2022 Sustainability Summit

The Eighth Annual Sustainability Summit was a one-day virtual event from 9:00am-3:30pm on Friday, January 28. 
The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation. One of our initiatives is the Green Coast Council (GCC), a forum for business and industry leaders who practice and promote environmental sustainability principles. Each year, the GCC convenes a Sustainability Summit to encourage people in the private, public, and social sectors to understand the economic and environmental benefits of using sustainable practices.
The 2022 Sustainability Summit theme was Creating Resilient Communities: Responding to Climate Change through Individual and Collective Actions. The 2022 Summit took place in real-time using ACF's secure virtual meeting system and had four one-hour sessions which include Q/A. All presentations included 1-3 actionable items that attendees can implement at their business, organization, agency, school, or home.   

Keynote Speaker

Blair Beasley is the director of climate strategies for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. She focuses on the Foundation’s portfolio of work related to climate change. Prior to joining the Foundation, Blair worked as a consultant for Emory University. In that role, she served as a member of the Georgia Climate Project Leadership Team and on the Research Team for Drawdown Georgia. Blair spent seven years with the Energy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., including as the project’s acting director. Blair holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Session Topics:

First Session - Regenerative/Resilient Planning and Design.
Sure as the Sun Rises, Solar is a Sustainable Energy Solution: Paul Freeman, Eagle Solar & Light.

Second Session- Grassroots Community Action.
Faithful Approaches to Climate Resilience: Lella Lowe and Rhoda Vanderhart, Gulf Coast Creation Care

Third Session- Grassroots Community Action.
Community Centered Severe Weather Preparedness and Resilience: Tracie Sempier, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Fourth Session- Ecological Restoration/Climate Adaptation.
Natural Shorelines: A Local Success Story for the Small Private Property Owner: Lee Yokel and Tom Hutchings, EcoSolutions, Inc.

We thank our 2022 Sustainability Summit Sponsors!

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