EPOC Atlanta


Moving Beyond conversation...

This MLK Day, the Environmental Professionals of Color – Atlanta Chapter aimed to galvanize the spirit of the holiday to spark a local dialogue on the lack of diversity in the environmental movement. The Environmental Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable convened a diverse group of environmental professionals from organizations such as Southface, Greening Forward, Georgia State University, Atlanta Daily World, The Sierra Club, Georgia River Network, GreenLaw, EarthShare of Georgia, Emerald Cities Collaborative, the Greening Youth Foundation and many more. The roundtable explored the need for greater diversity and inclusion in the environmental movement, began defining barriers to achieving greater diversity through the adoption of more inclusive practices, and pointed to practices and programs that are needed to begin the transition to a more diverse and inclusive environmental sector.

Keep in mind that this was only the beginning. It was an opportunity to join the conversation that has been had many times among colleagues in the environmental field. However, we need to move beyond conversation and begin taking action.

Please take a moment to submit a survey so that we can improve our roundtable for next year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B8WHZZG

You can also submit your feedback for individual presenters here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LVP8C9L

Thanks again for supporting the EPOC Atlanta Chapter's launch! Please download the EPOC Roundtable Resource Guide which summarizes the content of the conference, provides more information about EPOC Atlanta, our goals and programming ideas, and ways to get involved!



I cannot stress enough that EPOC Atlanta is made possible by its volunteers who generously give their time and skills to helping us achieve our vision. In order to build the movement, we must first build the team of folks that are committed to working to address this issue. Please visit our Get Involved page to learn more about how you can contribute.


Our Sponsors


Daniel Blackman is a managing partner at Social Karma. Named one of America's "Under 40" emerging environmental leaders, his spare time is spent as the Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships with the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, where he helps connect youth to environmental education.

Madeline Reamy has been Executive Director of EarthShare of Georgia since March 2006. EarthShare of Georgia is a non-profit that raises funds through employee giving programs for a network of more than 60 environmental organizations.

Garry A. Harris is the president of HTS Enterprises, a consulting firm that provides energy engineering and power generation technical services. He is also the founder and Managing Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He is also the Executive Director for the Emerald Cities Collaborative-Atlanta. 

Angelou Ezelio serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the Greening Youth Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyle choices among underserved disconnected children, youth and young adults.

Charles Orgbon III is the 18-year-old CEO and founder of Greening Forward, one of the fastest growing youth-driven environmental organizations. To date, the organization has given away more than $45,000 to support youth and environmental causes.

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