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RCE Greater Atlanta connects to local sustainability community at Ray Day


Volunteers Claire Horn and Suzanne Haerther talk about the RCE Greater Atlanta with a visitor at Ray Day.
Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography

On a warm fall afternoon, in the middle of a field south of Atlanta, families and friends came together to celebrate and learn about sustainability in our region. A festival called Ray Day returned this year on October 16, after a pandemic-induced hiatus, to bring together, entertain, and educate our community about green innovations and sustainable living. The festival is organized by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation to honor its namesake, a man who was a pioneer in sustainable business with his company Interface, Inc. The event offered a festive atmosphere where sustainable food trucks shared their tasty wares, children went on pony rides, and nonprofits and businesses that focus on sustainable living showcased what they do.

RCE Greater Atlanta was excited to participate in Ray Day 2022 as an exhibitor. A poster of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stood by the table on which people were asked to contribute their thoughts on potential partnerships for the RCE, their personal connection to a particular goal, or even drawings (mostly from our youngest visitors). Thanks to our volunteers who took turns speaking to the crowd at Ray Day including Jay Bassett, Charlotte King, Suzanne Haerther, Claire Horn, Nancy Larson and Kayti Ducheine.

Claire Horn, Marketing and Communications Lead for the RCE said, “It was a great chance to reach out to people about the SDGs and find out what they’re interested in with regards to sustainable development in our region. I found myself describing our network as a wonderful connecter creating chances to collaborate among many of the other organizations and businesses that represented themselves alongside us at the event.”

We look forward to attending next year’s event!