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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.
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.
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.
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.
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This show is in support of the Southeast Memorial Page and a special dedication to all the lost loved ones that are no longer with us. It's a tribute and honor to each and every positive voice in our community, and more than that it's a unification of us as a community and us as a people. Make sure you call in and voice your opinions. If you are too shy to say what you want to say or you want to dedicate a song send it to our e-mail email@example.com and we will play that song and say those words for you.We cannot dedicate a song unless you send it the e-mail for us atleast 24 hours pror to the Radio Show. The hurt, the pain and now the strength and power to say enough is enough. It's a wakeup call to those in position or political power some who never thought we would be in such a crucial condition but also to those who knew and find refuge in doing nothing about it. Special shout outs to Author Curtis Howard, Dayrel Muhammed, Mark Payne, Greg Crews and each of you. IT’S OUR TIME; IT'S OUR MOMENT THIS TIME WE BRINGING THE STRENGTH AND PAIN OF OUR LOST LOVED ONES AND OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD WITH US.
Dr. Stephen A. Smith has 30 years of experience effecting change for the environment. Since 1993, Dr. Smith has led the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) as its executive director. SACE is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization working to promote responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. SACE has grown to be a premier voice for energy efficiency and renewable energy issues in the region.
Dr. Smith represents SACE by providing leadership and professional expertise to external organizations, committees and working groups. Dr. Smith currently serves on the U. S. Climate Action Network board of directors and previously served as board chair. He also serves on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council, which advises the TVA Board of Directors on energy resource activities in the Tennessee Valley region. In the last several years he has served on the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and the North Carolina Climate Action Planning Advisory Group; the South Carolina Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee; State of Florida Energy Supply and Demand Committee of the state Climate Action Team; the national governing board for the Center for Resource Solutions’ National Green Power Accreditation; and the U. S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Valley Electric System Advisory Committee. Additionally, he served two terms on Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Regional Resource Stewardship Council, TVA’s Green Power Marketing Committee, and TVA’s Integrated Resource Planning Advisory Group. He has also had the privilege to testify before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; the Great Smoky Mountain Congressional Caucus; and several state public service commissions.
Join hostess Beth Bond, Curator of Sustainable News at Southeast Green, as she gets an update on the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine. The mine is mountain top coal strip mining which poses major threats to Birmingham's drinking water. Nelson Brooke, the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, will join us as we discuss the current status of the proposal, threats to Birmingham and ongoing efforts to prevent the destruction of the land owned by the University of Alabama.
Nelson Brooke ~ Riverkeeper
Nelson Brooke, a Birmingham native, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an anthropology degree. Nelson is an Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast who has enjoyed fishing and hunting along the banks of the Black Warrior River since he was seven years old. Nelson has been Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s staff Riverkeeper since January of 2004. He also served as Executive Director from August 2007 through December 2009. Nelson was named “2010 Alabama River Hero” by the Alabama Rivers Alliance.
As Riverkeeper, Nelson patrols and photographs the Black Warrior River and its tributaries from the land, water, and air, looks for pollution problems, responds to citizen complaints, researches and analyzes polluters’ permits, collects pollution samples for laboratory analysis, educates the public about the beauty of the river and threats to it, works to empower stakeholders throughout the watershed, advocates compliance with environmental laws, works on finding solutions to pollution problems, and is a spokesman for the Black Warrior River watershed. Nelson runs our Riverkeeper Patrol Program and coordinates with our Legal Program when appropriate. Nelson is available to give educational presentations to your school, civic organization, or club.
We want to thank each and everyone of you who have supported the Leaders of Change Southeast Radio Show and the Southeast Memorial Page. Our responsibility is to create something long lasting which include solutions. Part of that process is to think and re-think how we are addressing our issues and concerns. While we discuss getting to that level we think it is important to include Grow Folks Music. Something that you can listen to while you are studying, surfing the internet, or on your facebook. We are opening up an avenue for our Sisters and Brothers who are incarcerated to use this venue to stay connected to their families. Maybe a dedication show we will keep you informed on our progress. If you have any ideas to share please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure click follow on your facebook page.
David H. Pope is a 1974 graduate of the University of Florida (BA with High Honors; Phi Beta Kappa) and a 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law (JD). From January 1978 through December 2006, David practiced in Atlanta, Georgia in the firm of Carr, Tabb & Pope and its predecessor firms. Throughout his 29 year career as a private lawyer, David was in the forefront of environmental law in the south, handling cases under many of the federal environmental statutes and well as under state and common law.
David’s legal work has been acknowledged by his peers through an AV Rating in Martindale Hubble and inclusion in Best Lawyers In America and Georgia’s Super Lawyers. Following retirement from private practice at the end of 2006, David joined the Southern Environmental Law Center as Director of the Georgia/Alabama office in Atlanta. The Southern Environmental Law Center is a non-profit, public-interest law firm devoted to protecting the environment and special places in the South.
Jonathan A. Eppstein, Founder/President of RedBird LED, Inc.
Jonathan’s academic background is in electrical engineering, electro-optics and applied mathematics, all of which provide a strong foundation in both the theoretical and real-world aspects of cutting-edge design of LED lighting products. He also has more than 25 years experience as a successful entrepreneur, working in the defense, medical diagnostics, and pharmaceutical industries. At Laser Atlanta, Inc., his team developed the first Laser Speed gun for law enforcement as well as handheld laser range finders for the construction industry, America’s Cup Racing teams, and NASA. He co-founded SpectRx, Inc., a medical diagnostic company that successfully IPO’d in 1996; and he also co-founded Altea Therapeutics Corp., a developer of new therapeutic drug products based on a patented drug delivery technology invented by Jonathan.
With more than 40 US and over 200 international patents issued, Jonathan is well-versed in the the creation and value of intellectual property, and has brought this experience to RedBird LED. RedBird’s core values are attention to detail and the value of not cutting corners on product development. This has allowed RedBird LED to routinely lead the lighting industry in innovation, performance and quality with our award-winning LED lighting products.
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