Environmental Project Advisory Committee - (SAC)
What is the SAC?
Section VIII.C of the Consent
Decree establishes a ten member Supplemental Environmental
Project (SEP) Advisory Committee (SAC) for purposes
of (1) reviewing submissions of the Greenway Consultant; (2) providing
advice and making recommendations regarding the development, management,
and implementation of the Greenway Acquisition Project; and (3)
providing advice and making recommendations regarding suggestions
from minority neighborhood groups with particular emphasis being
placed on input from minority communities adjacent to the Designated
Streams and streams affected by combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges.
The Consent Decree provided for the SAC to be composed of representatives
from the citizen plaintiffs, the Georgia Environmental Protection
Division (EPD), Fulton County, and from mayoral appointments. On
September 14, 1998, the City of Atlanta appointed a SAC to provide
advice to the City of Atlanta regarding the development, management,
and implementation of the Greenway Acquisition Project. Table A
presents a list of the current SAC members. Table B presents the
terms each are appointed to serve, as indicated by the Consent Decree.
|Table-B: SAC MEMBER TERM LIMITS|
||EXPIRATION DATE (EACH SEPTEMBER)|
| || ||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006|
|Riverkeeper||4 years|| || || ||x|| || || ||x|
|Riverkeeper||4 years|| || || ||x|| || || ||x|
|Fulton County||4 years|| || || ||x|| || || ||x|
|EPD||4 years|| || || ||x|| || || ||x|
|Mayor||3 years|| || ||x|| || ||x|| || |
|Mayor||2 years|| ||x|| ||x|| ||x|| ||x|
||3 years|| || ||x|| || ||x|| || |
||2 years|| ||x|| ||x|| ||x|| ||x|
The History of SAC
Section VIII.D.2.b(iv) of the Consent Decree requires that
the City of Atlanta's Greenway Acquisition Project "promote
and coordinate the full participation of the SAC and the public
in the development, management, and implementation of the Greenway
" In addition, Section VIII.D.2.j(viii)
of the Consent Decree requires that the Greenway Acquisition Plan
provide for "public participation processes that involve the
SAC and include minority outreach in the development, implementation,
and management of the Greenway Acquisition Project
order to meet these requirements, a Public Participation Process,
including the SAC, was developed and implemented during the Inventory
Phase and Planning Phase of the City of Atlanta Greenway Acquisition
Project. The Public Participation Process included presentations
during community meetings, public workshops, preparation and distribution
to the public of project-related literature, project website creation
and updates, and coverage of the Greenway Acquisition Project in
newspaper articles. SAC continues to provide input during the Implementation
Phase of the Greenway Acquisition Project, which will be on-going
through March, 2007.
During Greenway Acquisition Plan development, quarterly SAC meetings
were held from September 22, 1998-September 8, 2000, as required
by the Consent Decree (Section VIII.D.2.d). Greenway Acquisition
Plan development included three phases: The Inventory Phase, the
Assessment Phase, and the Planning Phase. During the Inventory Phase,
the SAC created two subcommittees: the Greenway Acquisition Subcommittee
(GAS), and the Environmental Justice Subcommittee (EJS). Both the
GAS and the EJS assisted the SAC in the greenway planning process
by reviewing submittals of the greenway consultants and by assisting
in the organization and advertisement of public workshops.
Greenway Acquisition Subcommittee (GAS)
The Greenway Acquisition Subcommittee (GAS) was made up of
SAC and project team members and chaired by Harvey Young, EPD. The
subcommittee contributed to the development of criteria used to rank
properties, identified neighborhoods to target for the public outreach
effort, and reviewed and provided input on materials developed by
the City and project team for public dissemination. Members of the
GAS also attended public informational meetings to represent the SAC,
explain their role, and solicit input from communities. The GAS met
regularly from February 19, 1999-July 10, 2000, and reported to the
full SAC at quarterly SAC meetings.
Environmental Justice Subcommitee (EJS)
The Consent Decree states that, in the process of developing a list
of potential acquisitions, "
particular emphasis should
be placed on input from minority communities adjacent to the Designated
Streams and other streams affected by the discharges
from the City's CSO control facilities. An Environmental Justice
Subcommittee (EJS) was formed, chaired by Eric Wilson, and included
both SAC members and citizens. The subcommittee identified low-income
and minority neighborhoods within the vicinity of the Designated
Streams, prepared a presentation to inform these communities about
the project, suggested ways of participating in the project, and
collaborated with the Greenway Acquisition Subcommittee (GAS) in
reviewing and commenting on the criteria used to rank properties.
EJS met regularly from March 3, 1999-March 8, 2000 and reported
to the full SAC at quarterly SAC meetings.
The SAC was presented with an Inventory Phase Summary on May 17,
1999 and an Assessment Phase Summary on November 19, 1999, for review
and comment. These documents were created to summarize the Greenway
Acquisition Project activities conducted within the respective greenway
planning phases (these documents are not EPA deliverables required
by the Consent Decree). On June 16, 2000, the SAC was presented
with a Preliminary Draft Greenway Plan for review and comment, as
required by the Consent Decree (Section VIII.D.2.e).
SAC Role during the Implementation Phase
The Implementation Phase began on April 2001, and will continue
through March, 2007. Throughout the Implementation Phase, SAC will
meet quarterly, provide advice, and make recommendations to the
City in the following areas:
- Solicitation of property and easement donations.
- Identification of properties for sale within priority segments.
- Requests made to the City for approval to operate heavy equipment
in surface waters or wetland areas and alteration of stream flow.
- Minority outreach and involvement.
- Public participation and education.
- Promotion of the Greenway Acquisition Project.
- Identification of restoration project opportunities.
- Assessment of environmental and public health benefits associated
with the implementation of the Greenway System.
Current SAC Member Biographies
Ms. Marcia Bansley <<
Ms. Bansley was recently appointed as the SAC Chair by the Mayor
of the City of Atlanta for a 3-year term. She is currently the Executive
Director of Trees Atlanta, a position she has held for 18 years.
Ms. Bansley has been actively involved in the conservation movement
in various capacities for twenty-four years. She is an attorney
and her professional background includes serving as a law clerk
to the Regional Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency.
She has been honored with several awards including the National
Arbor Day Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Stafford Award,
and Georgia's Environmental Women of Action Award. Ms. Bansley assisted
in the creation of a new 2-acre park at the Martin Luther King Jr.
National Historic Site, the preservation of a 31-acre City natural
area, and has been involved in numerous other successful land preservation
Ms. Sally Bethea << Back
Ms. Bethea was appointed by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
for a 4-year term. She is the founding Executive Director of the
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She has served in this role since
the creation of the organization in 1994. Ms. Bethea also has over
twenty years of experience working with environmental issues, including
employment with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National
Park Service, and the Georgia Conservancy. Her educational background
includes city planning. She has been the recipient of numerous awards,
including the Water Conservationist of the Year Award and the Special
Achievement Award from the Georgia Environmental Council.
Mr. Rex Boner << Back
Mr. Boner was appointed by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for
a 4-year term. He is the Vice President and the Southeast Representative
of The Conservation Fund and has served in this capacity since 1988.
His educational background includes biology and ecology. He has
been honored with several awards, including the Georgia Environmental
Council Special Achievement Award and the Georgia Wildlife Federation
Special Conservation Award for Building Partnerships. Some of Mr.
Boner's land preservation accomplishments include the protection
of Connally Park in East Point and the protection of over 1000 acres
in the Arabia Mountain - Panola Mountain area.
Dr. James E. Fason, Ph.D. << Back
Dr. Fason was appointed by Fulton County for a 4-year term. He is
the Deputy Director for the Fulton County Department of Environment
and Community Development and has served in this position since
1997. His educational background includes biology, environmental
science, and resource development. Dr. Fason has worked to improve
the quality of life of Fulton County's citizens by promoting the
protection of the environment, strict code enforcement compliance,
and the development of policy. His dedication the protection of
the environment earned him two Fellowships from the Environmental
Ms. Buszeda Hudson << Back
Ms. Hudson is newly appointed to the SAC by the Mayor of the City
of Atlanta for a 1-year term. Ms. Hudson most recently served as
a supervisor for SouthTrust Bank. She has been involved in the banking
industry for over twenty years. Her educational background includes
Ms. Gloria Martin << Back
Ms. Martin was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Atlanta for
a 2-year term. Ms. Martin has served in various management positions
for the Internal Revenue Service. She is active in her community
and has specifically focused on the preservation and restoration
of the South River. She is a community volunteer and has held an
office in her Neighborhood Planning Unit. Ms. Martin is also active
in the South River Gardens community organization.
Ms. Clair Muller <<
Councilperson Muller was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Atlanta
for a 1-year term. She is the Council Representative for District
8 in the City of Atlanta. She has served on the Atlanta City Council
for 13 years and currently holds the position of Chair of the City
Utilities Committee and Chair of the Atlanta/Fulton County Water
Resources Commission. Councilperson Muller has also served on the
Advisory Board of the Georgia Water Campaign. She is also an active
member of the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Georgia Municipal
Association (GMA). Within the GMA she serves on the Environment
and Natural Resources Committee.
Ms. Rosie Pettigrew << Back
Ms. Pettigrew is newly appointed to the SAC by the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta for a 2-year term. She is employed by Lucent Technologies
as a Program Manager. Ms. Pettigrew's professional experience includes
over 25 years of diversified corporate experience. Her educational
background includes human resources and management. She has received
numerous awards for achievement and leadership within the telecommunications
Ms. Cleta Winslow << Back
Councilperson Winslow was appointed by the Mayor of the City of
Atlanta for a 3-year term. She is a Council Representative for District
4 in the City of Atlanta. Councilperson Winslow has played a key
role in the revitalization of the West End neighborhood. She is
also a former City employee, having served as a Human Service Planner
and as the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) Coordinator in the City
of Atlanta Bureau of Planning. Councilperson Winslow has also served
as the president of the West End Neighborhood Organization. Her
educational background includes a degree in social work.
Mr. Harvey Young << Back
Mr. Young was appointed by the EPD for a 4-year term. He is the
Coordinator of the Georgia Greenspace Program for the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources and has served in this position since 1999.
He has been employed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
since 1972 and has held various other positions within the Department
including, Coordinator for the RiverCare 2000 Program and Coordinator
for the Preservation 2000 Program. He also developed the Georgia
Heritage Trust Program. Mr. Young's educational background includes
humanities and chemistry, with degrees in the French and German
languages, as well as a business degree with concentration in information
Original SAC Members
|Linda Jordan (Chair)||City of Atlanta-Mayor|
|Eric Wilson||City of Atlanta-Mayor|
|Michael Weaver||City of Atlanta-Mayor|
|Gloria Martin||City of Atlanta-City Council|
|Council Woman Clair Muller||City of Atlanta-City Council|
|Council Woman Cleta Winslow||City of Atlanta-City Council|
|Dr. James Fason||Fulton County
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