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SFI and the Southeast US has had an interesting interaction. Join us as Southeast Green interviews Jason Metnick, Senior Vice President, Customer Affairs, Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI Inc.)
Jason has a third-party forest certification system in North America. The SFI® standard, one of the largest sustainable forestry certification programs in the world, is based on principles and measures that promote sustainability including measures to protect for water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests of exceptional conservation value.
As Senior Vice President, Jason works directly with companies in the wood, paper and packaging supply chain including forest landowners, manufacturers, merchants, wholesalers, converters, printers and end users to promote the SFI program and provide market access to SFI certified organizations. Jason also oversees the Office of Label Use and Licensing. The SFI® Office of Label Use and Licensing encompasses over 280 companies, universities, conservation groups and state agencies that represent over 250 million acres (more than 100 million hectares) of forestland across North America. The Office of Label Use and Licensing administers the rules and procedures for SFI on-product label usage.
Dr. Chip Konrad is the Director of NOAA’s Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC), which provides operational climate service programs and expertise in climate science for the southeastern United States. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Konrad explores the spatial and temporal patterns of atmospheric processes/patterns and the multiple linkages of these processes/patterns to surface weather and climate variability. He has over 20 years experience monitoring and studying extreme weather and climate events in the Southeast U.S.
Konrad serves as a co-principal investigator of the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, an interdisciplinary research team that bridges climate science and decision-making. He was the lead author on the climate chapter of the Southeast Region Technical Report to the National Climate Assessment. He has published articles in a wide range of geography and atmospheric science journals on topics that include heat waves, tropical cyclones, heavy precipitation, ice storms, high winds, and cold air outbreaks. His research is largely supported by grants from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Joining us today is Alison Thomas, president of Keep My Planet Green, offering small businesses and consumers an easy way and affordable way to support renewable energy and sustainable practices. The company is part of Sterling Planet, the nation’s leading supplier of renewable energy and low carbon solutions and EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award winner for the past two years. Alison joined Keep My Planet Green after 18 years with Southern Progress / Time, Inc. As national director of sales and marketing, she ran the Coastal Living Homes program and became involved in the promotion of green building products and practices working with well-known consumer brands across the country. Her career also was immersed in the travel and tourism industry, which prompted the formation of the development of the Certified Green Lodging Destination program for Keep My Planet Green.
Amy Linde is a thirty-year veteran of marketing and business development working for Fortune 500 brands. She began focusing on the renewable energy field in 2009, primarily sales and installation of commercial scale solar energy systems, and recently partnered with Keep My Planet Green to develop school fundraising programs.
Alison and Amy have joined us today to announce the launch an exciting new campaign in partnership with Southeast Green. We’re kicking off a challenge for our listening audience to offset their car’s emissions, and our goal is 500 cars. We’re calling it the GASCAR 500 Clean Air Challenge. But first let’s find out a little more about Keep My Planet Green and what offsets are.
Alan Jones is Manager of the Policy Office in the Long Range Planning Division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Alan joined TDOT in 2004, and he advises TDOT officials on transportation policy issues, including air quality, energy, freight, land use, sustainable transportation and livable communities. He directs the state’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, conducts research on transportation policy innovations, and develops strategic recommendations for making the state’s transportation system more sustainable.
From 1999 to 2004, Alan was a Senior Policy Analyst with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation working on air quality and energy issues. From 1994 to 1999, he was Executive Director of the Tennessee Environmental Council, a state environmental advocacy group. Alan also worked six years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and two years with the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission in Austin.
Alan has over 33 years of professional experience in environmental and energy policy. He has a B.S. in public administration from Murray State University in western Kentucky, and a Master’s degree in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Today's guest is Paolo Mentonelli.
Earning his Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Duke, Paolo is a former engineer and investment banker turned venture builder who spent the last 8 years working abroad and has now returned home to Atlanta. Paolo has launched and scaled successful businesses across a variety of industries in Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the United States. Paolo currently serves as the Managing Director of BioRepublic SkinCare.
Paolo’s love for easy skin care products developed during his time living and working in Southeast Asia, where his busy lifestyle combined with rampant air pollution forced him to seek out the best remedies available.
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Southeast Louisiana LB
College Gridiron Showcase Invitee
One the of the top small-school prospects at the linebacker position Corbett is a the real deal.
At times during the Gridiron Showcase he was simply unblockable. One of the players' we are highest on to make a 'huge' impact moving forward.
Tempo setter who can get to the quarterback make sure to check out Corbett.
Allie Brown – Renewable Energy Associate
Based in Atlanta, Allie works on promoting clean energy, focusing on wind energy throughout the region. She provides assistance on wind energy through research, engagement with diverse stakeholders, policy advocacy, and implementation of local wind activities. Before joining SACE, Allie served on the executive board of the Sierra Student Coalition: UGA Beyond Coal and was a student fellow for Georgia Youth for Environmental Solutions. In addition to environmental organizing she was engaged in campus sustainability research. In 2012 she received a grant from UGA’s Office of Sustainability to design and oversee student-based research that recommended actions to reduce UGA’s energy consumption and increase use of renewable energy on campus by 2020. Allie attended the University of Georgia and received her bachelor of arts in Anthropology and minor in Ecology in May 2013.
Simon Mahan – Renewable Energy Manager
Simon joined Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in September 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the organization’s promotion of clean energy with a focus on onshore wind energy within the region, offshore wind and wind energy transmission. Simon specializes in policy advocacy, energy analysis and stakeholder engagement. Previously, he worked as an advocate and analyst for an ocean conservation organization in Washington, DC addressing offshore wind economics, industrial energy efficiency and mercury reduction policies. He earned his B.S. in political science at Missouri State University with minors in biology and communications.
“At Hartsfield-Jackson, we don’t want to be known as just the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, but also the most sustainable airport,” said Aviation General Manager Miguel Southwell. “Our guiding principles are very clear. We are focused on striking an effective, meaningful balance between environmental sustainability, economic stability and social responsibility. Today’s award winners illustrate our collective and demonstrated commitment to these goals.”
Join Southeast Green as we interview leaders at the airport to discuss how they plan to achieve this goal.
Join Southeast Green as we speak with Carol Koury, President of Sow True Seed.
Carol is a life-long gardener, having spent her childhood summers in the 1940s and 50s in New Hampshire helping her grandma and family grow and preserve all the food she and her family ate. She had careers in wildlife conservation and the women's health movement, before coming back to her gardening roots. In 2009 she founded Sow True Seed, an open-pollinated seed company based in Asheville, NC. Sow True sells 500 varieties of open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seed in the Southeast and throughout North America. Carol’s passion is for helping people understand where their food comes from so they can be informed consumers.
In 2011 STS joined a consortium of family farmers, small seed companies and advocacy groups to challenge Monsanto's patents on genetically engineered seed and seeking relief for farmers who were being sued when their crops were unintentionally contaminated by upwind GE pollen. We lost at the Federal Appeals level for lack of standing because none of us had been sued by Monsanto - but the Appeals Court did indicate concern about Monsanto's lawsuits and giving hope that farmer's seeking relief through the court system might have a more sympathetic ear (should they be able to afford going up against Monsanto)!.
Join Southeast Green as we continue our month long series on GMOs and education. We will be interviewing Melinda Hicks, creator and momtrepreneur of Little Me Tea.
It all started with a search for a truly healthy kids’ drink for our baby girl, Julia. The 100% juices were loaded with sugar. Flavored waters lacked nutrition. Even so-called “healthy” organic brands added cane sugar. No thanks!
So Melinda and Michael Hicks set out to create a better drink for children based on something as pure and wholesome as nature itself — tea. Some call it nature’s wonder drug, and it’s no wonder. From this little green leaf comes a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Little Me Tea is a delicious blend of caffeine-free tea kicked up with fruit and vegetable juices. It’s rich in nutrients, super-low in sugar, Non-GMO and organic to the core. In today’s polluted, nutrient-deficient world, our children need a true force of nature to keep them healthy and strong. That’s why we created Little Me Tea — the healthiest kids’ drink on the planet.
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