In 2014, she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in 2015 she was named the University of Georgia’s recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award, highlighting her contributions to research and education at UGA, in 2016 she was named a sustaining Fellow for the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and in 2017, she was named a Fellow for the American Geophysical Union.

Joye earned her Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1993 and joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1997, having served briefly as an assistant professor of oceanography at Texas A&M between 1995 and 1997.


Bruce Karas
VP Environment & Safety, Coca-Cola North America

Mr.. Karas is the VP of Environment & Sustainability for Coca-Cola North America.   He has over 25 years of experience as an EHS professional and has practiced in a wide range of Industrial operations in the US, Canada.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice, a Certified Safety Professional and is a Registered Occupational Hygienist in Canada.  He has served in various positions in national and local professional organizations and has presented various papers on topics ranging from ergonomics, health effects of flavorings, water stewardship and sustainability.


  • Coca-Cola North America, VP Environment and Sustainability 2013 – present
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments, VP, Environment & Sustainability – 2011 – 2013
  • Coca-Cola North America, Director of Sustainability, Environmental & Safety, 1999 – 2011
  • Owens Corning, Occupational Health & Safety Leader, 1988 – 1999
  • General Dynamics, Health & Safety Representative – Land Systems Division, 1986 – 1988


  • Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • Certified Safety Professional, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Registered Occupational Hygienist, Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists


  • Master of Science, Occupational and Environmental Health, Wayne State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology, Michigan State University


  • Keep America Beautiful Board – 2016 – present
  • Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Board – 2014 – present
  • Graduate of the Institute for Georgia Enviornmental Leadership 2013
  • Piedmont Park Conservancy Board – 2012 – 2016
  • RILA Sustainability Initiative – 2010-2016
  • Director, National Association of Environmental Management, Board – 2010 – 2014
  • IBWA Environmental Sustainability Committee, 2007 – 2009
  • Director, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, 2001 – 2006

Advisory Board, Georgia Department of Labor EHS Conference, 2005 – 2006

Tim Keane
Commissioner, City of Atlanta – Dept. of City Planning
Tim Keane was appointed Commissioner for the Department of City Planning for the City of Atlanta by Mayor Kasim Reed in July 2015.   Tim provides oversight, policy direction and leadership for Atlanta’s Offices of Buildings, Design, Housing and Community Development, Mobility Planning, Zoning and Development Services.   Tim is charged with upholding the department’s mission to enable high quality, sustainable, equitable growth and development of Atlanta.

Previously, Tim spent a total of 11 years working for Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. as Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston.   This included preservation, sustainability, urban design, planning, tourism management and code enforcement.  Tim was also the first planning director for the Town of Davidson, North Carolina.

Since being in Atlanta, Tim has reorganized the Department of City Planning.  In Tim’s first 18 months they have rebuilt their permitting operation, produced the Atlanta City Design and started a unique pop up urban design center that occupies a different location in the city every 9 months.  2017 will be focused on innovation in housing, revitalization, preservation and transportation.

Tim has served as guest lecturer at some of Atlanta’s notable institutions such as Georgia Tech, Georgia State, SCAD and Morehouse College. Tim has an undergraduate degree in Planning and Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He was also a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture.


Allie Kelly
Executive Director, The Ray

A Georgia native, Allie Kelly earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. She has worked in public policy for over 15 years, first as a lobbyist for UPS in Washington, D.C., then returning to Atlanta and founding Georgia Watch in 2002, which is the state’s only consumer watchdog
organization. In 2009, she left Georgia Watch to join former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard at the Georgia Conservancy as its senior vice president.

Working with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, in 2015 Allie helped found and now directs an affiliated foundation called The Ray, which is the world’s first regenerative highway project. The Ray is a global proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will shape the transportation infrastructure of the future, paving the way to zero-impact roadways for all. Visit to join the movement.

@allienkelly, @TheRayHighway, @RaysLegacy #RideTheRay #DriveTheFuture

Harriet Langford
President, The Ray

Harriet Langford is President of The Ray, and Trustee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.  The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of her father, the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, and a global leader in sustainability.

Prior to assuming her current roles with The Ray and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Harriet owned a specialty printing business in LaGrange, Georgia.

Harriet’s entrepreneurial leadership skills, her servant spirit and her passion for team sports led her to a natural transition into nonprofit leadership in 2011, when she assumed her role with the Foundation.

In 2015 she was appointed to the boards of the Biophilic Institute and the Troup County Strategic Planning Committee and she is a past board member for The Georgia Conservancy and Sustainable Atlanta.

Over the past 30+ years, Harriet has served in numerous nonprofit leadership roles in her local community. She was president of the Junior Service League, and a board member for the Junior Women’s Club and the Laurel Garden Club. She also served 10 years on Explorer’s Bible Study Leadership Committee in LaGrange, Georgia, where she is an active member of LaGrange First Baptist Church.

Harriet is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, and she resides in LaGrange, Georgia with her husband Phil Langford, who is the retired owner of Langford Construction Company and also a board member for The Ray and a trustee for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Harriet and Phil have two daughters, Melissa Langford Heflin and McCall Langford. They also have three grandchildren, Bailey, Brooks and Banks.

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John A. Lanier
Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation
John A. Lanier is the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011). Lanier joined the Foundation in May 2013 to assume his current role at the helm of the Foundation that bears his grandfather’s name. Ray was a globally recognized industrialist and pioneer for environmentalism, and Lanier continues his legacy today through Foundation programs that seek to create a brighter, more sustainable world. He has an authentic passion for the Earth.

From 2011 to 2013, Lanier worked in Atlanta as an Associate Attorney in Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s Tax Practice Group, specializing in U.S. Federal taxation. He represented the interests of various Atlanta-based nonprofits, gaining experience in nonprofit formations, compliance, and applications for recognition of tax-exempt status. During that time, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation was one of his clients.

Lanier currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southface, Project Drawdown, and Chattahoochee NOW. He is a graduate of the 2014 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL). He earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law and he holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Economics from the University of Virginia. He is an Atlanta native, and he lives in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife, Chantel, and young son, J.R.

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Greg Levine
Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta
Greg has worked at Trees Atlanta since 1995 and is currently the Co- Executive Director and Chief Program Officer. Greg has helped to create and develop many programs including:  NeighborWoods, Forest Restoration, Neighborhood Arboreta, the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and many educational programs. Greg received a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. He is named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Sustainability.


Dr. George Luber
Chief, Climate and Health Program, CDC
Dr. George Luber is an epidemiologist and the Chief of the Climate and Health Program in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since receiving his PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and joining CDC in 2002, Dr. Luber has served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and staff epidemiologist at the National Center for Environmental Health.   His research interests in Environmental Health are broad and include the health impacts of environmental change and biodiversity loss, harmful algal blooms, and the health effects of climate change.  Most recently, his work has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of heat-related illness and death, the application of remote sensing techniques to modeling vulnerability to heat stress in urban environments, and Climate Change adaptation planning.

In addition to managing the Climate Change Program at CDC, Dr. Luber is a Co-Chair of the Climate Change and Human Health Interagency Workgroup at the US Global Change Research Program, a Convening Lead Author for the US National Climate Assessment, a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Fifth Assessment Report.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Environmental Health, Anthropology, and Environmental Science at Emory University.


Linda MacGregor
Director, Department of Water Resources, City of Gainesville
Linda MacGregor comes to Gainesville from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority where she served as Water Resources Division Director and Senior Program Manager. She also worked for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division as the Watershed Protection Branch Chief. Prior to her time in State Government, she spent over 20 years in consulting engineering working closely with local water utilities around North Georgia.

Ms. MacGregor graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Environmental and Water Resources.


Mark Mandica
Executive Director, The Amphibian Foundation
Mark Mandica is the Executive Director of The Amphibian Foundation, Inc a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of amphibians. Previously, Mark managed the Amphibian Conservation Program at the Atlanta Botanical Garden where he worked for seven years. He received his B.S. from UMass where his thesis focused on the ephemeral wetland ecology of amphibians. He then went on to the American Museum of Natural History in NY where he worked as a Scientific Assistant before moving to South Florida for graduate school at UMiami. Mark’s M.S. was on the amphibian community ecology in the Everglades as well as photoreception in South Florida bufonids. Mark is also a professional scientific illustrator and is published in textbooks as well as the journals Science, Nature, Journal of Experimental Biology, Zoology, American Zoologist and many others.

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Chris Manganiello
Water Policy Director, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Water Policy Director, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2016 – present.
Duties: public and government affairs; policy analysis; campaign management; communications; fundraising.

Policy Director, Georgia River Network, Athens, Georgia, January 2012 – September 2016.
Duties: public and government affairs; policy analysis; campaign management; communications; fundraising; large event planning and management; volunteer & part-time (2009-2011).

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Ph.D. with Honors in United States and Environmental History Dissertation: “Dam Crazy with Wild Consequences: Artificial Lakes and Natural Rivers in the American South, 1845-1990,” winner of the 2010 Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation in Environmental History and a C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize finalist.

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
M.A. with Honors in American History

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
B.A. with Honors in History and a minor in Political Science


Southern Water, Southern Power: How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Reviewed in Agricultural History, H-Environment Roundtable, North Carolina Historical Review, On the Brink, and Southern Spaces.
Environmental History and the American South: A Reader, Edited by Paul S. Sutter and Christopher J. Manganiello (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009).
“The Gold Standard: Sunbelt Environmentalism and Coastal Protection,” commissioned to contribute original research to conference (February 2016) and chapter to an edited collection: Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming).


Instructor, School of Liberal Arts, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia, August-December 2011.

Instructor, Department of History, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, August 2010-May 2011.


Former Editor, “Georgia Water Wire” blog, a source for analysis and interpretation of water related policy and news.

Media source and quoted in coverage by Associated Press, Athens Banner Herald, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Augusta Chronicle, Circle of Blue, Flagpole Magazine, Florida Environments, Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio, Macon Telegraph, Morris News Service, Rome News-Tribune, Savannah Morning News.

“The Flint River: A Sun Belt River and the Burden of History,” Flint River Special Edition, Georgia Wildlife Foundation Magazine, November 2013.

Provided input for John Rogers, et al, Water-smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World (Cambridge, Mass.: Union of Concerned Scientists, July 2013).

Provided input for Wendy Wilson, et al, Burning Our Rivers: The Water Footprint of Electricity (Portland, Oregon: River Network, April 2012).

Feature essay, “Georgia’s Urban Drought History. Who Knew?” Flagpole Magazine, May 6, 2009.


Contributor to H-Environment Roundtable Review of Southern Water, Southern Power: How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region, May 2016.

Review of Craig E. Colten, Southern Waters: The Limits to Abundance for Agricultural History 89, 4 (Fall 2015).

Review of Kathryn Newfont, Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina, for Environmental History 18, 1 (January 2013).

Review of Steven Noll and David Tegeder, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future, H-Net Reviews (April 2010).

Review of Robert Glennon, Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It, H-Net Reviews (December 2009).

Review of Cynthia Barnett’s Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., H-Net Reviews (December 2008).


Rachel Carson Prize, American Society for Environmental History, Best Dissertation in Environmental History (in 2010), awarded April, 2011.

Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award, University of Georgia, 2011. One of five awarded University-wide.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Georgia Graduate School, 2009- 2010. One of twenty awarded University-wide.

Smithsonian Institution Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History, 2008-2009. Advisors: Jeffrey K. Stine and Pete Daniel.


Invited to comment on panel, “Diving into Histories of Water, Environment, and Technology of the American South,” at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting (St. Pete Beach, Florida), November 2016.

Panel co-organizer, and paper presented: “Sunbelt Transitions: The Power of Drought, 1954,” Southern Historical Association, November 15, 2014. Commentator: Pete Daniel, National Museum of American History.


Invited Talk, “Energy and Water Scarcity in the New South,” for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, Albany, Georgia, July 12, 2016.

Invited Talk, “Before TVA: Energy and Water in the New South,” as part of “Alabama Rigged,” an Alabama Humanities Foundation funded series, Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, May 20, 2016.

Invited Talk, “Energy and Water Scarcity in the New South,” for the Oconee County Public Library’s and the Oconee Heritage Center’s “The Land Before the Waters” series, sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities, Oconee County Public Library, Walhalla, South Carolina, April 21, 2016.


Invited to peer-review for: Agricultural History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Southern Cultures, University of Georgia Press, and University of Tennessee Press.

Invited submission, “The Profession: From State Schools to the State Capitol,” American Society for Environmental History Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2012.

Rachel Carson Prize Committee, American Society for Environmental History, 2011- 2012.

Board Member, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Athens, Georgia, January 2010- December 2011.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Instructor Course, May 2000, Lander, Wyoming


Savannah Miller
Regional Campaigns Manager, Exposure Labs
SAVANNAH MILLER is the Regional Campaigns Manager for Exposure Labs and is excited to return to her southern roots to manage Chasing Coral’s impact campaigns.

Savannah is an environmental advocate passionate about communicating climate science in a fresh and compelling manner. She is well-versed in both local and multinational policy, having held positions with both the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the United Nations Development Programme. Recently, Savannah pivoted to the private sector, joining Resilience Collaborative LLC to align climate policy goals with private sector investment. Savannah holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Creative Writing from Emory University, and a M.P.A. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Columbia University’s Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs.

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Emmy Montanye, P.E., LEED® AP
Principal with Kimley-Horn

Emmy Montanye is a Principal with Kimley-Horn, a national engineering and planning company. She has over 30 years of experience in civil engineering and project development in the Atlanta Market in both public and private sector projects.  Ms. Montanye’s practice is focused on master planning, entitlements and sustainable engineering design for a broad range of projects ranging from complex urban redevelopments to suburban healthcare campuses. Some of her recent projects include Suntrust Park and Mixed-Use,  future of the Atlanta Braves,  the New Atlanta Falcons Stadium, Buckhead Atlanta Mixed-Use, College Football Hall of Fame, Sky House Midtown, WellStar Paulding Replacement Hospital, Piedmont Park Northwood’s expansion and other projects enhancing the places we live, work and play.

Emmy is married to David Montanye (GT CE 1978), they have raised three children, Frances (Wash U Dr. OT), Tom (GT CE 2010) and Harris (Junior at Auburn)

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1982

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, Wheaton College, 1980


Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley is an ordained Presbyterian minister in Atlanta and executive director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), a faith-based environmental organization. GIPL has been active since 2003, mobilizing Georgia’s faith communities to reduce their environmental impact through energy efficiency, water conservation, and other faithful acts of stewardship. GIPL is an affiliate of National Interfaith Power & Light that is mobilizing an ethical response to climate change, inspiring faith leaders from all religious traditions to respond to the environmental challenges of our time.  Prior to her leadership role with GIPL, Rev. Mosley was the executive director of Earth Covenant Ministry and served on the pastoral staff of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Rev. Mosley is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (GA) and Eckerd College (FL). She is a passionate advocate for the earth, committed to finding creative ways that draw more people towards faithful climate action.

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Kathy Nguyen 
Sr. Project Manager,
Cobb Co. Water System
Kathy Nguyen graduated from Berry College with a BA in Speech/Communications.  She studied Environmental Management at the University of Maryland.  She has been with Cobb County Water System for since 2001.  In 2004 she became the Water Efficiency Manager, where she developed, implemented and manages the Water Efficiency Program.  She is currently the Senior Project Manager for Water Resources.  She is a member of: American Water Works Association, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, Technical Coordinating Committee for Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, Department of Community Affairs WaterFirst Adjudication Team, Technical Advisory Committee for both the State-wide Water Plan and the State-wide Water Conservation Plan, Chair of the Alliance for Water Efficiency Public Education and Outreach Committee. She is also the Past-chair of the Georgia Water Wise Council the Georgia Section of American Water Works, The Irrigation Association SWAT Promotional Working Group.

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Andrea Pinabell
President, Southface

Andrea Pinabell, LEED AP, is the President of Southface, a nonprofit organization founded in 1978.  In this role she is responsible for the strategy, management, and growth of Southface ensuring the organization’s continued leadership in support of its mission to promote sustainable and healthy homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Prior to Southface, Andrea was the Vice President Sustainability and Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. where she led the strategy, operations and integration for Starwood’s global sustainability programs across its ten brands (Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Méridien, St. Regis, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element, Tribute Portfolio and Luxury Collection, along with Starwood Vacation Ownership) and global footprint of over 1,400 hotels in 100 countries. Prior to Starwood, she was the Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute & Sustainable Community Development Program Manager with The Home Depot Foundation. Andrea is known for her purpose-driven leadership bringing innovation and organizational growth. At Starwood, she also led a multi-year leadership and incubation program, Hotel of the Future (HoF) which was tasked with curating the sustainable hotel of the future and then “testing” the concepts in diverse communities and across national/regional-level stresses including socio-economic, wellness, natural resource (e.g. drought) & disaster issues. Andrea holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and brings over 25 years of wide-ranging expertise.  She sits on several boards including 2030 Districts National Board, Sustainable Luxury US Advisory Board, NOAA Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council and has been honored with several awards including Smart CEO Magazine’s Award (2015) for visionary leadership in the commercial real estate industry.

Cory Rayburn
Watershed Manager, City of Atlanta’s Environmental Management Division
Cory Rayburn is a Watershed Manager for the City of Atlanta’s Environmental Management Division.  He is experienced in overseeing innovative stormwater projects and programs that protect our water resources while promoting sustainable development.  Cory played a lead role in adopting and implementing Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure standards for new and redevelopment projects in the City.  He is a seasoned trainer, taking part in over 100 conferences, workshops, peer exchanges, webinars, and tours related to water resources management and green infrastructure.  Cory attended the University of Georgia, receiving a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and a B.A. in Anthropology and recently earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kennesaw State University.  He also serves as District Supervisor on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Daniel Rochberg
Chief Strategy Officer, Climate@Emory

Daniel Rochberg is Chief Strategy Officer of Emory University’s Climate@Emory initiative and an Instructor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and College of Arts and Sciences, where he focuses on climate change and sustainable development.

Daniel spent sixteen years with the U.S. Department of State, where he served as Special Assistant to the lead U.S. climate negotiators under Presidents Bush and Obama, and was a member of U.S. delegations to multiple UN climate and development conferences, including the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, and the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.  He played an active role in shaping the President’s Global Climate Change Initiative, the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, and Secretary Clinton’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative.   He entered the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2000, took a 5-month leave of absence in 2003 to work as a consultant with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and in 2006 served a 3-month tour as the regional environmental officer at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana.

Daniel is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and Emory University’s Sustainability Innovator Award.  He holds a B.A. in Human Biology with honors in environmental science, technology, and policy and an M.S. in Earth Systems, both from Stanford University.
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Alice Rolls
Executive Director, Georgia Organics
2004-Present    Georgia Organics                                        Atlanta, GA

Executive Director

Manages the organization’s operations and programs with the Board of Directors to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of Georgians.

Pursues long-range strategies to advance organic agriculture and develop training, research and curriculums in cooperation with state and regional partners to assist, educate and recruit sustainable and organic growers.

Educates consumers and connects them to sustainable and organic producers through farmers’ markets, retailers, CSA’s and on-farm markets.

Expand urban agriculture initiatives by working with civic leaders and planners to promote edible landscapes, farm to school, community gardening and urban farms.

Serves as spokesperson for organics and develops key relationships with other institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Directes marketing, communication and public relations programs.

Coordinates the organization’s fundraising, budgeting and finances.

Hires, manages and trains all staff and volunteers.

1993 – 2004       EarthShare of Georgia                                 Atlanta, GA

Executive Director

Managed the federation and maintained working relationship with 60 local, national and international member nonprofit groups.

Oversaw responsibilities as a state affiliate of Earth Share national and provides strategic direction to strengthen network of environmental workplace giving federations nationwide.

Developed and implemented the federation’s goals and strategies in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Cultivated business prospects to expand workplace giving programs and manages more than 60 public and private campaigns.

Established Down to Earth Day, Green Day, the Last Hour Project  and the Georgia EcoNetwork as creative programs to support the fund’s mission.

1988 – 1993       The Nature Conservancy                        Atlanta, GA

Development Coordinator

Responsible for Georgia Chapter’s fundraising, communications and membership development.

Cultivated and solicited prospective donors, foundations and corporations, and launched the Corporate Council for the Environment.

Expanded major donor program from 150 to 650 members.

Edited and wrote the quarterly newsletter, press releases, grant proposals and promotional materials.

2005 – Present     Atlanta Local Food Initiative

Co-Chair, Steering Committee

Coordinating broad-based committee of food, hunger, agriculture, education and nutrition advocates that is working to define and develop local food system strategies for the metropolitan region.

2008- Present       Ga. Dept. of Public Health Chronic Advisory Team

Advisory Committee

Providing strategic insight and collaboration to reduce chronic disease for the State of Georgia on behalf of the Commissioner and Georgia Department of Public Health.

2011 – 2015           EarthShare Georgia                                                

Board of Directors

Member of board of directors providing strategic, fiscal and operational oversight for federation supporting 60 environmental groups.

2001- 2004           EarthShare                                                                

National Board of Directors

Member of the board and executive committee providing organizational oversight, strategic input and policy decision-making.

1989 – 1997          Ozone, Atlanta Womens Ultimate                            

Team Member

Member of Atlanta women’s club ultimate team, the top team in the Southeast and competitor at the national level.

1983 – 1985          University of Virginia Field Hockey                         

Team Member

Varistiy member of ACC and NCAA Division I college athletic program.

2017 & 2016     Notable of the Year, Georgia Trend Magazine

2010    Agribusiness Mover & Shaker, Georgia Trend Magazine

2008    Superhero for the Earth, Captain Planet Foundation

2004     Class of 2004, Governor’s Institute for Ga. Environmental Leadership

2004     Eart Blauner Award, Earth Share

2004     2004 Green Team, Creative Loafing

2001     Outstanding Atlanta

2000     Environmental Professional of the Year, Georgia Environmental Council

1997     Outstanding Contributor Award,  Lotus Atlanta Philanthropy

1995     1st Annual Local Access Award, Nat. Alliance for Choice in Giving

1983 – 1987       University of Virginia                        Charlottesville, VA

B.A., Biology;  Environmental Science minor.

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Chris Scalley
Fly Fishing Guide, River Through Atlanta Guide Service
Chris Scalley grew up in Roswell,Georgia, doing the things he loves: hunting, fishing and trapping the Chattahoochee River and surrounding watersheds. Comparing and contrasting other fisheries throughout the world, Chris has fly fished New Zealand’s famed freestone waters of the South Island, Ireland’s productive loch angling, the Gmundner Traun tailwater of Austria, the Rocky Mountain Western U.S. to more domestic waters like the limestone rich spring creeks of the State of Pennsylvania.

Although these distant waters are well worth the journey, Chris and many of his clients have always felt the ‘Hooch compares favorably with these “destination rivers” both from an angling and an aethsetic perpective. Field and Stream Magazine recognized Chris as a finalist in the Heroes of Conservation 2007 Awards Gala for efforts to protect the Chattahoochee sport fishery. He has guided drift boat trips under a National Park Service permit in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area since 1994 and has maintained a commercial guide’s license under the Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2000 leading Cumberland River tailwater float trip adventures.

Chris has a BA in History degree from Elon College, North Carolina; and, maintains CPR certification. Whether you are a beginner,novice or expert, Chris wants to help you rejuvinate your soul on the water!

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Paul Sims
Sr. Dir., Remediation & Public Affairs, Southwire Company, LLC
Paul Sims is the Senior Director, Remediation & Public Affairs for Southwire Company, LLC, which is headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia.  Mr. Sims completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering at Auburn University and he is a registered Professional Engineer.  He has been employed at Southwire for 25 years in the Corporate Environmental Management Department.  His prior work experience was in environmental consulting.  At Southwire, he is engaged on remediation projects, sustainability, acquisitions, and divestitures. Paul was in the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) class of 2004.


Brian Stone Jr., Ph.D.
Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning,
Georgia Institute of Technology
Brian Stone Jr., Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the area of urban environmental planning and design. Stone’s program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of urban environmental change, with an emphasis on urban scale climate change. He is Director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech ( Stone’s work on urbanization and climate change has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Trust for Public Land, and has been featured in broadcast and print media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Forbes. He is author of The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live (Cambridge University Press), which received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. Stone holds degrees in environmental management and planning from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Stephanie Valdez Streaty
Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, Cox Automotive

Stephanie Valdez Streaty is the senior director of corporate responsibility for Cox Automotive where she is responsible for developing and executing the sustainability strategy across the company. In addition to her management of the sustainability program, Valdez Streaty also chairs the Cox Automotive Corporate Responsibility Council and overseas the corporate Go Green Council.

Prior to joining Cox Automotive in 2013, Valdez Streaty worked at Nissan North American where she managed corporate responsibility activities which included sustainability, diversity outreach and the Nissan Foundation.

Stephanie graduated from Stanford University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and organizational development.  

Stephanie Stuckey
Chief Resilient Officer,
City of Atlanta

Stephanie Stuckey received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia.  She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992.  After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999.  Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees.  She then went on to serve as Executive Director of GreenLaw, an Atlanta-based public interest law firm dedicated to giving Georgia’s environment its day in court.  In May 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. In November 2016, Stephanie was named the Chief Resilience Officer for Atlanta, working in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.”

Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association.  Stephanie serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association.  She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013.

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Jason Ulseth
Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Jason Ulseth is the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper based out of Atlanta GA. Jason joined the team at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper as the organization’s Technical Programs Director in 2007 after nearly 5 years of service working for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Effective January 2015, Jason assumed the role of Riverkeeper and now serves as the organization’s lead river protection advocate and spokesperson. He also serves as CRK’s patrol boat captain and is licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine Officer to captain passenger vessels of up to 50 tons.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health in 2003 from the University of Georgia. He is an expert in stormwater management and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Georgia certified Design Professional. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, class of 2016.


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Conference Themes:

What does the science indicate and how will our environment and community be affected?
Learn from leading scientists conducting research in climatology, urban environmental change and heat effects, and hydrology about the changing climate conditions and how they may affect river flows, the urban landscape, and people and wildlife. State and federal agency representatives will discuss the applied tools to investigate impacts and the policies to mitigate and adapt to possible changing conditions.

What is the moral imperative to act and can climate mitigation and adaptation offer co-benefits to public health?
Public health, religious, environmental stewards, and education leaders will explore the reasons to assess climate risks as they relate to vulnerable populations and the moral imperative we face to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts so that we may create a resilient future for all. These leaders will propose reasons for and examples of how climate adaptation and mitigation solutions offer co-benefits to public health and other aspects of community life.

What tools are available for creating a resiliency strategy and who is leading the way?
Local governments, corporations and educational institutions are conducting climate vulnerability assessments and creating resiliency strategies to protect their infrastructure, capital resources, as well as, be responsive to customer demands and seize on market opportunities. Water and energy experts from the public and private sectors will share lessons learned and success stories in reducing water and energy demand, managing stormwater through green infrastructure, and other climate mitigation and adaptation advances to protect our watershed.

How do we communicate with diverse audiences?
Climate Change in the American Mind: Communicating about this complex issue with diverse audiences. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication specializes in understanding public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior and the underlying psychological, cultural and political factors that drive public responses.
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Conference Program and Agenda

DAY ONE: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

8:00amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00amWelcome MessageChattahoochee Riverkeeper, Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Cox Conserves
9:30amKeynote Speaker

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program
10:00amPlenary Panel: Changing Climate Conditions in the Chattahoochee RiverModerator:
Dr. Marshall Shepherd
Brian Bledsoe, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UGA
Brian Stone, Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning,
Georgia Institute of Technology
Todd Hamill, Service Coordination Hydrologist, NWS – Southeast River Forecast Center
11:30amStudent Poster Sessions & Networking Lunch
12:30pmPlenary Panel: Climate Equity and our Moral Imperative to ActModerator:
Felicia Davis, Sustainability Coordinator, Clark Atlanta University
Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Roman Catholic Archbishop, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
Dr. Christian Braneon, Chief Engineer, Hummingbird Firm
Rev. William Flippin, Pastor, Social Activist, Feminist and Ecumenist, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
1:45pmBreakout Sessions 1 & 2
Session 1: Climate Change Effects on River Flows, Fish and Wildlife

Jason Ulseth, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Adam Betuel, Director of Conservation, Atlanta Audubon Society
Chris Scalley, Fly Fishing Guide, River Through Atlanta Guide Service
Mark Mandica, Executive Director, The Amphibian Foundation
Mandy Joye, Distinguished Professor, UGA

Session 2: Climate Change and Public Health: Solutions Offer Co-BenefitsModerator:
Dr. George Luber, Chief, Climate and Health Program, CDC
Dr. George Luber, Chief, Climate and Health Program, CDC
Alice Rolls, Executive Director, Georgia Organics
Tim Keane, Commissioner, City of Atlanta – Dept. of City Planning
Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta
3:30pmPlenary Session: Lisa Fernandez, Yale Program on Climate Change Communications
6:00pmChattahoochee Riverkeeper 23rd Annual Patron Dinner at Georgia Aquarium

DAY TWO: Thursday, September 28, 2017

9:00amPlenary Panel: Water & Energy Efficiency as a Path to Resilience

Chris Manganiello, Water Policy Director, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
Linda MacGregor , Water Resources Director, City of Gainesville
Kathy Nyguen, Sr. Project Manager,
Cobb Co. Water System
Marilyn Brown, Professor, Georgia Tech
10:15amBreakout Sessions 3 & 4
Session 3: Innovation and Resilient Infrastructure for Managing RiskModerator:
Andrea Pinabell, President, Southface
Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability, Emory University/Emory Healthcare
Denise Funk, Division Director of Research & Development, Gwinnett Co. Dept. of Water Resources
Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
Harriet Langford, President, The Ray
Jenny Hoffner, Vice President for Conservation Strategies, American Rivers
Session 4: Stormwater Solutions and Green InfrastructureModerator:
Erik Fyfe, Watershed Protection Specialist, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Jason Gregory, RLA, LEED AP, Sr. Educational Facilities Planner, GA Tech
Cory Rayburn, Watershed Manager, City of Atlanta’s Environmental Management Division
Alice Champagne, Deputy Director Environmental/Public Works Dept, City of Roswell
Emmy Montanye, Principal with Kimley-Horn
11:30amStudent Poster Sessions & Networking Lunch
12:30pmPlenary Panel: How is the Corporate Sector Managing Environmental Risk in a Changing ClimateModerator:
Judy Adler, President, Turner Foundation
Bruce Karas, VP, Environment, Sustainability, Safety and Technical Information at Coca-Cola North America
Patrick Browne, Director of Global Sustainability, UPS
Stephanie Valdez Streaty, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility Inventory Solutions, Cox Automotive
Steve Farace, Minister of Propaganda, SweetWater Brewing Company
Paul Sims, Sr. Dir., Remediation & Public Affairs, Southwire Company
2:00pmKeynote SpeakerPaul Hawken, Project Drawdown
3:30pmPlenary Panel: Tools for Creating a Resiliency Strategy

John Lanier, Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Danny Johnson, Manager, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilient Officer, City of Atlanta
Daniel Rochberg, Chief Strategy Officer, Climate@Emory
Ned Gardiner, Engagement Manager, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, NOAA Contractor
Savannah Miller, Regional Campaigns Manager, EXPOSURE LABS
4:45pmClosing RemarksChattahoochee Riverkeeper, Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Cox Conserves

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A special thank you to our Climate Change Conference Steering Committee:

Mary Anne Lanier, Chair of Conference, Trustee Ray C. Anderson Foundation & member CRK Board of Directors
Dave Kirkpatrick, Vice-Chair, CRK Board of Directors
Sally Bethea, founding Executive Director & Riverkeeper, CRK
Julie Hairston
Andy Thompson,
Smith Gambrell Russell LLP

Rob McDowell,
Georgia State University
Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
Chris Nelson, Chattahoochee Nature Center
Stacy Funderburke, Conservation Fund
Cory Rayburn, City of Atlanta
Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

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Sponsorship Opportunities:
Click here to view/download our event sponsor information. With continued threats to our river, CRK needs your support more than ever.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Becca Klein at

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