Next South 2017

Sustainability Conference + Career Fair

Friday, February 24, 2017  //   8 AM - 4 PM

Georgia State University Student Center  //  Downtown Atlanta

Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy present Next South – the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility.
Featuring a full-day of speakers and panelists from Southface, Georgia Tech, Coca-Cola, City of Atlanta, University of North Carolina, Atlanta Beltline, Second Helpings Atlanta, Georgia Organics & Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. 


Registration to 2017 Next South includes a full day of speakers, panelists and networking opportunities, a day-long job fair, coffee, light-breakfast and lunch. 

Registration at the door is $45.

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The Georgia Conservancy's Approach to Sustainability
Georgia Conservancy President Robert Ramsay

9:15 - Next South Keynote

Sustainability in the South
Andrea Pinabell, President of Southface, Inc.

10 AM - Morning Presentations

Dr. Kim Cobb, Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech

PJ Newcomb, Sustainability Program Manager at Coca-Cola North America

Joe Labriola, Executive Director at Second Helpings Atlanta

Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield, Chief Resiliency Office, City of Atlanta

Stacey Issac Berahzer, UNC Environmental Finance Center


11:30 - Panel Discussion and Q&A with Morning Presenters

12:15 - LUNCH

1 PM - Group Round Table Session

2 PM - Sustainability Career Perspectives

Generation Green alumi Mandy Schmitt Mahoney of Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Sarah Dearman of the Coca-Cola Company, Emily Cumbie-Drake of Georgia Organics, and more!

3 PM - Inspirational Closing

Ryan Gravel, Founder, Designer & Urban Planner at Sixpitch and visionary of the Atlanta Beltline

3:30 PM - Career Expo

2016 Next South PhOTOS


2017 Next South Collegiate Partners

If you have any questions regarding Next South and how you and/or your organization can get involved, please email Leah Dixon at