Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle
Rutherford Seydel, partner at law firm Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed LLP, and Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, spend the majority of their waking hours working to make the world a healthier place for future generations, including their three children. Their creative eco-efforts begin at their home, EcoManor, the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the Southeast, and extend out into the business world and various community involvements.
Q: What are some creative ways business people can incorporate sustainability in their business? (more…)
I am excited to share that the Turner Foundation has been working to advance improvements in the Georgia solar market through policy reform. This effort is already paying off. Yesterday afternoon, we won an important victory when the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) made public a new proposed agreement with Georgia Power Co. In the new stipulation, Georgia Power dropped its proposed solar tax after experiencing overwhelming Commission and staff disapproval. (more…)
We all understand that cleaner, healthier air is better for us. No one knows that better than Starr Braswell, a young mother from Douglasville. Her 2-year-old son suffers from severe asthma, has visited the emergency room more than 60 times and has been hospitalized 13 times.
Last week, I had the honor of co-hosting Sir Jonathon Porritt at Georgia Tech to speak about his new book The World We Made. Jonathon is a pioneer in sustainability development and an advisor to The Prince of Wales, he has been closely involved in developing sustainability strategies for companies. He is also a former director of Friends of the Earth, founder and director of Forum for the Future, an eminent commentator, author and broadcaster.
I first met Jonathon at The Global Summit for the Travel and Tourism Council in Abu Dhabi earlier this year where we were both speakers. However, I first became familiar with him when my father published his book Save The Earth in 1991 and have long since been an admirer. He has been a major global influence in sustainability, technology and politics. (more…)
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The International Women’s Earth & Climate Summit will take place on September 20 – 23, 2013 in New York. The Summit will bring together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action agenda. (more…)
This article is originally published in Southern Seasons magazine Early Fall 2013 issue
I believe that no matter what your faith, we all have a moral obligation to leave this planet a better place for our kids and future generations by acting as good stewards of the Earth’s resources.
Thankfully, there’s a growing movement among religious organizations who are putting scriptures into action when it comes to more sustainable practices and guiding principles. (more…)
Fifty years ago this past Wednesday one of the most important, iconic and ultimately largest moments of change in the 21st century U.S. took place. A man born in my hometown of Atlanta, GA in 1929 changed the face of social and racial equality in the United States. This man was shot at, beaten, stabbed, imprisoned and had his home dynamited while he was inside with his wife and children. Yet, he persevered in the face of all this to become a leader of millions, a symbol of non-violent courage and bravery. On August, 28 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (more…)
There is good news and bad news. The bad news is 2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the U.S (source: NOAA). 2012 was the warmest year on record for the mainland U.S., record high temperatures were broken all over the country and one-third of the population experienced 100˚ temperatures. Not surprisingly this led to more droughts, wildfires and floods.
So what could the good news possibly be after this information? (more…)
President Obama spoke on climate change this week at Georgetown University and has released the details of his climate action plan. Below, I’ve shared his fact sheet and the link to download the president’s climate action plan. (more…)
This article is taken from GreenLaw.org
This is such exciting news and a big step forward for sustainability in Georgia, thank you so much to everyone who helped make this happen!
GreenLaw & Sierra Club Cheer Decision, Call for More Wind
In a major step forward for the clean energy economy and public health, thousands of Georgia homes and businesses will be powered by clean wind energy imported from Oklahoma by 2016. Georgia Power just announced a deal to import wind energy from Oklahoma to Georgia customers. The wind power will help stabilize energy rates for Georgia Power customers, will provide a boost to a growing domestic industry, and will avoid the need for power generated from dirty fuels like coal or gas. (more…)