White-Spunner Construction was proud to help sponsor the 2015 Green Coast Council Sustainability Summit held on Friday, January 30 at the University of South Alabama. The Summit included several presentations about sustainability trends, current efforts here on the Gulf Coast and goals for the future, as well as panel discussions and a tour of the University's College of Engineering.
The Executive Director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, Eliska Morgan, was the speaker for the opening session and provided updates about the Gulf Coast oil spill recovery efforts and funding. Other sessions in this year's Summit included:
- The Living Building Challenge: Creating Projects that Operate as Cleanly, Beautifully and Efficiently as Nature's Architecture; presented by Rebecca Bryant, co-founder of WATERSHED
- So Right, So Smart: Making the Business Case for Sustainability; Film presented by Chris Williams, Green Coast Council Vice-Chair
- Building Stronger, More Resilient Homes and Communities, FORTIFIED Home and Local Code Updates; presented by Alex Cary, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
- Implementing Sustainable Business Practices Case Studies; presented by Joe McEnerney, Alabama Coastal Foundation Coastal Relations Coordinator
Summit attendees were treated to lunch, which also served as ACF's Annual Meeting, and enjoyed a presentation from keynote speaker Mona Amodeo, founder and president of idgroup. After lunch, a panel discussion was held on the role of engineering in the future of sustainability. Dr. John Steadman, Dean of USA's College of Engineering, moderated the discussion, and panelists included Dr. John Valentine with Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Michael McHugh with AlabamaSAVES, Dr. Bret Webb with the University of South Alabama and Denise King with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.
Other sponsors for the Sustainability Summit included Partners for Environmental Progress, Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Thompson Engineering, the University of South Alabama, U.S. Green Building Council's Alabama Chapter, World Omni Financial Corporation and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program.