The 2014 Georgia Organics Conference brought a partnership with Florida Organic Growers and trip to Jekyll Island. With over 500 in attendance, attendees were presented a quality schedule, a Globe Trotting Cabbage tosser and a keynote address by Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group. To read in order start at the bottom up or pick a topic. To see pictures visit our Facebook page.
On February 20th, the Georgia Legislature House Committee on Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications held a public hearing on House Bill 874. The hearing was chaired by Rep. Don Parsons. The hearing ran very late so comments were very limited. A variety of proponents and two opponents, lobbyists for the EMCs and MEAGs, spoke about the bill. The committee decided to table it for the summer to work out objections to the language. To read in order start at the bottom and read up. Editor's note: The bill was revived on February 25th. Read details here.
Atlanta hosted the National United Methodist Church Caring for Creation conference for the time. The conference heard from a variety of local, regional, and national leaders who spoke on matters, of conservation, business and faith, keeping the sabbath, living Almost Amish and other issues to help creation care teams implement Caring for Creation in unique ways. Highlighted features were tours of local sustainability spots like the Atlanta Beltline, the Georgia Interfaith Power & Light's GIPPYs, Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, Jim Hartzfeld and UMC national leaders from United Methodist Women, General Board of Church & Society, John Hill, and missionary for the environment to the Bishops, Pat Watkins. For a snap shot of sessions here are two of the sessions that were presented. To read in order read from the bottom up.
Southface's Sustainable Atlanta Round Table in February brought the annual discussion of sustainable issues at the Georgia Legislature. The two topics discussed were solar and water both always bring their share of controversy and excitement. Moderated by Stephanie Stuckey Benfield of GreenLaw, John Sibley of Southface and Kevin Kelly were the panelists. To read in order start from the bottom up.
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light celebrated it's 10th anniversary with the GIPPYs. The GIPPYs award congregations for their outstanding work in a variety of sustainability arenas most notable energy and water conservation. This year's keynote speaker was Rabbi Moti Rieber from Kansas IPL who delivered an inspiring speech about faith based institutions are on the forefront of the conversation on climate change. To read in order start at the bottom and read up.
Psychology of Eating Future of Nutrition Conference was an ambitious online conference hosting food leaders from all over the country. One of the speakers was Heather White of Environmental Working Group (EWG) who will also be a part of The Power of Policy (Yes, shamless plug). Heather is the Executive Director of EWG and shared the breadth of work EWG does. So much of it touches us in very basic ways. It can be scary once you understand the number of toxins that we face on daily basis. EWG is working to reduce those numbers. To read in order start at the bottom and read up.