Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business


Between God & Green with Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based efforts are emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care.

Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God & Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement's reception within the broader evangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders view sea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists.

Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism's size, dominance, cultural position, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.


Savannah Ocean Exchange - Solutions Inspiring Actions

Join us as we talk to 3 participants live from the event.

Each year individuals and organizations from diverse fields of expertise managing global issues meet in Savannah, GA. Solution creators, businesses, organizations and individuals from around the world submit inspirational solutions to present at The Exchange based on the current year’s theme.

Our Board of Governors selects a new Ocean related theme each year and a call for submission of solutions is sent around the world. The 2012 Theme is: LEAP TO ZERO+

Throughout the Exchange invitees network with solution presenters and other attendees discussing applications, opportunities and the global potential of the solutions showcased.


  • Provide insight and guidance to solution presenters.
  • Select the solution that will receive the Gulfstream Navigator Award 2012, a financial award of $100,000.
  • Select the solution that will receive the WWL Orcelle Award 2012, a financial award of $100,000
  • Work together for 12 months to advance the adoption of the solutions presented at the Exchange around the world.


BottlesUp - Laurel Herter and Barry Bryant

Laurel Herter has been working with glass for the last 30 yrs. Most of her work has been in the field of architectural art glass, where she specializes in creating both contemporary and traditional glass designs for residential, commercial, public and religious settings.
From her studios in Bluffton, South Carolina, she produces work for clients throughout the United States and Mexico and Europe. Her commercial and public commissions are found in corporate headquarters in Atlanta, athletic facilities in Silicon Valley and several restaurants and churches in South Carolina.

Barry Bryant has over 25 years of diverse business experience working for large corporations, venture backed startups and is the founder and owner of Fortress Residential Management on Hilton Head Island, SC. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of bayMountain Inc., a web infrastructure management company for small and medium sized businesses based in Richmond, VA. Prior to bayMountain, he was Senior Vice President of Sun Trust Bank in Richmond, VA, managing a $300MM retail and business banking division. He holds a BBA in Finance from James Madison University.


Amy McChesney - Force 911

Amy McChesney has over 15 years Marketing experience in banking, financial technology, aviation and automotive industries. Currently, Ms. McChesney serves as the Director of Marketing for Force 911, a propane vehicle conversion specialist and vehicle outfitter for fleets.

A primary component of Force 911's business is the installation of EPA-approved propane bi-fuel systems for fleet vehicles. Propane autogas reduces vehicles emissions, is an approved alternative fuel through the Clean Air Act and National Energy Policy, and costs significantly less than gasoline.


Tommy Sharp: Green Building Product ThermaCote

Mr. Sharp is the Pres­i­dent and CEO of Ther­ma­Cote, Inc., high per­for­mance coat­ings man­u­fac­turer. His pri­mary focuses are to develop for­eign mar­kets, research and develop emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies in the coat­ings indus­try and pro­mote and sup­port sus­tain­able build­ing prod­ucts and techniques.

With almost three decades in the indus­try Mr. Sharp has gained the expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge nec­es­sary to expand his com­pany glob­ally while enjoy­ing his inter­ests such as trav­el­ing and motorsports.


Eric V. Schaeffer - Environmental Integrity Project

Eric V. Schaeffer has served as director of the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) since he co-founded the organization in March of 2002. Eric’s vision of combining policy analysis, media outreach and litigation to advocate for more effective enforcement ofenvironmental lawsstill drives all of EIP’s work. Previously, Eric served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002, where he received a Presidential Rank Award, as well as the John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric's career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior to his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and spent six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1987, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1976.


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