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Promoting Knowledge and Engagement – Addressing Energy Insecurity in the Gullah Community
January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for the next webinar in our series exploring the Stakeholder Recommendations for Reducing Energy Insecurity report. Our panel includes Chriscilia Cox with Suma Consulting and Commissioner Marilyn Hemingway with the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce to discuss their work addressing energy insecurity by raising awareness and engaging residents in the Gullah community.
Chriscilia Cox, Suma Consulting
Chriscilia Cox is an Environmental and Public Health professional and Army veteran leveraging over 15 years of proven experience in managing sustainable ecological health programs, supervising the development of environmental health policy, and providing ecological health compliance within the Department of Defense. She founded SUMA Consulting LLC, a Georgia-based consulting firm providing environmental management and sustainability. She has a comprehensive training background in public relations, resource allocation, and compliance with occupational health and safety laws and regulations.
A native of Johns Island, SC, Chriscilia’s Gullah Geechee roots also extend along the coast of South Carolina from Florence to Charleston counties and include documented linkage from Africa. Her lineage has many civic, business, education, and political family engagement roots within these counties, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
Chriscilia holds many certifications, including being a specialist in waste management, policy development, and training. She maintains professional affiliations with organizations such as the Green Business Bureau, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, and recently the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce as the Chief Sustainability Officer. Chriscilia has been recognized as a top environmental leader, advocate, and innovative strategist to look out for globally from at least two national agencies.
Commissioner Marilyn Hemingway, Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce
Marilyn L. Hemingway, civic leader and entrepreneur, is the founder and president of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce, the Gullah Geechee Chamber Foundation and The Hemingway Group, communications firm.
An advocate for the environment and clean, renewable energy, Marilyn founded the annual Gullah Geechee Environmental & Energy Conference hosted in South Carolina and Georgia with plans to expand to North Carolina and Florida.
A native of Georgetown, SC, Marilyn’s Gullah Geechee roots extend along the entire coast of South Carolina from Horry to Beaufort counties and includes a long line of civic, business, education and political family engagement
She was recognized by the Post and Courier as “2020 12 African American Leaders to know in South Carolina”, is a recipient of the SC African American Heritage Commission 2021 Herbert A DeCosta Trailblazer award, the Conservation Voters of South Carolina 2020 Harriet Keyserling Community Advocate Award and the Georgetown NAACP Branch #5520 Leadership Award.
In 2022, Marilyn received a presidential appointment to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.