Air, Earth and Water all honored at the 2016 Environmental Heroes Celebration, hosted by GreenLaw Bobby Lee Cook, Nan & Britt Pendergrast, and Mindy Goldstein to be honored.

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GreenLaw is hosting its annual Environmental Heroes Celebration on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The event will be held at Nelson Mullins at 201 17th Street in Atlantic Station, on the top floor with stunning views of downtown. GreenLaw is a 501(c)3 public interest, environmental law firm providing free high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental and community organizations throughout Georgia.

“This year’s honorees have helped Georgia’s environment by promoting clean air, clean water and the beauty of Georgia’s land,” said GreenLaw’s new executive director, David M. Paule. “I am personally very proud, and more than a little intimidated, to be honoring such an impressive slate at my first Environmental Heroes Celebration.”

Honorees this year are:

Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law

Clinical Professor of Law Mindy Goldstein. Professor Goldstein serves as director of the Turner

Environmental Law Clinic and interim director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Emory Law School. Her work focuses on matters related to sustainable energy and climate change, land use and conservation, sustainable agriculture and urban farming, protection of natural resources, and access to information. She has successfully litigated cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and various district courts, and she has testified before several federal agencies. Her representations have been covered extensively by the media, including National Public Radio, The Economist, and The New York Times.

Environmental Heroes

Georgia environmentalists Nan and Britt Pendergrast.

Mr. Pendergrast is a noted wildlife expert who served in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as the Program Manager of then-Governor Jimmy Carter's Georgia Heritage Trust Program which preserved many of our well-known wildlife and wilderness areas. Mrs. Pendergrast served as a lecturer and as an occasional columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution; and together they have shared stories and photographs of two hundred and fifty native flowers of the Georgia Piedmont in their book Neighborhood Naturalist. Their lifetime of dedication to preserving some of Georgia’s most beautiful wilderness areas will serve and inspire generations of Georgians yet to come.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Georgia attorney Bobby Lee Cook.

Mr. Cook is a legendary attorney from Summerville, Georgia, in Chattooga County. He has practiced law since the late 1940s, and is known for combining a sharp legal mind with a folksy demeanor. He has represented a wide variety of clients, from rural Southerners to international businessmen and corporations. A life-long advocate of environmental justice, he has fought to ensure the rights of Georgians to clean air, water, and just representation in environmental matters.

“Each of our honorees has shaped Georgia’s future from water protection to land enhancement to solar advancement,” said David Bain, Chairman of the GreenLaw Board of Directors. “GreenLaw is proud to salute their work and accomplishments.”

About the Environmental Heroes Celebration

The Environmental Heroes Celebration is one of the environmental community’s premiere events. It recognizes members of our community who have shaped Georgia’s future through environmental activism, conservation and legal advocacy. The event includes heavy appetizers, cocktails, music, networking, a brief honoree award ceremony and a thank you gift.

The Celebration will be held on on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 6:00 Pm to 8:30 PM at Nelson Mullins at 201 17th Street in Atlantic Station, on the top floor with stunning views of downtown.

Sponsorships and tickets for the event may be purchased at Tickets are $150 for individuals and $250 for couples.


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About GreenLaw

As a 501(c)(3) law firm, GreenLaw advocates to preserve Georgia’s unique natural places and enforces compliance with environmental law through the court system. GreenLaw was founded in 1992 by attorneys, law professors, and judges committed to providing community groups in Georgia with the legal and technical tools needed to protect their environment and public health. For more information, please visit