The Georgia Conservancy is a statewide, member-supported environmental organization. Our work for clean air and water, land conservation, coastal protection and sustainable growth recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.
Our Mission: To protect Georgia's natural resources for present and future generations by advocating sound environmental policies, advancing sustainable growth practices and facilitating common-ground solutions to environmental challenges.
Our History: Founded in 1967, the Georgia Conservancy has a rich history of working with private citizens, business, government and academia to preserve and protect the state's natural resources. The Conservancy recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.
What we do: The Georgia Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that collaborates, advocates and educates to protect Georgia's natural environment. Called "the state's most influential environmental organization" by Georgia Trend magazine, the Georgia Conservancy focuses on environmental advocacy, land conservation, coastal protection, outdoor recreation and stewardship, growth management and water quality and supply. We conserve Georgia's land and water.
How to help: Join the Georgia Conservancy and help support our efforts to protect Georgia's natural resources. You also may volunteer your time, attend a trip or event and receive our online newsletter.
Our Vision: A Georgia where people and the environment thrive
>> Our recent success
Water conservation: The Georgia Conservancy spearheaded a successful effort to get meaningful water conservation policy approved by the state Legislature in 2010. Georgia now has the strongest, most progressive water conservation policy in the nation, including outdoor watering restrictions and a requirement that new construction include high-efficiency toilets, faucets and shower heads.
Quality Growth: Our Blueprints for Successful Communities program has recently worked with residents in northwest Atlanta, Augusta's Harrisburg community and the City of Lithonia to implement their Blueprints planning recommendations. We have also started a new a Blueprints project that focuses on the impacts that sea level rise will have on Georgia's coast. In 2012, the Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth Program partnered with the Georgia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and Mothers & Others for Clean Air to develop a training curriculum for school systems, elected officals and governments based on the EPA’s 2011 Guidelines for School Siting.
Coastal Georgia: The Georgia Conservancy continued its leadership role in the Coastal Georgia Land Conservation Initiative, an effort to preserve critical coastal lands and to promote sustainable growth patterns and development practices. The Conservancy hosted its second coastal Georgia "land summit" while project researchers mapping the coast have identified a number of rare and unusual habitats. In 2012, the Conservancy successfully lobbied for the preservation of 6,000 acre Boyles Island on the lower Altamaha River.
Land Conservation: The Georgia Conservancy has launched an effort to help landowners across the state protect their property from development. Since the beginning of 2011, we have spoken with more than 800 landowners interested in protecting more than 175,000 acres of land.
>> Our leadership
Robert Ramsay, President
Robert Ramsay was named Georgia Conservancy President after serving three and a half years as the Conservancy’s Vice President of Development. Prior to joining the Georgia Conservancy in 2011, Ramsay served for three years as Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy at the Nature Conservancy of Georgia. From 2005 through 2008, he was president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, where he and his team lobbied the United States Congress for greater protection of American rivers and streams. Robert also served on the Theodore Roosevelt Partnership’s Policy Council from 2007 to 2009. In addition to his role at the Conservancy, Ramsay is a 2013 graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), a member of the IGEL Board of Directors and a board member of EarthShare Georgia.
Allie Kelly, Senior Vice President
An Atlanta native, Allison Kelly joined the Georgia Conservancy in 2009 after founding Georgia Watch, the state's leading consumer watchdog. She served as the organization's Executive Director from 2002 to 2009. Kelly earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. After graduating, Kelly worked for United Parcel Service's Public Affairs office in Washington, D.C. In 1999, Kelly returned to Atlanta to head up an environmental project of the Rockefeller Family Fund, advocating for stricter air pollution controls and healthier air quality statewide. She has been recognized by Georgia Trend magazine as a "Notable Georgian" and serves on the boards of Georgia Watch and Georgia's WIN list.