American Spirit Works // Atlanta, Georgia // September 25, 2015

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of our Blueprints for Successful Communities program, the Georgia Conservancy is excited to announce that we will honor the Georgia Tech College of Architecture as our 2015 Distinguished Conservationist at ecoBenefête on September 25. ecoBenefête, the Georgia Conservancy’s annual gala, recognizes an individual or institution that has gone above and beyond their peers in advancing conservation or sustainability in Georgia.

  • WHEN: September 25, 2015  //  6 PM - 9 PM
  • WHERE: American Spirit Works //  199 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta, GA
  • TICKETS: $250 General  //  $235 Georgia Conservancy members  //  $200 Georgia Conservancy Cambium Members

    *Tickets include an invitation to ecoBenefete: Under the Stars, our afterparty hosted from 9:00 p.m. to midnight at the SweetWater Brewing Company, conveniently located adjacent to American Spirit Works and featuring live music from Atlanta’s neo-soul all-stars: All the Locals.

ecoBenefête Run of Show:

6 PM - Silent Auction, Hands-On "Visioning" Activities with the Georgia Conservancy's Sustainable Growth Team, and Signature Craft Cocktail Hour presented by American Spirit Works featuring SweetWater Brewing Company beer and Sweet Grass Dairy cheese

7 PM - A Toast to Georgia Tech Professors Richard Dagenhart, Michael Dobbins and Randal Roark

7:30 PM - Locally-Sourced Dinner Curated by Affairs to Remember

9 PMecoBenefête "Under the Stars" After-Party at Sweetwater Brewing Company featuring music by All The Locals.

Georgia Tech has been at the forefront of efforts to promote sustainability in the fields of community planning and urban design through their partnership with the Georgia Conservancy’s Blueprints for Successful Communities planning and research program. From crafting a sustainable future growth model for Moreland, a small Georgia town of 400 people, to tackling the arresting threat of sea level rise on Georgia’s coast through multi-year research and design studios, the Georgia Tech College of Architecture is helping shape a more sustainable Georgia. The College's world-class professors and nearly 300 of its students have worked alongside the Georgia Conservancy on thirty-three Georgia-focused Blueprints projects over 18 years. As Blueprints celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is fitting that we honor the Georgia Tech College of Architecture with the Distinguished Conservationist Award for their indispensable support in developing comprehensive and successful sustainable growth plans for communities large and small across Georgia.

Past recipients of the Distinguished Conservationist award include: The City of Columbus, Will Harris III, Ben Slade, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, E. Cody Laird Jr., Jim Kennedy, Emory University, Ray Weeks, Atlantic Station, Clay Long, Charles Brewer, Laura & Rutherford Seydel, Garden Club of Georgia, James Mackay, Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Horizon section, Governor Zell Miller, Senator Sam Nunn, Ray Anderson, Chuck Leavell, Ted Turner, and Eugene Odum.

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In 2014 at ecoBenefête: A River Return, the Georgia Conservancy honored the City of Columbus and celebrated all of those who played a role in recapturing the natural beauty and splendor of the Chattahoochee River as it runs through downtown Columbus. 

Click here to see photos and learn more about
ecoBenefête 2014.