Susan Kidd became the first Director of Sustainability at Agnes Scott College in January 2008. In her position at Agnes Scott, she coordinates the college's comprehensive sustainability program, including waste diversion and energy conservation initiatives. She also team teaches Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESS) 101, the first course offered for the college's new ESS minor. Kidd is a frequent speaker for community organizations interested in pursuing sustainability and served as the first R. Howard Dobbs sustainability scholar-in-residence in Emory University's Office of Sustainability in 2007 and 2008. She received a master's degree in environmental law from the Vermont Law School in 1983 as well as two degrees from Agnes Scott, a bachelor's degree in history in 1978 and a Master's degree in teaching secondary English in 2007. Prior to her work in sustainability, she was the senior vice president of the Georgia Conservancy where she managed the staff teams that carried out the Blueprints community planning program and the Teaching Conservation education program. She also worked on projects related to air, water, and land conservation.
Ciannat Howett is Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Emory and Adjunct Professor at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. Howett has previously served as the director of the Southern Environmental Law Center, as well as a senior attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency. She is a 1987 graduate of Emory College, and has won awards for her service including the 2002 U.S. EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service and the 2004 Environmental Hero Award from The Wilderness Society. She 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.
Peggy Barlett's current interests focus on sustainability in higher education as a tangible arena in which to understand and enact sustainable development more generally. Emory University has made sustainability a core commitment of the university, and Barlett works with the Office of Sustainability Initiatives to bring that vision to reality, engaging sustainability in the activities of all Emory's schools. She serves as Faculty Liaison, with particular responsibilities for curricular innovation, the Piedmont Project faculty development program, and the Sustainable Food Initiative. Barlett's research is connected to this work, as we learn what kinds of experiences change individuals and what social mechanisms support institutional change as well.
Mandy Mahoney is the Vice President for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. Founded in 2006, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is a nonprofit that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to promote energy efficiency for a cleaner environment, a more prosperous economy, and a higher quality of life in the Southeastern United States. SEEA operates in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to joining SEEA she served as the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta under mayors Reed and Franklin. She serves on the Boards of Directors for Georgia Organics, Southeast Climate and Energy Network, and the Caretta Environmental Leadership Award. She is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta 2010, Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010, and the 2011 American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program. Mandy has a master's degree in environmental management from Duke University. She also earned a law degree and a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University.
Gil Rogers is a senior attorney in the Southern Environmental Law Center's Atlanta office. SELC is a regional nonprofit environmental law firm whose mission is to protect natural resources and promote healthy communities in six Southeastern states, including Georgia. Gil works primarily on water quality and water management issues in Georgia and Alabama and also heads SELC's regional water project. He is originally from Birmingham, AL. Gil studied ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, where he also received a certificate in environmental studies. He moved to Atlanta in 2002 after graduating from Harvard Law School. In 2005, he was named Water Conservationist of the Year by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.
Michael Halicki is a respected public policy and communications strategist and nonprofit leader with 16 years' experience working on a range of public policy issues. As Southface's Chief Operating Officer, Michael helps to set organizational policies, ensures coordination of communications, development, facilities and information technology teams and heads up the organization's strategic planning efforts. He comes to Southface from the Atlanta-based public affairs consulting firm Ahmann, Inc., where his client roster included the Atlanta Regional Commission, Energy Foundation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Institute of Technology, Livable Communities Coalition, Mothers & Others for Clean Air and the Transit Planning Board.
Prior to working at Ahmann, Michael served as spokesperson for two nonprofits, The Clean Air Campaign and the Georgia Conservancy, and one government entity, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Air Protection Branch. Earlier in his career, he worked for Ketchum Public Relations Worldwide (in Atlanta), serving clients that included the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, MCI Business Markets and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Air Protection Branch.
Michael is a 2009 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, a leadership program designed to prepare metro Atlanta's leaders for the specific challenges facing the region. In 2006, he was selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 40 "Up and Comers" Under 40.
Michael holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's in public administration from Georgia State University. He is a member of the EarthShare of Georgia Board of Directors.