President and Founder
Emily is President & founder of Green Fern Events (GFE) — Texas’ leading producer of zero-waste conferences and events. She is respected as an expert in her field with a combined 15 years of experience in event management, clean energy and sustainable business. She develops forward-thinking strategies that are rooted in the fundamentals of environmental stewardship and economic sense, and she produces events with proven outcomes that demonstrate significant benefits of sustainable efforts.
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Emily’s formative years were spent exploring the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She earned a bachelor’s degree in cross-cultural communications at Lynchburg College and a master’s degree in sustainable destination management/event management at George Washington University. She further broadened her horizons while studying and traveling abroad. She saw firsthand the devastating results of man’s unchecked impact on the environment, and it was during this time that she realized “going green” isn’t an option — it’s an imperative. It was a clarion call for Emily, which came at a time when sustainability was barely a whisper on the wind of public debate.
Emily founded Green Fern Events in 2009 with the goal of developing a holistic model for successful and sustainable events. The company is compliant with ISO20121 Standards for Event Sustainability, APEX/ASTM Environmental Sustainable Meeting Standards as well as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for event organizers.