On May 8th, Commissioner Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission moderated a packed panel of experts on deploying more wind power in Georgia. The panel consisted of non-profits, utilities and business leaders who discussed Georgia's potential for wind power development. Although there was not a consensus of how much wind could be deployed it was clear that technology advances in generation are making wind power more and more viable for Georgia. The event was hosted by GreenLaw at the Georgia State Bar Building. To read in order start at the top.
The United Methodist Church's Caring for Creation team hosted their annual conference at Decatur UMC in Decatur, Georgia. This year's theme was Environmental Resurrection: Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters. With Environmental Justice leaders in from all over the country including the national director of Environmental Justice for the EPA, Matthew Tejada. Topics ranged from local water issues, Dollar General product toxicity levels, to how as Christians we are called to work for justice. To read in order start at the bottom and read up.
Morgan Stanley hosted an Invest with Impact event in Atlanta. They brought in a panel of top sustainability investors to discuss investing with your values and how that translates into customized portfolios that focus on sustainability. The event was hosted at True Farm Kitchen with Tesla offering test drives. To see the financial industry aggressively pursuing sustainability portfolios is yet another sign that the world is changing for the better. To read in order read from the bottom up.
Rev. Sally Bingham was in town for the GIPPYs and a seminar Candler School of Theology. She also was the keynote at a luncheon hosted by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light. Her comments were brief but focused on the amazing progress Georgia has made in regards to creation care issues and the topic of climate change. She hosted a question answer period which lead to a post about Monsanto. Click here to read Monsanto is a fossil fuel company. To read in order start at the bottom.
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light hosted their annual GIPPYs at Young Israel of Toco Hills Synagogue. The standing room only event hosted two speakers and of course the winners of the GIPPYs. The keynote speaker was Rev. Sally Bingham founder of the national Interfaith Power & Light organization. Also announced was the new GIPL logo (pictured right). To read in the tweets in order start at the bottom.
Expo West! If you are in the natural foods industry, there is nothing left to say. For everyone else, Expo West is the largest natural foods tradeshow in the country and when they say large, they mean ginormous. Expo West had a 7.2% increase in attendance this year. Over 71,000 people showed up for the conference and expo. All the exhibit halls, ballrooms and the arena at the Anaheim Convention Center and the all the ballrooms at the Hilton and Marriott were taken. Most of them booths.
Southeast Green attended several seminars and New Hope Media's version of Shark Tank called Pitch Slam. New Hope Media identified the top major trends which included the Paleo movement. You can check out the blog that was written while en route to the show about Paleo.