Sustainability Fellows and Scholars-in-Residence
Terri Y. Montague, Sustainability Fellow
Terri Y. Montague

Through generous gifts by the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and the Turner Foundation, Emory University has had several Sustainability Scholars-in-Residence work on specific research issues related to sustainability.

Susan Kidd
In June 2007, Susan Kidd was named the first R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Sustainability Scholar-in-Residence. Susan is the former senior vice-president of the Georgia Conservancy and currently serves as director of sustainability for Agnes Scott College.

Susan’s research has focused on options for creating a carbon offsets project in Georgia. Carbon offsets are projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that, if they meet certain standards, can be used to offset emissions by an offset purchaser. Currently, there are no certified offset projects in the state of Georgia. Emory’s interest is in furthering research into whether Georgia can benefit from establishing an offset project that might provide funding for renewable energy projects in our state, preserve greenspace—in particular forest ecosystems, and result in cascading benefits in air quality, water quality, habitat protection, and “green collar” jobs.

Carbon Offset Report January 2008

Julie Mayfield
In May 2008, Julie Mayfield was named an Emory University Sustainability Scholar-in-Residence. Julie is former general counsel and vice president for the Georgia Conservancy and currently serves as executive director of the Western North Carolina Alliance. Julie has been researching options for alternative energy projects that may serve as a local carbon offsets model.

Terri Y. Montague
Terri Y. Montague presently combines her passion for thriving and sustainable communities as a graduate Sustainability Fellow, sponsored by Emory University’s Office of University-Community Partnerships and serving in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. In this capacity, Ms. Montague focuses on planning and developing a pilot program and community partnerships that provide sustainability-related engaged service, learning and leadership opportunities for Emory students and faculty. Ms. Montague’s role also involves cultivating and coordinating prospective sustainability intern placements at Emory and with external community institutions, as well as supporting efforts to expand and enhance Emory’s Piedmont Project faculty development program, which integrates engaged research on sustainability topics into Emory curricula.

Prior to her Emory affiliation, Ms. Montague provided strategy, policy and program implementation support through her independent consulting firm, Montague & Associates. From 2006-2009, she served as the first President and Chief Executive Officer for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the entity ensuring the overall execution and implementation of Atlanta’s visionary $3 billion BeltLine Project. Ms. Montague’s prior roles include President and Chief Operating Officer at Enterprise Community Partners (formerly The Enterprise Foundation), a leading national provider of capital and expertise for affordable housing and community development. She also served as a Principal in the Housing and Community Investing Business at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, a global institutional real estate investment advisor and manager.

Ms. Montague earned dual master’s degrees in city planning and in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2010, as well as the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2009 Regional Leadership Institute. Ms. Montague is a dedicated member of her community who gives time and expertise to faith-based and broader civic and community involvement efforts. Her recent advisory board appointments include: Sustainable Atlanta Initiative, Emory University Board of Visitors, The Trust for Public Land Real Estate Council and the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council.