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Student Awards

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From left to right: Cassidy Hettesheimer, Sarah Belcher, Kendal Reeves, Cameron Hand,
Farida Igbadume, and Ryan Palmer

Poster Awards

Health, education, & equity 

  • Brooke LappePollen and Asthma Morbidity in Atlanta: A 26-Year Time Series Study


Transportation, energy, & infrastructure

  • Haley Selsor Tybee Island Coastal Marsh and Community Resilience Adaptation Plan


Ecosystems & coast

  • Ryan PalmerGeospatial Techniques and Analysis for monitoring the Restoration of Climate-Resilient Longleaf Pine Ecosystems on the Georgia Coast


Capstone projects

  • Farida Igbadume, Cameron Hand, & Kendal Reeves - Athens-Clarke County Resilience Hub Project

The World I'm In: Student Art Contest Winners

1st Place Photography

Land Lost

Sarah Belcher


Wassaw Island

Climate change causes sea levels to rise and more frequent and intensive storms leading to coastal erosion. On Georgia’s barrier islands trees are being washed into the sea due to the loss of land and in the salt marsh hammocks trees are dying from saltwater intrusion. Rising sea levels endanger the coastal forest which provide habitat for many animal species, create storm protection to inland areas, and store carbon.

Climate change has impacted me and others in Georgia by causing more intensive storms that in turn causes flooding, storm surge, and habitat destruction. I have watched trees die in flooding events that become washed away by the overfilled rivers, like the rivers are trying to hide the evidence on the changing forest.

1st Place 2-D Art

The Animals Our Kids Will Never See

Becca Locke


Oil paint on panel

My experience with climate change in Georgia is that I have to go to the Atlanta Zoo to get a sanitized snippet of environments and the creatures that thrive in them. In reality, I live in Georgia where I am removed from the making of the materials I consume every day. I am separated from where the natural materials that are harvested from a biome to make the single use straws and plastic bags I consume. I am in Georgia, so I am removed from the ocean where my single use materials get littered into, suffocating the animals I claim to love behind clean glass. This piece is based off an article I read that listed one hundred animals our kids will not grow up with. Due to climate change, even the preserved animals at the Atlanta Zoo will eventually die out, and our children will only get to experience these animals as toys, made from the same plastic that decimated them. They will be as extinct to our children as the dinosaurs are to our current world.

1st Place 3-D Art

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Raku Coral Masks

Nina Samuels


Ceramics and glaze

Coral reefs might not be the first thing you think of when you think of Georgia’s oceans, but they have always been important to me. I have always been inspired by such a beautiful ecosystem that many people don’t know about. I have been making art relating to coral reef bleaching for years to share this environmental issue with others. As the earth’s temperatures rise, coral reefs are threatened and because this coral is hidden underwater, many people don’t know or don’t care. With my work, I chose to highlight the damage done to our own reefs to educate and intrigue my viewers.

Student Photo Contest

Winner received a Canon R5 Camera Kit donated by Canon


Cassidy Hettesheimer

Instagram: @cassidyhphotos



Participants collaborate when brainstorming about Georgia infrastructure in 2080 in the Infrastructures Future Visioning session on Tuesday afternoon. (2/2)

When I think of climate and connection, I think of climate and collaboration. One type of infrastructure isn’t going to solve the climate crisis alone. Not just water or transport or energy— it will have to be multiple sectors, connected and supporting one another. This collaboration will require connections between individuals— connections like those formed in sessions like these. We have to trust one another, trust their expertise, trust their visions and the value of their world, and our world. That requires deep, impactful connections.

#canonclimate #2023gcc

Conference Photos

Monday, May 15
(Photos by Mark E. Johnson)

Tuesday, May 16
(Photos by Mark E. Johnson)

Wednesday, May 17
(Photos by Mark E. Johnson)

Session Artwork
(All panels developed by Matt Sullivan from Studio Groundworks)