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Anup Shah Brings Strong Environmental and Leadership Experience to Position The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), which represents more than 4,000 member companies and 1 million workers in the region, today announced that Anup Shah will be joining MAC as vice president of environmental affairs.
Shah brings extensive leadership and environmental experience to MAC. Most recently, he worked as a design manager and principal engineer for Brown and Caldwell, an engineering and environmental consulting firm in Atlanta, where he was responsible for coordinating multiple design projects in the Southeast. During his tenure there, he also directed several large projects in the water/environmental arena and developed sustainable design solutions, resulting in lower costs.
Kilowatt Ours is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges. Award-winning film Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming. Along the way he encounters individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities who are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency and renewable, green power all while saving money and the environment.
This often amusing and always inspiring story shows, “You can easily make a difference and here’s how!”
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, and is doing more and more work in India, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
In addition, he is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme which runs Seminars for senior executives around the world. He is a Non-Executive of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.
He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008).
Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University.
His latest books are Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007), Globalism & Regionalism (Black Dog 2008) and Living Within Our Means (Forum for the Future 2009). His latest book, ‘The World We Made’ - an upbeat vision of our sustainable world in 2050, was published in October 2013.
Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
David focuses on large-scale urban design and planning projects for the firm. He has been involved in the execution of hundreds of projects in the past 20 years ranging from the adaptive re-use of multiple historic structures to multi-thousand acre urban design and planning projects. His work and research focuses on issues of development, particularly within an urban framework and the creation of a strategy for sustainable cities that includes aspects of public policy implementation, criteria for implementation of development controls as well as strategic infrastructure implementation. David was awarded the AIA's Atlanta Chapter Silver Medal in 2003 as well as the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal in 2008 for his work in community planning. David received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a member of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture faculty since 1992 where he teaches architecture and urban design and is currently appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture. He lectures widely on issues of urban design, planning and architecture.
Read David's paper on Constitutional Ecology
Going Green is becoming the leader in horticultural consulting in the Southeast by providing landscape companies, homeowners and community groups with the education and skills to implement organic and sustainable landscaping. Going Green Horticultural has over 20 years of experience with the most prestigious landscape design/build firms in the Georgia landscape industry.
Betsey Norton will be joining us just in time for the Spring planting season to help make our yards and lanscaping greener and more sustainable.
Kate Galbraith is an energy and environmental journalist and co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush (University of Texas Press, 2013). She has covered energy and environmental issues for the Texas Tribune and the New York Times, and she spent several years as an Economist correspondent. She writes a column on green issues for the International Herald Tribune once a month.
Kate got her start in journalism writing for the Lonely Planet and Let's Go travel guide series. She lives in California.
Richard Graves, Executive Director
As the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute, Richard directs the Institute’s signature programs: the Living Building Challenge, Ecotone Publishing and the Cascadia Green Building Council. The Institute’s work moves across scales, offering global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with organizations and local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, and reaching out to individuals to unleash their imagination and innovation to create a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.
Before joining the Institute, he was the Senior Vice President for Community and Education with the U.S. Green Building Council from 2010 to 2012 he directed programs for its national and international members. As a volunteer with the USGBC, he served on the National Board from 2006 to 2010. Richard is a registered architect previously working on ecologically sustainable building and planning projects around the world. He lives in Minnesota.
Jim Renner, PG Manager of Environmental Stewardship Southern Ionics Inc.
Mr. Renner is a geologist and environmental planner with 25 years of experience in natural resource consulting. He has worked on a wide variety of projects related to mining and mineral processing, water supply, and environmental impact assessment and management. A few examples of his work include permitting water supply reservoirs in DeKalb, Gwinnet, and Whitfield Counties (Georgia); developing consistent wastewater treatment standards for Coca-Cola’s worldwide operations; and identifying conservation and recreation options and economic impacts, leading to The Nature Conservancy’s and State of Tennessee’s purchase of the 8000 acre Doe Mountain tract in Mountain City. Jim recently joined Southern Ionics, a southeast regional chemical producer. He is working to advance a company-wide commitment to environmental stewardship and is assisting the newly-formed mining group in developing mines and mineral processing facilities in southeast Georgia.
Mr. Renner is a member of the Georgia Mining Association; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; Society of Wetland Scientists; The Nature Conservancy; the Satilla Riverkeeper; and other groups promoting responsible resource development and conservation.
M.S., Geology, University of Georgia, 1989
B.S., Geology, University of Georgia, 1984
Professional Geologist; Professional Wetland Scientist
Energy Pro is the name of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s initiative that presents the story of energy efficiency and the promise it holds for the southeast region (“energy productivity”), for demonstrating the results its partners and cities have achieved over the past three years (“progress”), and for highlighting how the many facets of this work continue to pave the way for sustained economic “prosperity” in the Southeast. The Energy Pro initiative includes a report that offers an honest assessment of the infrastructure, resources and opportunities in the Southeast that support the deployment of energy efficiency programming; a roadshow to six southeastern cities that highlights the economic revitalization that has resulted from the energy efficiency work done; and a series of awards to recognize the citizens who have significantly advanced energy efficiency over the past three years.
The building of the built environment (real estate and the infrastructure that supports real estate) is in the middle of a structural change, only comparable to the change that took place two generations ago following World War II.
The structural change that occurred in the mid-20th century converted real estate development into a modular, formula-driven industry, based upon access by and parking of automobiles and trucks. I refer to it as "drivable sub-urbanism". The real estate industry responded to the market demand of the day and the results yielded many benefits in the industrial economy. Yet we now know that it actually narrowed consumer options, consumed land at 6-8 times population growth and produced "could be anywhere" places, based upon the "19 standard product types". These drivable sub-urban formulas have been re-enforced by real estate finance, which has turned what for thousands of years was a 40-year asset class into a product with a 7-10 year life.
Seandra became the Diversity & Community Partnerships Manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in December 2009. She leads the development and implementation of strategies to increase awareness and community advocacy from non-traditional communities in the southeast for climate and clean energy policies. As the Chair of SACE’s Diversity Committee, Seandra also directs our internal diversity initiatives to deepen our commitment as an organization to diversity and inclusion. Seandra was raised in Georgia and went earned her degree in Political Science from Spelman College. Prior to joining SACE, Seandra worked with the Georgia Sierra Club and with Service Employee's International Union.
Summer Feature Fridays is brought to you by Cox Enterprises. Cox Conserves is the company’s national sustainability program that focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water
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