Ciannat Howett talked to us about sustainability, not as a theoretical idea but as a practical, ordinary, and meaningful way of living. She talked about how it has informed her life and how everyday considerations and the drive for happiness moved her into a simpler life and enabled her to shift from the practice of law to living and working in environments in which she is more fulfilled. She talks convincingly about how the old fashioned principle of thrift can help all of us move to a simpler, happier and more meaningful life.
Lessons from the Show
Ciannat talked to us about her motivation and vision and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Sustainability is not about a simpler way of living: it’s about a smarter way of living. It’s about a healthy, productive and meaningful life;
- The economics of sustainability are compelling;
About Ciannat Howett
Ciannat became Emory’s first Director of Sustainability Initiatives in September 2006, managing an enterprise-wide effort to ensure that Emory’s actions and policies support environmental, social, and economic systems that provide a healthy, productive, and meaningful life for current and future generations. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Emory College’s Environmental Sciences Department.
Ciannat attended Emory University as an undergraduate, receiving her B.A. in 1987. She then worked at Emory until 1989 as Associate Director of Alumni Giving and the first Director of the Emory Parents Fund. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1992. She practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton in its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. as Senior Attorney with the Water Enforcement Division before serving as Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Georgia and Alabama office until 2006. She is a Trustee for the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of Emory Law School’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic and Grants to Green.
She received the 2002 U.S. EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the 2004 Environmental Hero Award from The Wilderness Society, the 2010 Pillar of Sustainability Award from EARTH University, the 2013 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Rollins School of Public Health, and a 2014 Award of Distinction from Emory. She is a frequent regional and national speaker on sustainability issues, and, for four years, was named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine
You can contact Ciannat by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find out more about her work and go to the website for information about Emory Sustainability Initiatives.
This is episode # 176