Eric Arnold, Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager
Eric Arnold is the Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager at Georgia Power. His responsibilities are to lead the Company’s strategic objective of implementing the energy efficiency programs as certified by the Georgia Public Service Commission as demand-side management resources. Eric has worked for Georgia Power for close to 30 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business from Mercer University. He is a member of ASHRAE, AEE and served as Atlanta Chapter President and Southeast Regional Director of the American Association of Black in Energy (AABE). Eric is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).
Shan Arora, Program Manager, Policy
Shan is part of Southface’s Policy Team. He leads the “Solar for Georgia’s Underserved Markets” program, through which Southface assists nonprofits and low-income multifamily developers to go solar. He is the Project Manager for www.GeorgiaEnergyData.org, Southface’s initiative to allow users to easily understand Georgia’s energy consumption, electricity generation, and solar assets. Shan also manages Southface’s Clean Energy Industry Census project (www.CleanEnergyIndustry.org) to quantify the economic benefits of Georgia’s clean energy sector. He works with partners across the state to increase the amount of clean electricity generated in Georgia, as well as expand Georgia’s clean energy workforce. Prior to Southface, Shan worked in the international trade / international tax field for a decade, first with a software company in Washington, DC and then with Deloitte Tax in Atlanta. He received his Bachelors and Law degrees from Emory University.
Dana Bartolomei, Housing & Energy Efficiency Policy Associate
National Housing Trust
Dana Bartolomei works with partners across the country to advance Energy Efficiency for All’s (EEFA) mission to make multifamily homes healthy and affordable through energy efficiency. Since 2015, Dana has worked with a dedicated coalition of housing, energy and equity organizations in Atlanta to promote effective utility energy efficiency programs for the affordable multifamily housing sector to keep housing affordable and reduce the high energy burden faced by low-income families. Dana holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.
Rob Bennett, CEO
Rob Bennett is the founding CEO of EcoDistricts. He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with nearly 20 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development and environmental policy. Prior to launching EcoDistricts, Rob was the Executive Director of the Portland Sustainability Institute, a nonprofit founded by Mayor Sam Adams to accelerate sustainability policy and project innovation in Portland and worked for the Clinton Foundation supporting climate action in cities throughout North America. Rob was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council and was a board member of REACH Community Development, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most innovative nonprofit affordable housing providers. Rob has presented throughout the United States and abroad on topics such as green economic development, sustainable municipal innovation and green building policy. Rob holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
Michael Black, Faculty Associate for the Sustainability Office
Georgia State University
Michael Black, PhD is a faculty member in the Neuroscience Institute and Faculty Associate for the Sustainability Office he helped create at Georgia State University. Michael assisted student groups in reallocating student fees to $3/student/semester supporting university sustainability student groups and projects. He teaches Sustainability classes and advises the Student Environmental Team (SET) and Tree Campus USA. Serving on Decatur’s Environmental Sustainability Board, the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network and the Georgia Environmental Justice Alliance, he feels strongly about climate justice. Michael is a 2015 Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) graduate and Class of 2017 EPA Environmental Justice Academy member.
Chris Brand, President and CEO
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
Chris joined Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) in 1993 as the donations manager. Because of his work to develop new resources for donations as well as expand existing ones, Chris was promoted to executive director of FODAC in 2001 and voted president in 2003. During this period, he guided FODAC through a difficult growing period to become what are now a national best practice program and the largest domestic distribution program of used Home Care Equipment. This program promotes increased independence and more participation in education, the workplace, and the community in underserved regions of Georgia and the Southeast. Under Chris’ guidance, FODAC launched its largest ever capital campaign – spanning across three years and including major building renovations, such as energy efficient updates, lobby expansion, more interactive equipment for client usage and thrift store improvements. These changes have increased efficiencies in service and capacity in delivery to clients. He is a member of Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and has established a relationship with Red Cross and GEMA to house and distribute disability shelter kits for general population shelters in Georgia. He also leverages new HME donations to assist regions affected by disasters around the country. Chris currently serves on the National Task Force for Disaster Preparedness and the National Task Force for ReUse of Assistive Technology. He serves on the Board of Leading Age and the Georgia Tools for Life Advisory Board.
Bill Browning, Co-founder/CEO
Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP., is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government and civil society. Early in his career, Bill built Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 2006, he co-founded Terrapin Bright Green is an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Bank of America, the White House and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning is a founding board member of USGBC. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design and building practices. He is a co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate; A Primer on Sustainable Building; Greening the Building and the Bottom Line; Biophilic Design; The Economics of Biophilia; Midcentury (un)Modern; and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.
Bonnie Casamassima, Program Manager, Commercial Sustainability Services
Bonnie Casamassima is passionate about the ability our built environment has to impact its end-user. As the Program Manager for Atlanta’s Better Building Challenge, she leads Southface’s technical assistance team in helping commercial buildings reduce energy and water use by 20 percent by 2020. In her previous role at Southface she worked with sustainable certification programs consulting with large portfolio clients such Chick-fil-A, the City of Atlanta and Gwinnett County. Furthermore, she continues to contribute to the progression of Southface’s holistic sustainability services focusing on wellbeing with her evidence-based biophilic design expertise to enhance the human experience of our built environments. Previously, Bonnie worked as an environmental behavioral consultant with Steelcase for educational and workplace clients and in architecture firms where she focused on workplace and healthcare design. Bonnie holds a B.S. and an M.F.A. in Interior Design from The University of Tennessee and Savannah College of Art and Design, respectively.
Dr. Meldrena Chapin, Environment-Behavior Researcher
The Design Research Consultancy
Dr. Meldrena Chapin is a design researcher focusing upon environment-behavior interactions. As founder of the Design Research Consultancy, Dr. Chapin is dedicated to conducting research combining architecture, interior design, psychology and neuroscience to explore how settings impact occupants. As a former Professor of Interior Design at SCAD’s Atlanta campus, Dr. Chapin taught courses in environmental psychology, evidence-based design, cultural design and design for aging. Dr. Chapin’s approach focuses on a systemic/humanistic perspective aimed at creating environments responsive to user’s needs. Dr. Chapin has lectured in the US and abroad on Supportive Design for Aging, Active Living Environments, Design Research Methods and Evidence-Based Design.
Charlette Clark, Project Manager
Partner Engineering and Science
Charlette Clark is a geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) with over 15 years of experience in the environmental field. She has an extensive background in sustainability, environmental health/compliance and currently serves as a Project Manager for evaluating environmental risks associated with real estate transactions. Additionally, Ms. Clark performs water and energy audits of multi-tenant family homes to determine if appliances are efficient. Ms. Clark is a participant in the EPA’s Environmental Justice Academy and has served as a leader of the Georgia Environmental Justice Alliance. Her EJ Academy project, Urban Sprouts, proposes to transform an abandoned motor lodge into a sustainable, viable garden for the local residents, thereby addressing food deserts and empowering the community with healthy alternatives.
Lisa Conner, Facilities Manager
Steffen Thomas Museum of Art
Lisa Conner received a BS in Psychology from Florida State University in 1964 and completed requirements for GA Certification in Art Education (Grades K-12) at the University of GA in 1978. She founded Lisa Conner Studio in 1969 and worked as a free-lance ceramic artist and art educator from1969-1992. From 1998 – 2013 she served, at different times, as either Museum Director or Arts Outreach Program Coordinator for the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, a single-artist museum located in rural Morgan County. Lisa currently lives in Morgan County with her husband, Dr. Chuck Conner. She serves as Facilities Manager and Green Champion for the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art.
Susan Davis, Executive Director
Susan Davis, founder and Executive Director of Improve International, has 25 years of leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Improve International is a not-for-profit research and consulting firm that seeks ways to improve the responses to the global water and sanitation crises. She’s on the advisory boards for Georgia Tech’s Grand Challenges program, Desert Research Institute’s Circuit Rider program, Transform International, and the Water Point Data Exchange. Susan served on the boards of the Millennium Water Alliance and WASH Advocates, and is a contributing editor for Engineering for Change. Susan has evaluated or supported international development activities in 20 countries and managed a $1 million WASH in Schools project in China on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company. On the Senior Management Team at Water For People, she led the development of their transformative strategic plan. She began her work in international development with WaterPartners International (now water.org), and has also worked with CARE USA.
Jason Dozier, Director of Programs Operations
Hire Heroes USA
Jason S. Dozier is Director of Programs Operations at Hire Heroes USA, a national non-profit dedicated to empowering U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. After graduating from Denison University with a degree in History and Education, Jason joined the United States Army where he served as a Reconnaissance Officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned both the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star. A native Atlantan, he returned to Georgia to help transitioning military veterans in a full-time capacity while concurrently earning a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Jason has also earned a Master of Science in Real Estate degree from Georgia State University, and as a result, is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the International City/County Management Association and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Millennial Advisory Panel. He has served on the Steering Committee for the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mechanicsville Civic Association.
Beth Exline, Director, Human Resources and Operations
Beth Exline is the Director of Human Resources and Operations at Southface, with more than 25 years of experience in human resources, accounting and business operations. She advocates for company policies that celebrate professional development, employee engagement and retention.
Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from University of Illinois and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
James Ezeilo, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Development
The Greening Youth Foundation
For the past decade, James has had the incredible opportunity to develop programs and projects that connect students and young adults of color to careers in conservation and natural resource management. From Denver Colorado to Lagos Nigeria, James has developed youth centered programs designed to connect young people of color to the natural environment that surrounds them. Over 40 years following the civil war, James is proud to be working with local governments to develop and implement conservation training platforms for the next generation of Nigerian youth. James is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Administration. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, College of Law.
Jairo Garcia, Director of Climate Policies and Renewables
City of Atlanta
Dr. Jairo Garcia is the Director of Climate Policies and Renewables and Deputy Chief Resilience Officer with the City of Atlanta. Dr. Garcia develops innovative policies and educational programs to make Atlanta a top tier sustainable city. Dr. Garcia worked as a research assistant for the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City, and his teaching experience includes two teaching assistant positions at Columbia University, a faculty adjunct and thesis advisor position at Concordia University, and an instructor position for the UCLA-Extension program in Global Sustainability. Dr. Garcia holds an engineering degree, an MSc in Management of Information Technologies, an MSc in Sustainability Management, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Technology and Sustainability.
Joshua Gassman, Senior Associate
Lord Aeck Sargent
For more than 15 years Joshua has lead large, multi-faceted design teams focused on sustainable design. During his career he has managed a broad spectrum of projects, ranging from large research labs for major universities to interpretive and education centers. He has worked extensively on projects involving challenging sustainable criteria, including net positive water and net positive energy projects. He holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Arizona State University.
Berneta L. Haynes, Director of Equity and Access
Berneta L. Haynes is the Director of Equity and Access at Georgia Watch, where she works to make quality healthcare, financial literacy, energy programs and civil justice more equitable and accessible for all. Prior to joining the Georgia Watch team, Berneta spent years working on issues from diesel pollution reduction and energy efficiency to solar energy access. Berneta recently worked at Southern Environmental Law Center where she engaged in policy work around expanding access to solar energy and energy efficiency to low-to-moderate income families and communities of color. Since graduating from law school, she has engaged in environmental justice and energy equity work as an attorney in Chicago at Environmental Law and Policy Center and worked on consumer energy issues at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. Berneta also brings to Georgia Watch significant writing and editing experience, as a published author and editor of a nonprofit website. Berneta received a J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law, a B.A. in English, Psychology, and Writing from Drury University, and a Master’s in English from University of Iowa.
Jennifer Hirsch, Director the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied anthropologist specializing in sustainability, cultural diversity, collaborative governance, community development, networks and experiential education. She is recognized nationally for fostering grassroots participation in sustainability and climate action, using methods from anthropology, popular education, asset-based community development, participatory facilitation and museum education. Since August 2015, she has been the inaugural Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology, creating a culture of collaboration in which students, faculty and staff collaborate with community, municipal and industry partners to build sustainable communities. Dr. Hirsch holds Fellow appointments with The Institute of Cultural Affairs, USA and The Field Museum’s Science Action Center and serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University.
Jenny Hoffner, Vice President for Conservation Strategies
Jenny Hoffner serves as Vice President for Conservation Strategies leading American Rivers conservation practice work to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature. She oversees program areas including river restoration, clean water supply, blue trails, hydropower, and science and economics. Prior to joining American Rivers in 2007, Jenny organized an award-winning, multi-stakeholder effort to transform the Bronx River from dumping ground to healthy urban waterway and served as Director of Partnerships for Parks, a network of over 55,000 people and 4,000 park stewardship groups working with 28,000 acres of New York City parks. She currently serves on the American Water Works Association’s Water Loss and Rates & Charges Committees. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree from Emory University and her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia.
Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Co-founder
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks co-founded the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA), an urban, community-based organization of Proctor, Utoy and Sandy Creek Watershed residents in Northwest and Southwest Atlanta, GA who are overburdened with environmental stressors and pollution, but often underrepresented at environmental decision-making tables. WAWA was established as a result of community efforts to halt discriminatory wastewater treatment practices in West Atlanta, and the organization has grown to become an impactful force in community-centered sustainable development. Under Dr. Jelks’ leadership, WAWA has worked with West Atlanta residents to lead community efforts for more than a decade to clean up, protect and restore Proctor Creek, one of Metro Atlanta’s most impaired waterways. Dr. Jelks was also heavily involved in WAWA’s co-founding of the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council (PCSC), a grassroots organization that engages Proctor Creek residents in community-driven, collaborative problem solving processes, along with government, academia and other stakeholders, to identify innovative, community-engaged approaches that advance environmental justice and environmental restoration of the watershed. Jelks serves as Co-Chair for the PCSC.
Yeou-Rong Jih, Program Manager
City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability
Yeou-Rong Jih received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, and her master’s degree in Research Psychology from The University of Oxford. Post graduate school, she went on to work at the Sierra Club as their Georgia Chapter Volunteer Coordinator, focusing on volunteer engagement and community outreach in environmental activism. In February 2016, she was hired by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She is currently working on the Office’s “100 Resilient Cities: Resilient Atlanta” program in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as managing the Office’s internship program.
Danny Johnson, Manager
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Danny Johnson is a water resources engineer serving as manager of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District coordinating the water resource management planning for the 15 county metro Atlanta region. Mr. Johnson has also served as an engineering consultant on water, wastewater and reuse infrastructure design projects for public utilities across Georgia. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University Of Georgia College of Engineering.
Keena S. Johnson, Development Associate
Keena S. Johnson serves as Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (CRK) Development Associate. She is responsible for facilitating all development, fundraising and marketing efforts for the organization. Prior to joining CRK, she worked with the Captain Planet Foundation and with DeKalb County government. No stranger to sustainability, she has an innate passion towards natural preservation, youth and the community. Ever passionate about environmental initiatives, she has chaired both Marketing and Sustainability committees for the Mainstreet Community/KABOOM eco-playground project their community garden, the Garden of Eatin’ and their Gerald S. Ferguson Commemorative Reflective Garden. A native of Atlanta, she currently resides in Alpharetta, GA. Keena holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sustainability and Corporate Finance; she also holds and a B.A. from Georgia State University.
Bruce Karas, Vice President of Environment & Sustainability
Bruce Karas is the Vice President of Environment & Sustainability for Coca-Cola Refreshments. In this role, he leads the environmental sustainability strategy development and implementation for Coca-Cola in North America. He has more than 20 years of experience as an environmental, health and safety professional and has practiced in a wide range of industrial operations in the U.S., Canada and China. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice, a Certified Safety Professional and is a Registered Occupational Hygienist in Canada. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2013.
Alissa Kingsley, Project Architect
Lord Aeck Sargent
Alissa works as a project architect at Lord Aeck Sargent. She has dedicated nearly a decade of practice to serving others. With a Bachelors of Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University, Alissa focused her academic career on sustainability and public-interest design. Her areas of experience include disaster response architecture and design-build services for underserved communities in post-Katrina New Orleans. Alissa draws on her diverse project experience to find design solutions that help and serve others. Her accomplishments at Lord Aeck Sargent include the realization of a number of affordable housing projects and spearheading Lord Aeck Sargent’s participation in Public Architecture’s One Percent program, an initiative to provide pro-bono design services to local non-profits.
Shannon Lee, Urban Conservation Manager
The Conservation Fund
Shannon Lee has been with The Conservation Fund since June 2010 and is the Urban Conservation Manager. She leads our Parks With Purpose initiative in Atlanta, which focuses on development of new parks and greenspace projects that deliver equitable outcomes for some of the cities most underserved communities. By emphasizing the needs of local residents and grassroots organizations, this program supports environmental, economic and social justice outcomes for those that live, work and play near these new park spaces. Currently, she is managing two new park projects – Boone Park West, a green infrastructure park on Atlanta’s Westside and the Atlanta Urban Food Forest, the first of its kind for the city. Her role also includes providing greenspace and real estate assessments for internal and external audiences using GIS analysis tools. Prior to her work with The Conservation Fund, she was owner and manager of a successful business for nearly 20 years. She holds a B.A. in Geography, with a focus on Geographical Information Science and Environmental Conservation from Georgia State University.
Kari Lovell, Director of Finance and Operations
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
Kari Lovell started as the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s Director of Finance and Operations in 2012 after years of being a parent and volunteer at the school. Kari has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and an A.B. in Accounting from Midlands Technical College. Her areas of expertise include accounting, finance and business management. In a prior career, she trained at a French restaurant and worked as a chef for several years. She has also worked as an accountant in real estate and at CPA firms, in addition to working as an accountant/business manager at an entertainment industry-focused business management firm.
Kavin Manickaraj, Project Engineer, Commercial Sustainability Services
Kavin provides resource efficiency assessments and technical assistance services for commercial buildings and participants in the Grants to Green programs. He also provides design/construction review support for ECLC and conducts building science research related to photovoltaics and resource efficiency.
Jimmy Mitchell, Project Solutions
Jimmy started with Skanska in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech. Sustainability is a career passion, one of the state’s first LEED managers, created the Atlanta Mission urban garden, and co-founded a construction material reuse nonprofit based in Atlanta, the Lifecycle Building Center. He is active with Georgia Tech serving on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee and the External Advisory Board of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He led Skanska’s successful pursuit of The Living Building at Georgia Tech and is excited to share their journey to transparency.
Kathy Nguyen, Senior Project Manager
Cobb County Water System
Kathy Nguyen graduated from Berry College with a BA in Speech/Communications. She studied Environmental Management at the University of Maryland. She has been with Cobb County Water System since 2001. In 2004, she became the Water Efficiency Manager, where she developed, implemented and manages the Water Efficiency Program. She is currently the Senior Project Manager for Water Resources. She is a member of: American Water Works Association, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, Technical Coordinating Committee for Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, Department of Community Affairs WaterFirst Adjudication Team, Technical Advisory Committee for both the State-wide Water Plan and the State-wide Water Conservation Plan, Chair of the Alliance for Water Efficiency Public Education and Outreach Committee. She is also the Past-chair of the Georgia Water Wise Council the Georgia Section of American Water Works, The Irrigation Association SWAT Promotional Working Group.
Jim Nicolow, Director of Sustainability
Lord Aeck Sargent
Jim Nicolow is a nationally recognized expert on sustainable design and a principal at Lord Aeck Sargent, where he serves as Director of Sustainability and facilitates the incorporation of sustainable design strategies and features into the firm’s design work. Nicolow’s extensive knowledge of the LEED Rating System has made him a sought-after speaker, author and blogger. He was recognized as a LEED Fellow in 2012. In 2007, Nicolow was named one of Building Design + Construction (BD+C) magazine’s “40 Under 40” up-and-comers. He was profiled in the magazine, which described its group of winners as “’hotshots’ in the built environment.”
Megan O’Neil, Building Performance Program Manager
City of Atlanta
Megan O’Neil is the Building Performance Program Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, working on building energy and water efficiency policies and projects, most directly through the implementation of the City’s Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance. She is a member of the City Energy Project’s City Advisor Network, a collaboration of twenty major US cities in sharing and developing best practices for local energy efficiency policy development.
Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect
Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office
As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. In his prior position, he managed the growth of ENERGY STAR for Homes from its inception in 1996 to more than 8,000 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and U.S. EPA’s Water Sense and Indoor airPLUS labels. Mr. Rashkin has been recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award and is a published author.
Robert Reed, Director of Community and Residential Sustainability Services
Robert E. Reed, III, Director of Community and Residential Sustainability Services at Southface, a non-profit advocating for sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities for more than 37 years. Robert leads Southface’s Urban Sustainability Practice working with teams developing sustainability initiatives in the cities around the region. Most recently Community Sustainability Services developed a Sustainability Action Plan for Atlanta Beltline Inc. and led development of Greenprint Midtown, an Eco-District overlay for Midtown Atlanta. Robert represents Southface with the TransFormation Alliance promoting Equitable Transit Oriented Development. Since graduating from Georgia Tech in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture, Robert has been at the forefront of sustainability planning in the Southeast region. He co-led the community interaction and architectural guidelines process for the award winning Chattahoochee Hill Country Land Use Plan, a groundbreaking Transfer of Development Rights plan recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the American Society of Landscape Architects for its public participatory process and visionary planning.
Bob Salvatelli, Director of Sales
Sustainable Water Consultants
Bob Salvatelli is the Director of Sales for Sustainable Water Consultants. During his time at Sustainable Water, he has championed water conservation and water reuse opportunities across the United States in diverse market sectors such as: higher education, food and beverage, automotive manufacturing, governmental and airports. Prior to joining Sustainable Water, Bob was an executive in both the building products and construction industries, serving the institutional, industrial and commercial spaces. Bob has extensive experience in all phases of construction including estimation, preconstruction, procurement, project management and commissioning. Bob received his Bachelors of Science in Management from Providence College.
Robbie Slocumb, CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs
Robbie Slocumb is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee. He graduated from Lee University in 1997, and has been working in youth development ever since. In 2008 he moved to Dalton, Georgia after accepting the executive director position for the Boys & Girls Clubs serving Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties. He has since grown the organization from four to seven locations, from 300 Club members to 2,100 Club members and from a $300,000 budget to a 2.1-million-dollar budget in 2017.
Stanton Stafford, Managing Principal
Integral Consulting Engineering
Stanton Stafford is the Managing Principal of Integral Consulting Engineering, the Atlanta, Georgia Studio of Integral Group. Recognized as a green building and sustainability expert, Stanton brings over 15 years of experience designing, modeling and commissioning mechanical systems for higher education, healthcare, science & technology, government and commercial facilities. Nationally, Stanton is Chair-elect of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 – Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability where he is currently co-authoring the Fourth Edition of ASHRAE’s Green Guide.Locally, he serves as Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, an entrepreneurial non-profit focused on building material salvage and reuse. Stanton is also a Charter Member of the University of Georgia’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board and has been recognized as a member of Engineering News Record Southeast’s Top 20 Under 40 (2015), the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 (2015) and Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40 (2016).
Bill Strang, President of Operations and Ecommerce
Bill is President, TOTO Americas – Operations Group and Chairman of TOTO Mexico; he has responsibility for all Operations, including Supply Chain, Quality, Environmental Sustainability and management of the five TOTO North America plants: Morrow, GA; Lakewood, GA; Fairburn, GA; and Ontario, CA, Monterrey Mexico with 1.8 million sq ft under roof. Under Bill’s leadership, TOTO has received awards for 5S Lean Manufacturing implementation, US EPA Water Efficiency Leadership Award, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Water Conservation Leadership Award, the Argon Award, the City of Atlanta Phoenix Award, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sustainability Award. TOTO is the largest percentage user (at 50 percent) of Green Energy from Georgia Power.
Denise Tennessee, Director, Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
Ms. Denise Tennessee has over 35 years of professional experience and is currently the Director, Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Atlanta, Georgia. She is responsible for implementing the environmental justice, pollution prevention and community sustainability initiatives in eight southeastern states. These eight states have the largest and fastest growing population and the highest percentage of environmental justice communities and industry in the country. Prior to joining the EPA, Ms. Tennessee was a principle in AGT Consulting, LLC, where she designed animal waste management systems for farmers across the county. She also worked in the public sector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was responsible to water quality modeling, water and air quality programs and she lead multiple internal, program review teams. Ms. Tennessee also worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was responsible for design and construction projects at military bases in the southwest. Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington. She has received multiple Performance and Leadership Awards and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Shane Totten, Director, Commercial Sustainability Services
Shane Totten, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, director of Commercial Sustainability Services at Southface, has more than 28 years of experience in architecture, interior design, holistic systems and sustainability. Shane’s diverse professional experience includes public sector work in urban planning, downtown revitalization, historic preservation, and sustainability planning and implementation. His private sector work includes architectural consulting and practice, sustainability consulting, and real estate portfolio management and strategy. Part of the senior leadership at Southface, Shane directs programs such as the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, Grants to Green, National Energy and Water Efficiency Initiative, EarthCraft Light Commercial, and EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation. He holds a Master of Architecture from NC State University.
Alex Trachtenberg, Associate, Community Sustainability Services
Alex provides support for the Policy and Sustainable Communities teams. He performs research, collects and formats data, performs analysis and writes reports/summaries for the Georgia Energy Data Analysis project, Clean Energy Industries Census and related projects. Alex assists in the coordination and organization of design charrettes and project deliverables with partners, including the Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA and developers. He also develops and delivers white papers and other project materials.
Howard Wertheimer, AVP of Capital Planning & Space Management
Howard Wertheimer, a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional, is the AVP of Capital Planning & Space Management at Georgia Tech where 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. As part of the Space Management portfolio, Howard has strategic oversight of 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. 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, Southface and Leadership Atlanta. Each Fall he teaches a freshman seminar class at Georgia Tech called GT1000.
Katherine Zitsch, Manager, Natural Resources Division
Atlanta Regional Commission
Katherine Zitsch serves as Manager of the Natural Resources Division at the Atlanta Regional Commission. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the work of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, the 15-county water planning agency for Metropolitan Atlanta. Katherine also coordinates ARC’s work on water litigation issues, oversees ARC’s Green Communities program and oversees implementation of the Metropolitan River Protection Act. Prior to working for the Atlanta Regional Commission, Katherine was a Vice President with CDM Smith, an environmental engineering consulting firm. In that role, she completed a broad spectrum of water planning and engineering projects, including working with Georgia EPD to develop regional water plans for the Altamaha, Coastal Georgia and Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Planning Councils. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Systems Engineering, both from Clemson University. She is a registered Professional Engineer, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and was a 2015 graduate of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership.