The Nature Conservancy Celebrates Earth Day “On Top of the World” – On the Roof of Ponce City Market
Atlanta | April 22, 2016
On April 22, 2016, The Nature Conservancy celebrated Earth Day in Georgia by bringing together sustainability leaders of Atlanta-based companies and conservation philanthropists for its springtime event. Held on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, the event, themed “On Top of the World,” benefited conservation efforts to protect the Georgia’s forests, waters and coast.
Attendees enjoyed a sustainable, Georgia-based menu by Epting Events and a performance by local band Yacht Rock Schooner. The event drew more than 325 guests including environmental community leaders. The patron party before the event, hosted by long-time Conservancy supporters Jen and Marty Flanagan, featured food and beverages from Ponce City Market vendors.
“The Nature Conservancy protects treasured greenspaces, transforms how corporations and governments value and use natural resources, and inspires the people of Georgia to be a part of our work to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends,” said Deron Davis, executive director for the Conservancy in Georgia. From Sweetwater Creek State Park in metro Atlanta to longleaf pine forests in south Georgia, the Conservancy has protected more than 328,000 acres across the state, improved the health of vital rivers like the Altamaha on the coast and the Conasauga in the mountains and planned for the health of the Atlantic Ocean.
Board member Humberto García-Sjögrim, vice president of Hispanic Strategies at The Coca-Cola Co., said the Conservancy is also launching conservation programs in multiple cities around the world, including Atlanta. “I am inspired by the Conservancy’s long commitment across Georgia and beyond, but this new work in urban areas, driven by science and designed to bring natural solutions to rapidly growing cities, is particularly exciting to me.”
Since the Conservancy’s first Earth Day fundraiser in Atlanta in 1994, the event has raised millions of dollars to support conservation. Presenting sponsors for the 2016 event included The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises and Georgia-Pacific.
Additional support was provided by AGL Resources, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Power, Holder Construction, Perkins+Will, UPS and WestRock.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.