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Sustainability in Action Roundtable: From Competition to Collaboration: Balancing the Natural, Social and Built Environments in a Regenerative Economy

March 05, 2021

11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST


Since the late 1800s Western countries have increasingly adopted linear economy models to sustain themselves; taking materials from the earth, making goods and products, using those goods and products, and finally disposing of them to consume the next generation of goods and products. Prices were inexpensive because materials and labor were cheap, extraction was easy, and industrialization made mass production possible. After two hundred years the bill has come due. Natural resources are depleted and threatened, including those that sustain life. Generations of goods and products, and their manufactures, have created solid waste problems and environmental pollution. The linear economy has exploited impoverished and vulnerable people and communities around the globe, exacerbating systemic oppression, disenfranchisement, and inequity. Humanity is facing a ticking clock with climate change. What if Southface told you there’s a way to beat the clock, create a healthy economy, and eliminate inequity?

Join us March 5th to learn more about the regenerative economy and how it creates value while simultaneously lifting all people and communities and enhancing natural systems—increasing social, economic and environmental potential without prioritizing one outcome over the other. The discussion will be led by Bill Reed of Regenesis, along with several panelists sharing different components of a regenerative economy.


Bill Reed
Principal, Regenesis Group
President, Integrative Design Collaborative


Heather Benham
Executive Director, Athens Land Trust

Nick Deffley
Sustainability Director, City of Savannah

Carol Hunter
Executive Director, Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

Ken LaRoe
Founder and CEO, Climate First Bank


March 5
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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