The Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California, has been active in the environmental community for 30 years. Sally has brought widespread attention to the link between religious faith and the environment through her work on The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power & Light campaign. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. Sally is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, published by St. Lynn’s Press in 2009. In 2012, Sally was awarded the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award for her environmental leadership.
William W. Buzbee is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He joined Georgetown’s faculty starting in the 2014-15 school year after serving as a law professor at Emory Law School, as well as the director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. Professor Buzbee’s scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law and other public law topics, with recent work focusing on regulatory federalism, climate and energy law, and the dynamics of regulatory battles. His new book, Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War that Transformed New York City, was published late spring of 2014 by Cornell University Press. He is also the editor and an author of several chapters in the Cambridge University Press book, Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question (2009 hardcover, 2011 paperback). Three of his articles have been republished in collections of the year’s 10 best environmental or land use law articles. He is a co-author of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (6th ed. Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2011). He regularly assists with appellate and Supreme Court environmental and regulatory litigation, as well as on environmental legislative and regulatory proposals, and has testified before congressional committees about environmental policy issues. Prior to becoming a professor, Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, was a public interest environmental law attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and did environmental, land use and litigation work for private sector, not-for-profit, and municipal clients while with the New York City law firm, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. JD, Columbia Law School, 1986; BA, Amherst College, magna cum laude, 1983.
Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda MD since his 1997 ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Fred Scherlinder Dobb is incoming chairperson of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (www.COEJL.org); immediate past Chairperson of Maryland / Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (www.GWIPL.org); and past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis. Fred contributes regularly to Moment magazine and other publications; has served in numerous interfaith leadership capacities; helped Adat Shalom become a widely-acclaimed green spiritual center; and has been active within and beyond Adat Shalom on social and economic justice, LGBTQ and gender equality, and progressive Israel education and advocacy, as well as eco-Judaism. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Fred received a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2009.
Kevin Forbes is Associate Professor of Economics at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC (1983- present). He has a B.S. in Business Administration with Honors in Economics from Pennsylvania State University (1977) and a Ph.D.in Economics from the University of Maryland (1982). Kevin has been involved in Stanford University’s Energy Modeling Forum for EMF #20 (Natural Gas, Fuel Diversity and North American Energy Markets) and #23 (World Natural Gas Markets and Trade). He is member of the following associations: American Economics Association, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Kevin is a regular participant in the annual conference of the American Meteorological Society, authored numerous scholarly publications and conference proceedings on topics related to energy and environmental economics, and has been awarded several multiyear grants from the National Science Foundation to analyze the electricity market effects of space weather. He is a member of a National Research Council panel on space weather, teaches on the economics of energy and the environment, and has coauthored several articles on charitable giving as well as health economics. Kevin’s current research is focused on the integration of renewables into the power grid; using time-series econometric methods, he is also exploring the issue of causality between greenhouse gases and weather.
Dianne D. Glave is the pastor of Ingomar Church in Pittsburgh, Pa. An environmental historian, she is the author of Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage and a co-editor, with Mark Stoll, of To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History.
Rawson has been Senior Vice President (Real Estate and Development) of Haverty’s since 1998. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of StarPound Technologies and the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Rawson is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Children’s Center. His areas of expertise include: experience in corporate real estate, development, site selection, store planning, market research, retail analysis and modeling, strategic planning, asset management, and risk management.
Ciannat became Emory’s first Director of Sustainability Initiatives in September 2006, managing a University-wide effort to ensure that Emory’s actions and policies support environmental, social, and economic systems that provide a healthy, productive, and meaningful life for current and future generations. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Emory College’s Environmental Studies Department. Ciannat attended Emory University as an undergraduate, receiving her B.A. in 1987. She then worked at Emory until 1989 as Associate Director of Alumni Giving and the first Director of the Emory Parents Fund. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1992. She practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton in its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. as Senior Attorney with the Water Enforcement Division before serving as Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Georgia and Alabama office. She is a Trustee for the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and serves on the Board of Emory Law School’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic, One Hundred Miles, Grants to Green, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the President’s Council of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Chair of the Board of Directors of Sustainable Atlanta. She received the 2002 U.S. EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the 2004 Environmental Hero Award from The Wilderness Society, the 2010 Pillar of Sustainability Award from EARTH University, and the 2013 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Rollins School of Public Health. She is a frequent regional and national speaker on sustainability issues. For four years, she was named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine, and, in 2013, was selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for its “Who’s Who in Sustainability.”
Bruce Jennings is Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature, a private, nonpartisan research institute that studies ethical and policy questions in conservation, ecological economics and politics, sustainable planning and environmental health. In addition, Mr. Jennings is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he is affiliated with the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. He holds part-time faculty appointments at Yale University, the New York Medical College, and the Weill-Cornell Medical School. He is Senior Advisor and an elected Fellow at The Hastings Center, a research institute that studies ethical and social issues in medicine and the life sciences, where he served as Executive Director from 1991-1999. Mr. Jennings is active on numerous boards and in community service. He is an elected trustee of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and works on conservation and sustainability issues in the Hudson Valley. A political scientist by training (Yale University B.A. 1971 and Princeton University M.A. 1973), he has written and edited twenty-eight books and has published over one hundred fifty articles on bioethics and public policy issues. Among his recent books are Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care (2014); The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life, Revised and Expanded Second Edition (2013), Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice (2007), and The Perversion of Autonomy: the Proper Uses of Coercion and Constraints in a Liberal Society, 2nd. Ed. (2003).
Uriel Kitron is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University. His research and teaching programs center around the eco-epidemiology of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on tropical and emerging diseases and environmental risk factors. In Uriel’s global health research, he emphasizes anthropogenic changes, including issues of climate, urbanization, agricultural practices and conservation. For diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, Schistosomiasis, West Nile virus in Atlanta and in Chicago, and Chagas disease, Uriel’s group studies the transmission dynamics and ecology of the insect vectors and the mammalian and avian reservoir hosts, incorporating a strong field component (trapping vertebrates, collecting insects, identifying environmental features), spatial analysis, and laboratory work. In his lab, he applies geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing to gather and manage environmental data that can explain the spatial distribution of disease and vectors, and assess risk of transmission. Current research efforts funded by NIH, NSF and CDC include large-scale collaborative international studies of malaria and schistosomiasis in Kenya, Chagas disease in Argentina and dengue in Brazil, Peru and Australia, and of West Nile virus and eco-epidemiology of disease emergence in urban areas in the U.S. Uriel’s teaching interests include Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Spatial Epidemiology and Ecological Parasitology.
Elizabeth Moore is Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University. Mary Elizabeth sees her primary work as working with others and contributing her small part toward repair of the world (tikkun olam). Her recent books include Teaching as a Sacramental Act, Ministering with the Earth, and Teaching from the Heart, plus the co-edited volumes Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World and Practical Theology and Hermeneutics. She has also written many articles on education, process and feminist theologies, and justice and reconciliation.
Carol Singer Neuvelt is the Executive Director of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), which is a professional association that empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. NAEM provides peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research and an active community for sharing solutions to today’s corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Under Carol’s leadership, NAEM has grown from a small group of environmental managers to the largest professional community for corporate EHS and sustainability decision-makers.
Bobbi Patterson, Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion at Emory University, established experiential learning programs at Emory and has participated in national workshops and conferences, using engaged, integrative, and contemplative approaches to learning and teaching. Challenging personal, institutional, and culturally-framed assumptions in classroom, off campus, and with community partners, she emphasizes transformative, humanistic, and interdisciplinary approaches often rooted in place-based and contemplative pedagogies. Her scholarly articles cover a range of topics including Christian embodiment and practices, sustainability, and pedagogical models, uses, and assessments. She has developed learning exercises and formats, which highlight linkages among history, ecosystems, and community for conceptual insight, ethical decision-making, and action. A.B.: Smith College, M.Div.: Harvard, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Emory.
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004 she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the Chair of the Board, and in 1994 she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on additional national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Carter Center Board of Councilors, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta. Laura lives with her husband and her three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.