Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios


11:00-12:30pm: Plenary

  • Samantha Major, spoken word artist

Samantha Major was born in Philadelphia PA. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts as a creative writing major. Here, she had the opportunity to develop her gift for writing. It was also here that she fell in love with spoken word.  In fact, Samantha performed her first poem at the age of 15. Upon graduation, she attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and continued performing on and off campus with spoken word groups; Sista Speak Up and Destinations. Samantha believes that her writing is a tool to spread the love and wisdom of God and advocate for justice. She also believes that the most impactful writing comes from personal experience, so most of her poetry is testimonial. Samantha currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Rock Major and her daughter Reign. She continues to perform spoken word around the city and publishes writing on her blog, www.saminthemiddle.com.

  • Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor,University of Michigan’s School of Business

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. This position holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Professor Hoffman’s research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. He has published over one hundred articles/book chapters, as well as fourteen books, which have been translated into five languages. In this work, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues, including: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He also writes about the role of academic scholars in public and political discourse.

1:30-2:30pm: Environmental challenge/opportunity panels

  • Food Waste
  • Joe Labriola, Second Helpings Atlanta

Joe Labriola is the Executive Director of Second Helpings Atlanta, a non-profit food rescue organization. The mission of the organization is to reduce hunger and food waste in the metropolitan Atlanta area by rescuing surplus food and delivering it to those in need. Prior to joining Second Helpings Atlanta in May 2015, Joe was the Vice President of product marketing at PGi and Chief Marketing Officer at Enterprise Information Management. He also spent 30 years at IBM before he retired in November 2010.



  • Jami Buck of Cox Inc.
    Jami Buck-Vance is director of corporate responsibility and community partnerships for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. She is responsible for guiding the company’s corporate responsibility strategy including program development, nonprofit relationships, communications and reporting. Jami leads community and employee engagement for Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program that engages each of Cox’s divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group). Through Cox Conserves, the company seeks to create positive environmental change by operating in ways that reduce Cox’s impact and inspires its 60,000 employees to make a difference. Additionally, she oversees employee volunteerism, diversity partnerships and public affairs outreach through organizations dedicated to the environment, equity and empowerment. Jami is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership and a member of the 2009 Class of Leadership Atlanta. She currently serves on the boards of Piedmont Park Conservancy, EarthShare of Georgia and the Partnership for Southern Equity and is a past board member of Park Pride. A member of the inaugural class of AmeriCorps, she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia
  • Kathy Malcolm Hall of Malachi’s Storehouse

Kathy Malcolm Hall is the Executive Director of Malachi’s Storehouse, a market-style food pantry, hot meal, and thrift closet. Since 2009, she has worked to build a community around the giving and receiving of food. She also works in a private-practice that specializes in relationship repair and does consulting with non-profits. Her passion is watching her daughter play volleyball at the high school and club levels.



  • Water Resources Panel
  • Darryl Haddock of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Darryl Haddock is currently the Environmental Education Director for the West
Atlanta Watershed Alliance. He graduated from Jacksonville University with a BA in
Geography and recently graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s
degree in Geoscience and Applied GIS. Darryl has over 20 years of professional
experience as an environmental scientist working for the consulting firm, Dames and
Moore, as a principal investigator with USGS on a subsurface mapping project and
as Environmental Specialist for the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection
Division. Both Environmental Leadership Program and Toyota Together Green/National Audubon Society recognized him as a fellow and emerging leader in the environment and conservation movements. Urban Waters Federal Partnership Launches Ambassadors Program to Support Revitalizing Urban Waterways in U.S.
Communities. The Environmental Protection Agency is one of the lead federal
agencies who’ve selected Darryl as the Proctor Creek Ambassador. He is also
certified as a Project WET Trainer, an Interpretive Guide by the National
Association for Interpretation and is completing an Environmental Education

certification program with Advanced Training for Environmental Education in

Georgia (ATEEG); a nationally accredited, professional certification program for formal and non-formal educators. Darryl coordinates educational programs, community outreach and citizen science research activities and participates in WAWA’s day to day operations.

  • Richard Hanson of Georgia Water Tanks 

A 1989 engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, Richard has worked in the field of water management his entire career. First, he worked as a manufacturer’s rep for SyncroFlo, Watts Regulator, and other control valve companies, covering southeast Georgia and portions of Atlanta. Then he spent 20 years at SyncroFlo, in every department: Production, Purchasing, Engineering, Marketing, Sales, IT, Finance, Accounting, Field Service, Commissioning, etc. After a friendly parting, he is now focused solely on rainwater harvesting for the commercial, industrial, and municipal markets.  Richard has earned certifications from the Hydraulic Institute Pump Systems Matter program, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, and the American Backflow Prevention Association. In 2012 he won the Industry Service Award from ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers).  He is a native of Atlanta, and a lifelong member and active elder of North Avenue Presbyterian Church. He stays active with sports and home improvement projects. He is married to a fellow Georgia Tech engineer and has 3 teenage daughters.

  • Clinical Professor of Law Mindy Goldstein is director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Emory Law School.

She has represented clients in complex environmental litigation before judicial and administrative tribunals; in legislative and policy matters at the local, state, and federal levels; and in land use and real estate transactions.  Her work focuses on matters related to sustainable energy and climate change, land use and conservation, sustainable agriculture and urban farming, protection of water and other natural resources, and access to information.  She has successfully litigated cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and various district courts, and she has testified before several federal agencies.  Her representations have been covered extensively by the media, including National Public Radio, The Economist, and The New York Times.

  • Mike Meyer is Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Neighborhood Water Watch Program Director.

Working with Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth, Mike’s work ranges from program management, field studies and lab analysis with CRK’s community focused Neighborhood Water Watch program, to conservation and education efforts with CRK’s outreach programs.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Mike was first introduced to Atlanta’s water quality issues in 2001 while working with Southeast Waters, an AmeriCorps program. Shortly after graduating from Oglethorpe University with a B.S. in Biology, Mike began his work with CRK.

A passionate advocate for environmental protection and stewardship, trained watershed protection specialist and certified Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector, Mike focuses his work on the protection of urban waterways and greenspaces.

  • Food production
  • May C. Brown (and perhaps gardener) of the Friendship Center

When she was three years old, May planted her first vegetable garden, and she has been hooked on gardening ever since. After seventeen years of university teaching, she resigned and started Earthkind Landscapes, a landscape design and maintenance company. Its mission is to hire and train disadvantaged people and promote sustainable landscapes. At the same time, she established a gardening program at Holy Comforter Church. This has grown into a supported employment program called Seedtime and Harvest. This program is housed in the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church and it supports persons marginalized by mental illness and poverty. Gardeners have skills and sales training and learn environmental stewardship.

  • Jillian Robinson, Covenant House Georgia

Jillian moved to Atlanta from Oxford, Mississippi where she completed her undergraduate work in Public Policy Leadership, International Studies, and French. She began working with Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) in August of 2015. As a member of the Development Team, she manages many private foundation grants and CHGA’s annual A Night of Broadway Stars gala. Utilizing her background in farm-to-school work, she helped CHGA launch its gardening social enterprise, Help Us Grow (HUG). CHGA also works with homeless youth to reach their fullest potential. One of the reasons Jillian loves working with CHGA is because of her interests in community economic development.

  • Sara Berney, Wholesome Wave Georgia

Sara is the first full-time Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Wholesome Wave Georgia. The organization seeks to increase access to and affordability of nutritious, local foods for Georgians living at or below 130% of the poverty line. Prior to this, Sara worked as a Public Health Consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP, supporting clients at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health non-profits including the Flour Fortification Initiative. Prior to joining Deloitte, Sara served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru where she collaborated with community health promoters and youth health educators to implement Healthy Homes and Schools programs, impacting over 40 families and students in five primary schools. Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in African Studies and Sociology from Emory University. She is also a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. When she is not working, Sara enjoys reading, riding her bike around town, and hosting potlucks with friends and family.

2:45-4:15pm: Guided tours

  • Interpretive walk in Lullwater Preserve with Jim Rodgers

Jim Rodgers has been involved with native plants for over 30 years. Although he has some formal training in botany and landscape design, most of his knowledge is self-taught. He is knowledgeable about native plant identification, species habitat, and propagation. Jim owns and operates Nearly Native Nursery, a walk-in retail and mail order business in Fayetteville, Georgia. Nearly Native Nursery specializes in native trees, shrubs, palms, and perennials for low maintenance and eco-friendly landscapes that will attract native wildlife. He also oversees the Native Oasis Botanical Garden at Nearly Native Nursery. This 2.5-acre garden is fast becoming a home for specimen displays and experimental gardens. Jim is currently heading up the restoration of the Hymenocallis coronaria, Shoals Spider Lilies in Columbus, Georgia, along the Chattahoochee River. He shares his passion with many sectors of the public, speaking to a diverse audience throughout the Southeastern United States. His passion is contagious.

  • WaterHub Tour

The WaterHub is an on-site water recycling system on the Emory University campus which utilizes eco-engineering processes to clean waste water for future non-potable uses.  It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the United States. Emory’s WaterHub is capable of recycling up to 400,000 gallons-per-day –nearly 40% of Emory’s total campus water needs.  Wastewater cleaned by the WaterHub is used as process make-up water in Emory’s steam and chiller plants and for future toilet flushing in select residence halls. The system will reduce Emory’s draw of water from Atlanta’s municipal water supply by up to 146 million gallons of water annually. The WaterHub includes a 50,000 gallon emergency water reserve which will allow Emory’s heating and cooling systems to function for an average of seven hours, depending on seasonal operating demands, in the event of any disruption in water availability.  The WaterHub was made possible by an innovative water purchase agreement between Emory University and Sustainable Water, a water reclamation technology provider. The WaterHub creates lower cost water at a long-term stable rate and is expected to save millions of dollars in water utility costs to Emory over a 20 year period.  The WaterHub aligns with the University’s vision for a sustainable campus and reduces the overall water demand on one of the smallest municipal watersheds in the United States.

  • Documentary and Discussion: Real Value

Real Value is an award-winning economics documentary that delivers a refreshing meditation on how business can be used to create value beyond profit; connecting motivational stories from social entrepreneurs working in agriculture, apparel, insurance, and biofuel, with the captivating science behind our perception of value from world-renowned professor of psychology and behavioral economics, Dan Ariely. The film serves as inspiration for any business owner, entrepreneur, or customer who is looking to better understand what happens when a business puts people, planet, and profit on equal footing.

4:15-5:30pm: Skills Workshops

  • Green Political Advocacy: Sierra Club, Ian Karra

Ian Karra is Georgia’s Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, which aims to replace dirty coal infrastructure with safe, clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists. The campaign has successfully advocated for the retirement of 6 Georgia coal plants and a commitment from Georgia Power to add over 250,000 homes worth of renewable energy over the next 5 years. Ian first got involved with the Sierra Club as a Beyond Coal volunteer, leading a successful campaign at the University of Georgia to retire its on-campus coal boiler. Ian previously worked at Southface Energy Institute, holds BBA degrees in economics and finance, and is a Udall Scholar.

  • Green Entrepreneurship: Corny Creation, Nehemiah Ray

The passion Nehemiah has for nature was sparked at an early age while exploring the forests and creeks in his neighborhood. This passion compelled him to pursue a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry at the illustrious Claflin University. Upon graduating, a new fire of love for the earth was kindled within him. This flame was the torch that lead to his discovery of Corny Creation. Through Corny, he desires to help ignite a passion in others and bring awareness to natures intricate beauties.

  • Green Communication: Green Guy, Eric Moncrief

Eric Moncrief is a sustainability advocate and the host of The Talk with Green Guy Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Eric began his sustainability talk show podcast in March 2014. His goal is to promote and spread awareness and education nationwide about the sustainability and the environmental community. He interviews trendsetters and innovators in a range of areas such as energy, solar, climate change and urban/organic farming. His aspiration is to be a nationally syndicated talk show host who reaches national and global audiences with the message of Sustainability. Currently, Eric hosts the Mayors’ Climate Summit Series the first of its kind nationwide. Some of Eric’s notable guests have been: City of Atlanta, United States Green Building Council, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, SunTrust Park, NASCAR, Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Mayor Jeri Muoio of West Palm Beach, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment. Eric also worked extensively in the IT industry, which he was in for twenty years. He has expertise in computer hardware, software, network security and recycling. While in the industry, he worked as CEO of Nvirotech Recycling, LLC, an electronics recycling company. Nvirotech helps organizations with IT asset recovery services as well as environmentally friendly recycling and disposal of electronic equipment. Eric’s passion is to promote change and serve as a resource to educate individuals, communities, and corporations and advance the mission of achieving Sustainability.



9:00-10:00am: Plenary

  • Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, Campus Rabbi at Hampshire College

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein founded Shomrei Adamah, Keepers of the Earth, the first national Jewish environmental organization in 1988.  She has been dubbed the ” birthmother of the Jewish environmental movement” and “a pioneering thinker who helped define modern Jewish environmentalism.” She is author/editor of: Let the Earth Teach You Torah (1992), Ecology & the Jewish Spirit (1998) and The Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology (2006).   Her most recent article, “The Ecotheology of the Song of Songs” will be published by Oxford University Press for the upcoming volume: Handbook on Bible and Ecology (2018).  Ellen wrote the first ecological haggadah for Tu B’Sh’vat, A New Year for the Trees (1988), and has popularized Tu B’Sh’vat as an ecological festival through her large-scale inter-spiritual Tu B’Sh’vat arts and music Seders. Ellen has taught graduate level courses in reading the bible ecologically, and has presented her work on biblical ecology in universities, synagogues and churches. She was a featured speaker at the Religions for the Earth conference, at the final ceremony of the 2014 Peoples’ Climate March, and at the 2015 Parliament for World Religions.  She currently works at Hampshire College as a spiritual advisor. In 1975, Ellen graduated from U.C. Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources, one of the first environment programs in the United States. She received an M.A. degree in Biology from Southern Oregon State University in 1981 and rabbinical ordination from the Academy of Jewish Religion in 2012.

10:15-11:15am: Green Culture Change Strategies:

  • Shifting Environmental Values through Education
  • Ciannat Howett of Emory University

Ciannat became Emory’s first Director of Sustainability Initiatives in September 2006. She manages an enterprise-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 Sciences Department. Ciannat attended Emory University as an undergraduate, receiving her B.A. in 1987. She then worked at Emory until 1989 as the Associate Director of Alumni Giving and the first Director of the Emory Parents Fund. In 1992, she received her law degree from the University of Virginia, after which she practiced environmental law. She worked for Kilpatrick Stockton in its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. as Senior Attorney with the Water Enforcement Division. After this, she went on to serve as Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Georgia and Alabama office until 2006. Currently, Ciannat is a Trustee for the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Emory Law School’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic and Grants to Green. 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, the 2013 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Rollins School of Public Health, and a 2014 Award of Distinction from Emory. She is a frequent regional and national speaker on sustainability issues, and she was named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine, for four years.

  • Eboni Preston of the Greening Youth Foundation

Eboni Preston is the Director of Programs at the Greening Youth Foundation.  She is a management professional with a background in non-profit administration, program operations, and workforce development. With a commitment to social, economic, and educational justice, Eboni is passionate about her work with the Greening Youth Foundation and its mission to nurture the generation of environmental leaders. Eboni holds a Master of Science in Social Work and Nonprofit Management from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

  • Garry Harris of the Center for Sustainable Communities

Garry A. Harris is the Managing Director of a non-profit organization called Sustainable Communities. The organization is dedicated to making communities cleaner, greener, healthier, safer, and more climate resilient through an equity, faith, and environmental justice lens. He is also the President of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), a consulting firm that provides diverse sustainability, energy engineering, and power generation technical services. Mr. Harris has more than three decades of experience in the energy, environmental and sustainability fields. He has expertise in a range of areas such as energy efficiency, project management, field engineering, and plant operations. He has previously held senior positions at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Institute for Nuclear Power Operations, and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Harris works to facilitate local, regional, and state wide energy sustainability and environmental advocacy. He has received numerous professional awards and holds positions on several boards and civic associations including Georgia Interfaith Power and Light; 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and the Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment program (CREATE) at Emory’s Center for Ethics. He is a recognized leader in STEM Education in the State of Georgia. He was appointed to the Steering Committee for the Greater Atlanta United Nations University Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE). He also founded the SMART Academy Center of Excellence and the minority student STEM Education initiative. Mr. Harris holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MS in Technology Management and another in Quality Systems Engineering. He is currently taking steps to earn a PHD in Energy and Environmental Policy and is a member of the Psi Phi Fraternity.

  • Shifting Environmental Values through the Built Environment
  • David Freedman of Freedman Engineering Group

David Freedman is the Principal of Freedman Engineering Group, a small engineering firm specializing in outdoor recreation and projects that enhance the environment. At Freedman Engineering Group, he works on projects that connect people with the outdoors and their history. These projects include the Reverend James Orange Park Aquatic Facility for the City of Atlanta, the Restoration of the Stone Tower at Fort Mountain State Park, and the Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail along the Chattahoochee River in north Georgia. He is active in his community and serves on several boards. He is the Chair of the Marietta Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves on the Marietta Historic Board of Review, the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society board, the Len Foote Hike Inn board, and the Emory University Culture, Religion, Ethics, And the Environment (CREATE) program local advisory board. Previously, he was the former Director of Engineering and Construction for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources where he served as project manager on some of the most notable projects in the State. These projects include restoration of the Sapelo Island Lighthouse, one of the oldest buildings in Georgia still serving its original purpose which will be 200 years old in 2020, the stairway and cable suspension bridge into Tallulah Gorge, one of the most spectacular trail loops in the southeast, and the Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center, the first building in the southeast to receive LEED for New Construction platinum certification and one of the most water efficient buildings in the nation. He recently served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida.

  • Johanna McCrehan of the Georgia Conservancy

Johanna McCrehan, AICP, LEED Green Assoc. serves as a planner and urban designer for the Georgia Conservancy, focusing on the physical components of community sustainability through design and planning. Johanna’s work history includes time in the private and government sectors in addition to her five years at the Georgia Conservancy. Her project experience includes community design, comprehensive planning, overlay district creation, public involvement and urban design. Johanna’s role at the Georgia Conservancy involves mapping, community planning, site plan development and community engagement through workshops, communications, and discussion facilitation as well as strategic design efforts such as tactical urbanism. Johanna provides downtown design services as part of Georgia Conservancy’s small town focus, and her design skills have be recognized through various awards. She is an architecture graduate from Clemson University and holds a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech.

  • Howard Wertheimer of GA Tech’s Living Building Challenge

Howard S. Wertheimer is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also the Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning & Space Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this position, he has strategic oversight of the campus master plan, landscape master plan, historic preservation plan, campus-wide sustainability initiatives and most things that are visually exposed. More specifically, he manages over 15 million square feet of space in 200 buildings on 400 acres, including more than 170 centrally scheduled classrooms and instructional spaces on campus. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in November 2006, Howard was a partner and principal at Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects where he focused on the planning, programming and design of technically sophisticated college and university facilities. Howard has served on numerous design awards juries, including R&D Lab of the Year, SCUP Excellence in Planning, SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Awards, and ENR Best of the Best. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter, and has been an active participant in numerous community and professional organizations, including AIA, SCUP, COAA, AASHE, AUA, NACUBO and Leadership Atlanta. Each Fall he teaches a freshman seminar class at Georgia Tech, GT 1000 geared towards ensuring first-year students have a smooth college transition.

  • Shifting Environmental Values through Green Jobs
  • Bernie Burgener of Greenhouse Accelerator

Bernie is the executive director of the Greenhouse Accelerator, which helps early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs create sustainable jobs. Early in his career Bernie worked as a financial analyst and business consultant for a private investment company in Lima, Peru. In this role, he helped fund and grow businesses in various countries and industries across South America. He then worked for over twenty years with a water treatment company in Atlanta, leading its international business development, including strategic planning; identifying, negotiating, and executing acquisitions; and managing key raw material contracts. Bernie is a PhD economist by education and a sustainability advocate by avocation.

  • Eriqah Vincent of the National Wildlife Federation

A proud native of Newark, New Jersey, Eriqah R. K. Vincent is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. She is currently the National EcoLeader Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders Program. In this position, she manages the program’s recruitment and oversees professional development initiatives. She also works to strengthen local and regional networks of campuses, such as the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network, committed to sustainability by organizing educational events.  Her passion is to provide resources and student environmental leadership development services to historically black colleges and universities, like her beloved alma mater. By so doing, she hopes to advance minority presence in this movement. While in school, Eriqah was an active student. She was on the executive board of several organizations including the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Spelman chapter. However, she discovered her passion for environmental justice and sustainability through Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions (SEeED), a Morehouse College chartered organization. She went on to serve as the Internal Director of that organization during her senior year. While in the role, she organized two of the largest African American student delegations to PowerShift, once in 2009 and again in 2011. Outside of school, Eriqah worked extensively with the organization Let’s Retrofit A Million Project (formerly Let’s Raise A Million). She was also the Georgia Coal Diversity Organizer intern for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). She is currently a member of the Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) National Speakers Bureau and the Youth Perspective Climate Justice Working Group with the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Eriqah was also recently appointed as the Board Chair of the HBCU Green Fund.  She plans to pursue an MPA in Nonprofit Management soon.

  • Jenni Asman of Georgia State University

Jenni Asman is the Sustainability Program Coordinator at Georgia State University, and a member of numerous committees at the university, local, and regional levels, including Georgia State’s Staff Council Sustainability Committee, and the City of Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan Technical Steering Committee. Before coming to GSU, she served as the Program Director of Conservation Voters of South Carolina. Ms. Asman received her B.A. from Furman University, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon sustainability fellow.

11:30-12:45pm: Plenary

  • Dr. Cory Andrew Labrecque of Laval University

Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics. He is the inaugural Chair of Educational Leadership in the Ethics of Life in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval in Quebec City, Canada. Previously, Dr. Labrecque served as the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Religious Thought and the Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program at the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He was also Co-Director of Catholic Studies in Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences. He earned a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology, an M.A. in Religious Studies with specialization in Bioethics, and a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Labrecque also taught as a course lecturer in the Faculty of Religious Studies, the Institute of Parasitology, and the Department of Physiology at his alma mater for several years. His research lies at the intersection of religion, medicine, biotechnology, environment, and ethics. He is interested in the impact of emerging/transformative technologies (especially those related to regenerative and anti-ageing medicine) on philosophical and theological perspectives on human nature and the human-God-nature relationship.

  • Rev. Gerald Durley of Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Durley served as the senior pastor of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church for 25 years. He is currently the pastor emeritus of the church. He has been inducted into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame for his extensive Civil Rights work. He promotes interfaith dialogue as a member of the Advisory Board for Interfaith Community Initiatives. He has also been active in promoting discussions on climate change and other environmental issues as a member of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Power and Light. Rev. Durley received his B.S. from Tennessee State University, his M.S. in Community Mental Health from Northern Illinois University, his M.Div. from Howard University, and his Doctorate in Urban Education and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave of the United Methodist Center

Dianne Glave completed her M.Div. at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After completing her degree, she served as a local pastor at Crafton United Methodist Church and Ingomar Church in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church (WPAUMC). Rev. Glave is the Coordinator of Diversity Development at the WPAUMC Conference Center. Dr. Glave has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History with an emphasis on African American and environmental history. She also has experience as a professor in African American Studies and Ethnic Studies. Her extensive background serves as a foundation for her current position. Her publications include Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage and To Love the Wind and the Rain: African American Environmental History, a co-edited volume with Mark Stoll.

  • Rev. Kate Mosley, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL)

Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley was the former GIPL Director for Congregational Support and is the current Executive Director of the organization. She has held the position of Executive Director since 2014. Kate is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur). Previously, she served on the pastoral staff of Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta and directed a Presbyterian-focused environmental organization called Earth Covenant Ministry. Environmental ministry has been Kate’s full-time vocation since 2009. She is passionate about caring for God’s creation and bringing other people of faith together in this shared responsibility to steward the Earth in meaningful ways. She lives in Decatur with her husband and three children, and when not guest preaching and teaching on environmental stewardship, she joins her family for worship at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. In addition to sharing Christ’s love and pursuing God’s justice in this world, her life goal is to visit and enjoy every national park in the United States. She loves to hear about the experiences of others in such places and their shared tips for reaching this monumental goal!

1:45-3:00pm: Skills Workshops

  • Organizational Change Toward Sustainability: Jim Hartzfeld, Principal Hartzfeld Sustainability Advisors

Jim helps organizations build on their efforts in environmental sustainability to embrace “human technologies” of innovation, collaboration, and learning that are necessary to accelerate progress and growth. He does this by leveraging over eighteen years of experience working on sustainability with Ray Anderson and Interface. Since 1994, as a chemical engineer and MBA, Jim has championed sustainable enterprise as the right and smart thing to do through a wide range of roles at Interface and other organizations. Some of these include the US Green Building Council (two-term Chairman), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. He currently serves as Special Advisor to the UN Global Compact. Jim leads Interface’s sustainability consulting arm supporting over forty Fortune 1000 companies on their own sustainability initiatives across a wide range of business sectors. Jim serves on the Board of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and is the cofounder of Conscious Capitalism of Metro Atlanta.

  • Spoken Word as Environmental Activism: Artist Christina Schmitt

Christina Schmitt is a second-year Masters of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology. She is passionate about the intersection of food justice, creation care, feminism, and theology. She began writing poetry and spoken word during her undergraduate career at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She also became an active participant of a monthly open mic during this period. It was here she learned the importance of poetry and spoken word as a communication tool. Since then, she has participated in and won poetry slams, and appears in multiple Forum of Theological Exploration publications, as well as Voices of Resistance: an Anthology by Sister City Connection and the next issue of Gutwrench,a literary magazine.You can follow her on Instagram @Christina Schmitt.

  • Sustainable Investing: Kate Mosley of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
  • Workshop: This workshop explores how our long-term financial investments can best reflect our commitment to Creation care. Come to learn more about how different faith traditions are leading the call to divest and reinvest.


3:15-4:00pm: Concluding Plenary

  • Beth Remmes of the Work that Reconnects, The Great Turning Workshop

Beth Remmes is a facilitator for The Work that Reconnects. She is a member of Unity Worldwide Ministry’s Earth Care Team and is on the Education Committee for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Her website is earthspiritaction.com.






Workshop Description:  The Great Turning

We live in an extraordinary moment on Earth. The Information Age and our technological advances have propelled us beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined. However, we are also awash in uncertainty in all facets of our lives as we are faced with the possibility that this current trajectory is not sustainable.

This session will explore the three main stories of our time: Business as Usual, The Great Unraveling, and The Great Turning. We will discuss the ways in which our Industrial Growth Society is showing signs of instability and then identify ways in which we can be active participants in the Great Turning, as we move towards a Life Sustaining Society.