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 Sponsors

Georgia Conservancy Next South Natural Partners

Next South Local Sponsors


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