A voice for sustainability

In the mid-2000s, Eric Moncrief was working in the computer and electronic recycling industry. Admittedly he didn’t know much about sustainability and renewable energy. Today he is an expert. He’s founder of Green Guy Media and host of the “Talk with Green Guy” show on WGST 640 AM and iHeartRadio.

From 9-10 a.m. on Sundays, Moncrief introduces listeners to people who make a difference in the sustainability community. Corporate leaders, mayors and sustainability managers for U.S. cities, including Atlanta, have been interviewed on what they are doing to address climate change.

“This is about education and enlightening people,” said Moncrief. “And hopefully getting them to change and modify the environment.”

The Old Fourth Ward resident’s first environmental talk show was on Blog Talk Radio about nine years ago. The first episode - a history lesson on the pristine landscape of the U.S. when the first settlers arrived - resonated with listeners.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a primary sponsor of his current show, which premeired in 2014.

“He preached to other CEOs around the world that you can do business and not plunder the earth,” said Moncrief of Anderson, who passed away in 2011.

An example of that goal is an initiative that partners Novelis, a leader in aluminum recycling, with the Atlanta Falcons, Moncrief’s Green Guy Media, the National Black and Latino Council, Habitat for Humanity, Keep America Beautiful and the Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability. Together they formed the “Recycle for Good” campaign.

“During home games of the Falcons and Atlanta United, a team of volunteers collects cans inside and outside the stadium and educate fans on recycling,” said Lance Robertson, executive director of the National Black and Latino Council. “This is pretty ongoing and Eric has been there from the beginning.”

A collection of three million cans will be enough material to build a home in Vine City through Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

“Kids are the next generation of environmental stewards,” adds Moncrief. “All the environmental, recycling, clean energy, water, climate change, the circular economy – it’s all connected.”


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