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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Mar 18, 2020

Mandy Mahoney has served as president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) since March 2013. Prior to that, she served as the organization’s Vice President of Policy and Operations.

Prior to joining SEEA in 2011, Mandy served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta under Mayors Reed and Franklin. She holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University.

Selected to Georgia Trend’s 2016 “40 under 40” list and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 “40 under 40” list, Mandy is also a graduate of LEAD Atlanta 2010; the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010; and the 2011 American Council of Germany’s Young Leaders Program. She serves on the boards of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Southeast Wind Coalition, and the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA). She and her husband Sean are the proud parents of Paul.


Show Highlights

  • Learn why some current laws aren’t good enough in clean energy and climate change
  • Mandy shares her green project highlights, as the first Director of Sustainability in Atlanta, that impacted the culture and policy
  • Why you need to be risk seeking in terms of finding new opportunities to address sustainability
  • Mandy explains what information to provide departments to empower, understand, and address climate change 
  • How Mandy upgrades existing infrastructure to have a resilient economic base and healthier population
  • Essential resources that go beyond base level energy codes and predictions with net zero buildings and storm hardening
  • Mandy cautions listeners that your success will be short lived if you don’t bring together these two sides for durable gains


“It's okay to want to be happy. Like it's okay to want to follow something that really gives you joy. Working in this field can be a slog and you need to follow something that sparks your interest every day that you want to learn about when you're tired, an event you want to go to just because it's fun and I think that that can serve you very well in this field.”

-Mandy Mahoney


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