Southface's annual Visionary Dinner is always a stellar event. A who who's of Atlanta's sustainability community gather each year to be inspired and honor the winner of the Argon Award. This year's event actually included two events. There was a morning session with keynote speaker Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot. Then an evening event with the full dinner and all the gala was that night. Notably, this year's Argon Award winner was Mayor Kasim Reed. To read the tweets from the morning session click here and read up. To read the tweets from dinner click and read down. Watch Southeast Green's SEGreen Mobile Interview with Andrew Winston. Read Southface presents Argon Award for Leadership in Sustainability to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Finally, check out the photos including all the courses from the dinner on our Facebook page.
The largest Natural Food and Supplement trade show on the east coast hosted by New Hope Media was held September 17-20 in Baltimore, Maryland. As the subjects of better ingredients in food and health become more of a main stream of many American shoppers, Expo East offers a large variety of new products featuring on better ingredients including the body and lifestyle products. Fastest growing trends were Non-GMO Verified Project and Paleo products. Southeast Green covered the educational seminars and a couple of press events. Of course we walked the floor and met many Southern companies as possible. Also to see the booths check out our photo album on Facebook. To read them all in order start at the bottom and work up.
The Georgia Public Service Commission held hearings on the Value of Solar docket which has been proposed by a large group of solar advocates. Georgia Power representatives offered a counter proposal which would push the Value of Solar proposal to the next IRP in 2016 and change the final year of the Advanced Solar Initiative to a reverse bid only process instead of the current arrangement approved by the Public Service Commission two years ago. Commissioners heard from a variety of sources, many of them supporting the Value of Solar and in opposition of the Georgia Power proposal. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom and read up. Editor's note: This was not the entire session. It only covered a few hours of the proceedings.
Tweet Diary - Southeast Green and the Green Chamber of the South host EPA Region 4 Administrator Heather McTeer-Toney
The new EPA Region 4 Administrator Heather McTeer-Toney addressed Southeast Green readers and the Green Chamber of the South members at a luncheon on September 16th, 2014. Administrator McTeer-Toney addressed the gathered crowd. She discussed issues that the region will be focusing on which are environmental justice, clean water and the clean power plan and the ramifications of what it means to the region. The Administrator received a gift of recycled symbols sterling silver earrings from Worthmore Jewelers. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom and read up. To see pictures from the event click here.
The sixth annual Southern Solar Summit hosted by the Georgia Solar Energy Association at Georgia Tech. With over 200 attendees, the summit hosted keynotes from solar leaders in Iowa and South Carolina. Georgia Public Service Commissioners Echols, Wise, McDonald and Chairman Eaton all addressed the summit. Other highlights included presentations on solar in rural Georgia, tax and financing, legislative issues, solar after ASI and Georgia Power’s update. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom and read up. See pictures from the summit.
Labor Day weekend is well, crazy, in Atlanta. College Football Kick-Off season, Dragon Con, and the Decatur Book Festival which is now the largest independent book festival in the country, all converge on the city. Thankfully we are large enough to handle the nearly 100,000+ extra visitors. I am an avid reader always attend the Decatur Book Festival. Although my time at the festival was very limited this year, I was honored to cover one speaker who was outstanding. Her name is Carolyn Finney and she is a professor at Berkely. This year her book Black Faces, White Spaces was published. A dynamo who holds no punches, Carolyn is engaging and brutally honest and the book is part memoir, manifesto and tribute to blacks across the world doing their part to protect the environment. To read the tweets in order start at the bottom and read up.