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Stephanie Stuckey joins Southface as director of sustainability services

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Stephanie Stuckey (in white) helps cut the ribbon on the Proctor Creek Greenway. Stuckey, as Atlanta's chief resilience officer, oversaw construction of the first three miles of the trail. Credit: Kelly Jordan

By David Pendered

Stephanie Stuckey has joined the staff of Southface, the veteran Atlanta non-profit organization that promotes sustainability of homes, workplaces and communities. Stuckey will take the position of director of sustainability services, following her departure in May from her position as the City of Atlanta’s chief resilience officer.

Stephanie Stuckey

Stephanie Stuckey

The purpose of the new position is to leverage Southface’s existing programs to provide sustainability strategy, consulting and project management across Southface’s clients.

Southface releasted a statement Tuesday that provided this description of Stuckey’s responsibilities:

  • “This position is an expansion of Southface’s organizational and corporate sustainability efforts to leverage existing and new Southface programs while providing sustainability strategy, consulting and project management services across city, municipal and NGO clients.”

An aspect of Southface’s array of services that could benefit from the legislative experience Stuckey gained during her seven terms of elected service in the Georgia House of Representatives, and in governance, is its multiple efforts to shape public policy. According to Southface’s 2016 tax return, posted by guidestar.org, Southface is:

  • “[A]ctively engaged in helping shape policy at the federal, state and local levels. Southface representatives have served on numerous business, foundation, non-profit and government advisory committees and the organization is often consulted by private industry and professional associations connected to the energy and water sectors as well as the building industry.”

Stuckey said in a statement released by Southface Tuesday afternoon that she is, “excited to be joining the Southface team.

“I have long supported their nationally recognized efforts to innovate sustainable building and urban community best practices.,” Stuckey said. “My own work has been focused on creating victories in environmental resilience and social equity, and I am thrilled to join forces with the Southface powerhouse.”

Southface President Andrea Pinabell characterized Stuckey as bringing a unique set of skills to the organization.

proctor creek greenway

Stephanie Stuckey (in white) helps cut the ribbon on the Proctor Creek Greenway. Stuckey, as Atlanta’s chief resilience officer, oversaw construction of the first three miles of the trail. Credit: Kelly Jordan

“We are thrilled to bring Stephanie into the Southface family,” Pinabell said in the statement. “From her work in implementing the Resilient Atlanta strategy to her 14 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, her career has been built on forging sustainable and equitable opportunities at the city and state level. Stephanie brings remarkable experience, energy and vision to this role.”

Stuckey served most recently as chief resilience officer in the Atlanta mayor’s Office of Resilience. Stuckey left the Atlanta administration in May to work for Bloomberg Philanthropies on their American Cities Climate Challenge.

Stuckey joined the administration of then Mayor Kasim Reed in April 2015. She came to the administration from Green Law, a Georgia-based non-profit law firm that serves environmental and community organizations that have been adversely impacted by pollution, according to Green Law’s mission statement.

The statement from Southface provided this description of Stuckey’s duties with the city:

  • “As the CRO, she served as the liaison for the City of Atlanta to the Rockefeller Foundation for the 100 Resilient Cities program.
  • “She also implemented construction of the first three miles of the Proctor Creek Greenway trail; completed the Clean Energy Atlanta plan (100 percent clean energy for City of Atlanta operations by 2025); helped secure a $12-plus million bond to finance green infrastructure projects in the Proctor Creek Watershed; created the City’s electric vehicle program, including passage of the nation’s most comprehensive electric vehicle ordinance; founded Atlanta’s Urban Agriculture program, along with the nation’s largest urban food forest; and established the South’s largest municipal solar program and energy efficiency performance contract.”


David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.


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