Main Tent Exhibits
Agnes Scott College Center for Sustainability – As part of our mission to live honorably, we accept the challenge of environmental stewardship, commit to education and leadership in sustainability, and seek to balance what the college takes from and returns to the world’s natural resources
Atlanta Audubon Society – Building places where birds and people thrive. Education, conservation and advocacy for bird species
Biomimicry Institute – International nonprofit that empowers people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. Using nature’s solutions as a roadmap for building design, industrial design, product design, etc. The Biomimicry Institute is one of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s key funding initiatives and they are the Foundation’s partner for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize.
Biophilic Institute – The mission of The Biophilic Institute is to improve individual and public health and well-being – and to generate sustainable and prosperous economic systems – by providing knowledge and action steps that enable communities to transform themselves. The Institute accomplishes this mission by creating programs, partnerships and experiential opportunities that advance education, research, and best practice sharing in all aspects of sustainability.
Camp Southern Ground – The mission of Camp Southern Ground is to provide extraordinary experiences for individuals to recognize and magnify the unique gifts within themselves and others to profoundly impact the world. Through their program of purpose, Patriotism, they teach campers how to honor those who fight and who have fought to protect us. When camp is not in session, the facilities are open to military organizations that help support veterans on their journey back into the workforce.
Captain Planet Foundation – Captain Planet & the Planeteers was a cartoon show produced by Ted Turner & Barbara Pyle and which aired from 1990-1996. In the show, Gaia, the spirit of the planet, assembles a team of five young “planeteers” from nations around the world, who can summon Captain Planet to help them solve ecological and other global problems “by their powers combined.” The Captain Planet Foundation was first established as a corporate foundation to support youth-led efforts inspired by the show. The organization became an independent nonprofit organization in 2001.
Chattahoochee Hills Charter School Foundation - The CHCS Foundation promotes and enhances educational excellence by providing independent funding to Chattahoochee Hills Charter School.
Chattahoochee Nature Center – The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to connect people with nature. The Center sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in North Fulton County, so the river serves as an integral part of their programming which includes summer camps, educational programs, river and trail outings and special events.
Chattahoochee NOW - The role of Chattahoochee NOW is to convene the collective imagination and coordinate the collective efforts of key stakeholders along 53 miles of the Chattahoochee River's banks, to reach the riverfront’s greatest potential, while sustaining the river’s health. Great places flow from great rivers.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – An environmental advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin.
City of Atlanta Office of Resilience – Supports the policy and programming that reflects a city in which all Atlantans have equal and equitable access to the resources, education, livable wages, and beyond-income-earning opportunities that will prepare them for success. This builds on the strengths of regional growth, diversity, and integration, while addressing key challenges that face the region.
City of Chattahoochee Hills – Serenbe, the venue for RayDay, is in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The City of Chattahoochee Hills is coming to RayDay.
Climate Reality Project - Atlanta Chapter – The Chapter’s mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. They offer online resources, local trainings, etc. There are over 17,000 Climate Reality Leaders trained through the national organization who are mobilizing communities in over 150 countries. Branches are also located in 10 critical nations and regions around the Earth. Over 80 activist chapters are pushing for practical clean energy policies across the U.S.
Conscious Capitalism Atlanta – This organization is on a mission to shift the mindset about capitalism and business to one that reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of the world, and innate potential of business to make a positive impact. They recognize that every business has a purpose that includes, but is more than, making money. By focusing on its higher purpose, a business can inspire, engage and energize its stakeholders
Earth Equity Advisors – Helps socially and environmentally responsible investors invest their capital in investments that reflects their values
EarthShareGeorgia - connects people to trusted non-profits dedicated to conserving and protecting our air, land and water. EarthShare Georgia provides year-round employee engagement opportunities to volunteer, learn and donate to help support a more sustainable Georgia.
EcoProducts understands the connection between the health of the planet and the impacts of disposable packaging. Every day they work to advance Zero Waste systems, and help their customers be better stewards of the environment. EcoProducts provides sustainable disposables, such as plates, serving utensils, cups and napkins. RayDay is a zero food waste event, so their partnership is crucial.
NatureWorks manufactures Ingeo brand polylactic acid (PLA) and lactides, greenhouse gas-based materials used to manufacture plastics and fibers. Eco-Products are manufactured with Ingeo plastics.
Natur-Tec offers a broad bioplastics portfolio which spans flexible film, rigid injection molded materials, and engineered plastics.
Emory University's Office of Sustainability – The Office of Sustainability Initiatives team works with Emory leaders and representatives to integrate sustainability into both the operational and academic functions of the entire Emory enterprise, including all academic locations and health care facilities across the state.
Energy Club at Georgia Institute of Technology - Educating and exposing Georgia Tech students and the surrounding community to the vast array of research, policies, and innovation regarding future energy production.
EV Caravan to RayDay – EV advocates and enthusiasts from across the state will join together for a 30-mile caravan from Atlanta to Serenbe, where the caravan will join Ray Day, the annual celebration of the life and legacy of green pioneer, Ray Anderson. The event will begin at the Georgia Power Headquarters for a rally. Then, escorted by state troopers, caravan drivers will make their way Serenbe and Ray Day.
Fulton County Public Works – The Water Services Division of Public Works includes water distribution, wastewater collection, water reclamation, water supply, stormwater management, and public education.
Furman University – David E. Shi Center for Sustainability – We provide a hub where students, educators and community leaders work together, exploring complex themes at the nexus of human and environmental well-being. For us, it’s about leveraging the best of the liberal arts to solve sustainability challenges – in Greenville and beyond.
GDOT Wildflower Program – All of the wildflowers seen in the medians along Georgia’s highways are part of the GDOT Wildflower Program. The program supports enhancement projects that research the importance of planting native flora, trees and shrubs. GDOT Wildflower program is currently working closely with The Ray, an 18-mile innovation corridor in Southwest Georgia.
Georgia-Alabama Land Trust – Primary focus has been the protection of farmlands, wetlands, forests –– all the open spaces, natural beauty and the biological diversity that sustains our species. As they’ve refined their vision over the years, discovering new ways to connect, engage and work with landowners to preserve natural resources, their mission and strategies have grown and evolved.
Georgia Association of Water Professionals - Historically, GAWP began working in 1932 on drinking water treatment education and training. Since then, GAWP has expanded to address wastewater treatment, water resources and stormwater management, water conservation, utility management and customer service, and the broad realm of activities required to responsibly manage Georgia water resources. GAWP's H2Opportunity program provides students in Georgia with a renewed understanding of water issues and highlights the benefits of a jobs in the water industry.
Georgia Climate Project - In the coming years, Georgia can emerge as a clear leader on climate change with a track record of rigorous analysis and constructive engagement among diverse groups leading to practical, science-based solutions that reduce risks and maximize opportunities associated with a changing climate. The Georgia Climate Project is building a network of experts who can improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions and better position Georgia to respond to a changing climate.
Georgia Conservancy – Works to protect and conserve Georgia's natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration
Georgia Organics –Connects organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families
Georgia Public Service Commission -
Georgia Tech Carbon Reduction Challenge - The Carbon Reduction Challenge began as a class project that Dr. Kim Cobb initiated in 2007. Since then, it has evolved into a successful mechanism for educating and engaging students about the relationship between energy and carbon footprints, and the design of carbon mitigation strategies. It is a collaboration between the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and the Georgia Tech Global Change Program
Georgia Tech Global Change Program - The Global Change Program seeks to train a new generation of leaders who are equipped to pursue solutions to a host of interconnected challenges such as climate change, environmental pollution, water resources, human health, and the ever-rising demand for affordable, clean energy.
Georgia Tech Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design - The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a commitment for $30 million from The Kendeda Fund to build what is expected to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast – The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.
Georgia Tech Office of Campus Sustainability - The role of this office is to offer support to everyone on campus and the surrounding community with thier sustainability efforts and initiatives. Their charge is more than the traditional green movement. It's about being smart about the choices made today and the benefits they have on the bottom line, community well being and environment.
Georgia Tech Serve-Learn-Sustain - Serve-Learn-Sustain is an institutional effort to equip Georgia Tech students to learn and serve around the theme “creating sustainable communities” through engagement with content and context. The initiative was developed as Tech's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), as a key component to its reaffirmation of accreditation.
Georgia Tech Solar Racing - A group of motivated students who are passionate about advancing vehicle technology through building solar-powered race cars.
Georgia Tech Stewart School of Industrial and System Engineering - The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech (Ray Anderson’s alma mater), is a global leader in expanding and communicating engineering knowledge and innovation associated with designing, operating, and improving processes for acquiring, producing, selling, and delivering sustainable products and services, and graduating future global leaders in these areas.
Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF) - Encourages the intelligent management of the life sustaining resources of the earth – its essential water resources – its protective forests and plant life – and its dependent wildlife – and promotes and encourages the knowledge and appreciation of these resources, their interrelationship and wise use, without which there can be little hope for a continuing abundant life.
GIPL – Georgia Interfaith Power & Light strives to serve the 15,000 faith communities across Georgia in practices of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership - Pollinators are critical to the global food supply. Every third bite of food we eat is a product of pollinator-assisted plant reproduction. Alarmingly, global pollinator populations are in decline for a variety of reasons – most notably habitat loss and pesticide use. GAPP was initiated in 2009 in response to rapid and significant changes in our landscape caused by the Atlanta housing boom of the 1990s and early 2000s.
Hannah Solar - A full service, NABCEP certified design/build firm dedicated to providing the very best in engineering, products, installation and service with offices throughout the Southeast. Hannah Solar is a partner on The Ray, an 18-mile transportation innovation corridor in southwest Georgia
Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) -Is an experiential program dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse network of environmentally educated leaders in the state of Georgia. It provides these leaders the knowledge, advanced skills and network necessary to help resolve Georgia’s environmental challenges now and in the future.
Interface - Is a global flooring company specializing in carbon neutral carpet tile and resilient flooring, including luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and Nora® rubber flooring. They help customers create high-performance interior spaces that support well-being, productivity, and creativity, as well as the sustainability of the planet. Their mission, Climate Take Back™, invites you to join them as they commit to operating in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life.
King of Crops: Presenting King of Pops - Nick and Steven Carse, founders of King of Pops in Atlanta, GA purchased the property in 2014 with the intention of creating the world's first popsicle farm: a large scale effort to source local, organic produce to use in the making of their now iconic pops. By following their product from crop to pop, they knew that they ensure the quality pops with innovative flavors and maintain their dedication to responsibly grown ingredients from Georgia farms. Their vision for the farm continues to expand, with new projects creating an example of how business and environmental stewardship can benefit from one another.
Lifecycle Building Center - a nonprofit that helps communities reclaim discarded building materials for reuse and provides education in sustainable construction practices
Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) Is a committee of the Environmental Education Alliance. MAG works together with teachers, students, families, communities, businesses and others to study monarchs and restore butterfly habitat across the state. Its mission is to inspire caretakers of the natural environment through monarch and pollinator education.
Microlife Institute - Is dedicated to educating individuals, groups and cities about the positive impacts of micro living. By connecting thought leaders and professionals we encourage and enable developments of walkable, sustainable “micro-hood” communities
National Wildlife Federation - Is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with over six million members and supporters, and 51 state and territorial affiliated organizations.
One More Generation - Carter and Olivia Ries (two youth) started their own nonprofit in an effort to help educate children and adults about the plight of endangered species. Carter and Olivia’s intention is to preserve all species for at least One More Generation… and beyond.
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center - Provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal programs about the ecology and natural history of the region. Interpretive and hands-on programming is provided by Columbus State University professional staff, contributing faculty, student assistants, and volunteers.
Park Pride –Engaging the community to activate the power of parks and the formation of a Friends of the Park Group is the most effective first step in creating positive and long-lasting changes in a neighborhood park.
Perkins+Will Architects - Since 1935, Perkins+Will has believed that design has the power to make the world a better, more beautiful place. They are passionate about human-centered design, and how design can impact our lives through sustainability, resilience, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and mobility. And we’re committed to advancing design through research.
Photo Booth – A great place to take fun photos with the family and friends and then get them sent back to you via email for sharing on your favorite social media profiles.
Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business - Acts as a catalyst and connector, bringing together students, research faculty, companies, and entrepreneurs to create an environment where business-driven solutions to sustainability challenges can take shape and thrive. The Center is one the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s key funding initiatives.
Serenbe - Is a pioneering community model connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta. RayDay is hosted at Serenbe.
Sierra Club of Georgia - In the summer of 2018, the Georgia Sierra Club celebrated 35 years of protecting Georgia’s beautiful unique landscape. The Georgia chapter is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the state of Georgia. Georgia Sierra Club members and supporters are more than 75,000 of your friends and neighbors. They have a robust outings program and have active committees working on forest and coastal protection, transit expansion, and clean energy.
Southern Conservation Trust - Is dedicated to elevating nature through exceptional stewardship throughout Georgia and the Southeast. They don’t just believe in protecting land, they believe people should have access to enjoy it.
Southface - Promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.
Sustainability Initiatives, Georgia State University - Working with partners across campus and beyond, the Georgia State University Office of Sustainability serves as a hub to create and communicate innovative solutions to our most pressing global challenges. They act as the catalyst for creating a culture of sustainability at GSU through enhancing living-learning laboratory opportunities on campus, exploring techniques to lower GSU’s resource use and costs and empowering GSU students to become global leaders in sustainability.
Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast, by Susan Varlamoff - is a vividly illustrated guide that offers simple techniques to help conserve water, reduce pollutants, and mitigate climate change while increasing biodiversity and attracting pollinators and wildlife. Gardeners will be inspired and empowered to protect and enhance the local ecology as they cultivate a resilient landscape featuring native plants, colorful flowers and trees, and even organically grown fruits and vegetables. And for those who cherish their emerald lawns, Susan Varlamoff provides tips for keeping it green and environmentally sound.
The Land Institute - Is a science-based research organization working to develop an alternative to current destructive agricultural practices. Their work is dedicated to advancing perennial grain crops and polyculture farming solutions.
The Ray – Is a proving ground for evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, and it starts on 18 miles of West Georgia’s I-85, and the land and communities that surround it. The Ray is a key funding initiative of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The Ray will also be hosting the EV Caravan to RayDay
The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment – Supports the artistic, cultural, and environmental well-being of Serenbe and the South Fulton area through our Units, which are Serenbe Playhouse, AIR Serenbe (Artists in Residence), and Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT), as well as our Programs, which are the South Fulton Area Initiative, Serenbe Fellows, Serenbe Film, Serenbe Life, and Serenbe Environment.
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture - Is an urban farm providing natural and organic produce and farmer training to local Atlanta community. Programs for adults and youth.
UGA College of Environment and Design - The CED provides nationally accredited, inventive, and demanding programs in landscape architecture, historic preservation, environmental planning & design, and environmental ethics. At CED, our students cultivate not only the skills they need to work as professional designers and practitioners, but the individual passions they have to make a difference in their world.
University of Georgia Office of Sustainability - Mission is to coordinate, communicate and advance sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service & outreach, student engagement and campus operations.
USGBC - The mission of USGBC Georgia is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
Wake Forest University - Sustainability Graduate Programs – The Sustainability Graduate Programs call on a vast array of scholars and practitioners. We are committed to advance a shared mission aimed at developing solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. Here, the next generation of change agents explore emerging solutions through coursework and research with faculty experts across multiple disciplines. Our immersive strategic alliances empower students to engage with truly committed partners.
WaterFurnace -A geothermal heat pump is the greenest, most efficient, and most cost-effective heating & cooling system available. That's because it uses the free renewable solar energy stored in your backyard rather than burning fossil fuels. But what's really impressive is the level of comfort it provides. WaterFurnace systems operate for longer periods at lower speeds, making the home consistently comfortable all year round.
WUNDERGrubs - Produces edible, insect based protein and food products in a sustainable and energy efficient way, and educates people about entomophagy -
its health, economical, & environmental benefits.
Electric Vehicle Showcase
BMVW Cars - Georgia’s premiere used Electric Vehicle dealer.
Click here to find out where you can charge an EV at RayDay.
Interactive Kids Area
Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe - Make dog leashes from repurposed climbing rope. Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe is an educational non-profit dedicated to the well-being of the community’s pets and its people. Their mission is to improve human-animal interactions, reduce the incidence of animal cruelty, and relieve the strain on overrun local animal shelters. Many of the leashes this group creates are donated to first responders to assist in pet rescues.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper - Paint a rain barrel. CRK is an environmental advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin.
Lifecycle Building Center - Build a birdhouse. LBC is a nonprofit that helps communities reclaim discarded building materials for reuse and provides education in sustainable construction practices
Metro North Georgia Water Planning District – Educational puppet show focused on water conservation. Since its creation in 2001, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) has implemented one of the most comprehensive regional water management plans in the country. It is staffed by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and includes 15 counties and 95 cities. It is the only major metropolitan area in the country with more than 100 jurisdictions implementing a long-term comprehensive water management program that is required and enforced.
Mustang and Wild Horse Rescue of Georgia – Meet a Mustang. The Mustang and Wild Horse Rescue of Georgia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a program for wild horses captured by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse roundups. The rescue is committed to providing a safe haven for previously owned mustangs and wild horses who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by their owners. MWHR gentles and rehabilitates the horses they rescue to so they can be successfully re-adopted by new owners.
Sven the Circus Performer
Food and Drink
Specialty Popsicles by King of Pops
Iced Tea from Just Add Honey Tea Company
Beer from Sweetwater Brewery
Specialty Cocktails from Tito’s Vodka
Clean-crafted wines from Scout & Cellar
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