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2013-2014 Board of Directors

Paul Johnson, Chair

  • Cumberland County

Kevin Klug, Vice Chair

  • Lee County

Carl Anthony, Treasurer

  • Cumberland County

Richard Bryant, Jr.

  • Cumberland County

Jerry Dietzen

  • Cumberland County

Harry Huberth

  • Moore County

Jon Parsons

  • Cumberland County

Diana Potts

  • Harnett County

Jason Butler

  • Columbus County

Ex Officio Members

Gregory Bean

  • Fort Bragg Directorate of Public Works

Greg Burns

  • NC Department of Transportation, Fayetteville Office

David Heins

  • Fort Bragg Directorate of Public Works

Chris Russo

  • NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Colonel Jeffrey Sanborn

  • Garrison Commander, Fort Bragg
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Hanah Ehrenreich, Interim Executive Director
(910) 484-9098 or (315) 481-1462 cell

Hanah is the Interim Executive Director for Sustainable Sandhills. She is a vocal advocate and engaging public speaker on the topic of smart growth and on Buy Local economic development policies. She earned an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development Studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London; and a BA in Government with Honors from Smith College. Hanah was heavily involved in sustainable development and local economy-building in Syracuse, New York and is committed to the progression of the Sandhills as a vibrant and forward thinking region. She has lived and worked in London, Israel, Belfast, and Washington, DC..




Gloria Lengel, Green Schools Coordinator
(910) 678-7046  

Green Schools Coordinator Gloria Lengel brings 30+ years as a North Carolina educator to Sustainable Sandhills, with expertise in Earth and Environmental Sciences.  She is a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator.  Gloria is presently working on her Master's in Environmental Education from Montreat College in the mountains of North Carolina.  Her thesis is researching the factors that influence the retention of beekeepers in the field.  She teaches classes and mentors beekeepers through the North Carolina State Beekeeping Association and locally with the Hoke County beekeepers.

Roberto Chavez, Green Business Certification Coordinator

(910) 484-9098 

Robert Chavez is the Green Business Outreach Coordinator for Sustainable Sandhills. He served as an Aerospace Medical Technician in the USAF for 10 years. Robert earned an AAS degree in Architectural Technology through Fayetteville Technical Community College where began teaching classes in Drafting, and upon graduation, Sustainable Design. While teaching Robert continued his education and earned a BS degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Sustainability through American Military University. He has Lived in New Mexico, Alaska, Italy and North Carolina and worked in several forward operating locations such as Ecuador, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Robert hopes to use his education and experience to help preserve and maintain the Sandhills region through the education and implementation of sustainable practices.

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Our History

In 2000, Fort Bragg leadership took a proactive stand to ensure the long-term viability of the installation.  By mid-2002, the installation's newly formed Sustainable Fort Bragg (SFB) program had succeeded in identifying its environmental footprint, and based on that information, developed goals contered on air, water, energy, education, and construction to reduce that footprint.

Realizing that environmental impacts don't stop at the installation boundary, Fort Bragg and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources convened stakeholders from the surrounding communities to propose the idea of a new partnership - the Sustainable Sandhills initiative.  In February 2003, a Steering Committee was establised in order to keep the momentum going and take the necessary steps to turn the idea into a plan.  The Steering committee decided that four conditions must be met in order to have a sustainable society:


      • Don’t rely on nonrenewable resources;
      • Don’t systematically increase synthetic products that don’t biodegrade;
      • Don’t degrade nature’s services (trees that create oxygen, wetlands that provide habitat and filter water); and
      • Make sure everyone’s basic needs are met.

Since 2003, the initiative has evolved into an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  In 2005, it expanded to eight counties by adding Lee and Montgomery counties to the original six counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland. 

See our 501(c)(3) letter.  See our By Laws

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