2013 End of the Year Letter

 
Ogeechee Riverkeeper is awarded $2.5 million to help clean up the river after the worst fish kill in Georgia history. Georgia Power includes over 800 MW of renewable energy as part of its portfolio - including more solar and, for the first time, wind power. Fulton County becomes the first county in our nation to consider environmental justice impacts for new polluting businesses. Jekyll Island is working on significant protections to prevent overdevelopment.
 

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These are just a few of the almost inconceivable opportunities for environmental protection in Georgia over the past year. Yet throughout our great state, there are still powerful political and industry interests with significant dollars behind their work ignoring our unique natural places and communities. Fortunately, GreenLaw works on behalf of Georgia's environment and the people's voice as your nonprofit law firm.

 
But, we don't work alone. With groups like the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club, the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and communities like the Bolton Road Community Association and the Washington County NAACP, our combined expertise and dedication ensure the environment has a seat at the table with industry and government.

 
What We Accomplished with Your Help in 2013
 
Ogeechee_Landing GreenLaw and Stack & Associates represented the Ogeechee Riverkeeper in a Clean Water Act case against a textile plant after a May 2011 fish kill on the river.  The case settled for $2.5 million in October, which will enable the river protection group to clean up and monitor the river. The settlement also resulted in a stricter discharge permit and $2.5 million in wastewater treatment upgrades.  
 
wind energy child This past year Georgia also made unprecedented strides toward cleaner air. Thanks to a group effort including GreenLaw, Georgia's Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power's plan to close 15 coal and oil units across the state and add 525 MW of solar generation to Georgia Power's portfolio.  In addition, Georgia Power has announced plans to add 250 MW of wind power to our state's energy mix, which is currently pending before the Georgia Public Service Commission.
 
In partnership with government agencies, community organizations, and grassroots stakeholders, GreenLaw formed Georgia's first ever Environmental Justice Alliance.  This collaboration offers a forum for sharing perspectives, resources, and solutions for communities disproportionately affected by pollution.
 
Additionally, GreenLaw partnered with the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island to ensure that the master planning process includes critical protections against overdeveloping the island and preserving its precious natural resources for many generations to come.
 
If each organization representing a single aspect of the environmental challenges facing our state pursued the work alone, our impact would be limited. Because GreenLaw understands the power of many voices together, we continuously look for new ways to represent other environmental organizations, affected communities and individuals to protect the beautiful natural places in our state.
 
This year we're asking for your financial support to continue making sure Georgia's citizens have a voice. On our own, environmental organizations can feel outmanned by the forces on the other side. But by combining our knowledge, talent and resources along with your support, GreenLaw can continue enforcing the environmental policies that create a thriving Georgia where people want to live, work and play.

Very Truly Yours,



Stephanie Stuckey Benfield
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Albert S. Anderson, Attorney at Law
David A. Bain 
Law Offices of David A. Bain 
Theodora C. Beck 
Clements & Sweet, LLP 
Ken Henson, Jr.,
Attorney at Law 
Nicole G. Iannarone 
Georgia State University  
College of Law 
Deborah A. Jackson 
Mayor, City of Lithonia 
Jennifer Auer Jordan,  
Bird Law Group 
S. Kelly Jordan 
Michael Kramer,  
Buckley & Klein, LLP 
Stephen T. LaBriola 
Fellows LaBriola LLP 
Leigh Martin May 
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer 
Gregory T. Presmanes 
Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC 
Brian Wellington, Ph.D. 
NewFields 
Robert G. Wellon, Attorney at Law 
David Worley 
Harris Penn Lowry, LLP 
BOARD OF ADVISORS
John C. Bell, Jr., Bell & Brigham 
Anne Emanuel 
Georgia State University  
College of Law 
James R. Henderson, P.E., 
truGround 
Paul V. Kilpatrick, Jr. 
Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick,  
Morrison & Norwood 
Charles T. Lester, Jr., Sutherland 
Joshua D. Marks 
Davis, Pickren & Seydel 
Sheryl McCalla, Attorney at Law 
Bobbie Paul 
Barbara Pyle,  
Environmental Filmmaker 
John Sweet, Clements & Sweet 
David F. Walbert 
Parks, Chesin & Walbert 
Joan C. Walker 
Reeves & Associates Consulting
STAFF
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield
Executive Director
Hutton Brown
Water Law Attorney
Steve Caley
Land Use/Coastal Attorney
Ashten Bailey
Air/Energy Attorney
MaKara Rumley
Environmental Justice Attorney
Scott Sykes
Office Manager