Bart King's Bio
I’ve always loved the outdoors and the arts. As a child, I wanted to be an airboat-riding park ranger, like Tom Wedloe on the television show Gentle Ben. As a student, I embraced writing, photography and music, but spent summers working as a white water rafting guide on the Chattooga River. My experiences on that federally protected waterway helped forge the dedication to environmental stewardship that continues to guide my work.
Education & Career
I began freelance writing after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. After receiving an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University in 2001, I began writing full time and soon found my niche covering environmental and sustainability issues.
As the news editor for SustainableBusiness.com and an associate editor for Sustainable Brands, I covered all sectors of the clean energy industry, as well as environmental issues and policy. I also hosted and produced the Green Week in Review podcast for two years (before podcasts were such a big deal) and my opinion pieces appeared in numerous publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Birmingham News.
Advocacy & Personal Life
Ultimately, reporting on the dire condition of the planet’s ecosystems is what compelled me to take a more proactive role as a sustainable business advocate and consultant. In 2009, I founded Cleantech Communications to offer my media experience to cleantech and environmental companies. But I soon found myself working with a broader range of sustainability-related clients, as well as a network of talented content creators. In 2013, I rebranded the practice as New Growth Communications.
I’ve been a featured speaker and moderator at The Sustainability Consortium Summit (I’m a TSC Trained Service Provider), Sustainable Brands, Data Analytics for the Utility Industry, and other industry events. I was a founding board member of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition, and I advise progressive political candidates at the local, state and national levels. In January 2020, I’ll be joining the Dean’s Advisory Council of UGA’s College of Environment & Design in Athens, Georgia, where I live with my wife and daughter. I’ll also publish my fourth children’s book via New Growth Publishing, continue to work on the photo series you see as backgrounds on this website, and perform on piano for a handful of local events.