Sustainability about to EMERGE in Birmingham

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A sustainable Birmingham

Some good news about a new innovative sustainability program in Alabama. From a Green Resource Center for Alabama news release:

This week, the Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA) announced the launch of EMERGE, a new sustainability leadership development program designed to help professionals and community advocates advance sustainability in the Birmingham area.

Applications will be accepted through November 18th.

Over the course of the six-month program, EMERGE participants will form a solid foundation of relevant knowledge and skills through various demonstrations, lectures, hands-on projects, and think tanks.

“It’s our hope that EMERGE will equip people interested in sustainability with the resources needed to create solutions for our challenges while capitalizing on our opportunities for more sustainable communities,” says GRCA Board of Directors President, Collier Craft. “We believe EMERGE will be a catalyst for inspired, knowledgeable, and connected change agents ready to champion sustainability in Birmingham for years to come.”

Leadership sessions will utilize field trips to benefit from local and regional resources and will include frequent guest visits from sustainability professionals and community leaders to offer a broad spectrum of expertise and practical perspectives. Program content will include themes such as Innovation, Technology & Education, Environment & Quality of Life, Corporate Responsibility & Leadership, and more.

EMERGE has received significant interest and support from corporate and nonprofit partners including the Alabama Power Foundation and Freshwater Land Trust.

Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., expressed his enthusiasm for the program by saying, “We need more citizens engaged in helping us move the needle on sustainability, and EMERGE will be a valuable resource for our city.”

The GRCA will host a reception at Revelator on October 19th from 5:30-7 p.m., for those interested in learning more about the EMERGE program.

For more inforamtion about the GRCA and EMERGE, visit



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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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