Rudi Kiefer, Ph.D., science professor and director of
sustainability at Brenau, was elected on
May 31 to serve on the Board of Directors of EarthShare. “The nomination came as a surprise,” Kiefer
said. “But meeting the other board
members after the election, I was thrilled.
The board includes community and business leaders, as well as environmental
and legal professionals from Georgia. It’s
a great opportunity for networking and serving the cause of sustainability
during the three-year term.”
EarthShare of Georgia is a nonprofit that raises funds
through employee giving for more than 60 environmental member organizations
dedicated to conserving and protecting our air, land and water. Its vision is “working for the day when our
air, land and water are clean, abundant and healthy.” More information about the group is found at
“The first EarthShare meeting I attended was at the
Southface Building in Atlanta,” Kiefer said.
“If I understand the affiliation correctly, Southface is the environmental
associate of Home Depot. They have an
incredible setup in and around their building.
A water garden outside, an additional rooftop garden, solar electric
panels on top, waterless toilets – never heard of those before – smart air flow
climatization, and more. It was worth
the trip to Atlanta just to get a tour of that building.” Since the Bioscience Field Station in the
back of the Brenau Campus already includes a garden project, Kiefer hopes to
borrow some of the Southface ideas for collecting rainwater to make a water
garden, and start a similar installation as a teaching model at Brenau. The Field Station project, which started with
a massive cleanup in the spring semester, is scheduled to continue this fall, jointly with Profs. Jessi Shrout and Teri Nye.