Bart King's Bio

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Bart King has always loved the outdoors. As a child, he wanted to be an airboat-riding park ranger, like Tom Wedloe on the television show Gentle Ben. As a student, he embraced his skill for writing, but spent summers working as a white water rafting guide on the Chattooga River. His experiences on that federally protected waterway helped forge the dedication to environmental stewardship that continues to guide his work.

Education & Career

Bart 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, he began writing full time and soon found his niche in environmental and sustainability issues.

As the news editor for SustainableBusiness.com and an associate editor for Sustainable Brands, Bart covered all sectors of the clean energy industry, as well as environmental issues and policy. He also hosted and produced the Green Week in Review podcast for two years, and his opinion pieces appeared in numerous publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Birmingham News.

Advocacy & Personal Life

Bart says reporting on the dire condition of the planet’s ecosystems is what compelled him to take a more proactive role as a sustainable business advocate and consultant. In 2009, he founded Cleantech Communications to bring his media experience to the aid of cleantech and environmental companies. He soon found himself working with a broader range of sustainability-related clients as well as a network of talented content creators. In 2013, Bart rebranded his practice as New Growth Communications.

Bart has been a featured speaker and moderator at The Sustainability Consortium Summit, Sustainable Brands, Data Analytics for the Utility Industry, and other industry events. He was a founding board member of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition and has advised progressive political candidates at the local, state and national levels. In January 2020, he will join the Dean’s Advisory Council of UGA’s College of Environment & Design. He lives with his wife and daughter in Athens, Georgia, and goes down to the river as often as possible.