On September 27 and 28, 2017, six Upper School science teachers (Susan Wingate, Ethan Greenberg, Katie Vernon, Jennifer Reynolds, Jennifer Blake, and Jim Crowley) and three seniors (Jamil Atkinson, Will Abdallah, and Mimi Norton) attended the Climate Change Conference sponsored by the Chattahoochee River Keeper. In addition to the current Lovett faculty and students, three Lovett alumni were in attendance as well, John R Seydel, Alexandra Horst, and Kelly O’Day Weisinger. Each of these alumni are currently working in a career tied to sustainability and each attributed their career choice to their time at Lovett.
The two-day conference focused on the problems and solutions associated with climate change and attracted panelists and speakers from across the metro-Atlanta area and the United States. Topics for discussion included: Changing Climate Conditions in the Chattahoochee River, Climate Equity & Our Moral Imperative to Act, Innovation and Resilient Infrastructure for Managing Risk, and Stormwater Solutions and Green Infrastructure. Both the faculty and students learned about applications of green technology around the southeast and all are recommitted to the sustainability initiative at Lovett.
Ethan Greenberg said, “A friend of mine who teaches chemistry at Georgia State was amazed to see high school teachers at the conference and was blown out of the water that we had students attending with us.” Lovett was the only K-12 school present at the Climate Change conference, which seemed to give other attendees and panelists hope about the future.