Kevin Fitzwilliam is from New Orleans, LA, and has worked at the forefront of numerous environmental issues in the gulf south region. His interest in environmental protection began with the awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss and its effect on livelihoods and the seafood industry in Louisiana. He worked in public relations for multiple environmental non-profit organizations and also taught environmental science for several years. Kevin has created three business ventures pertaining to sustainability. The first was the creation of a local-produce market and agricultural training farm called Hollygrove Market & Farm, which operated for 10 years and was a central part of the New Orleans food economy. The second was the creation of a radio show called All Things Local, which aired for three years and was the only radio show dedicated to topics on sustainability in Louisiana. His most recent entrepreneurial venture is the creation of Atlas Handmade Beads, a business that sells handcrafted beads and bracelets made from recycled magazine paper by women in Uganda.
Kevin has also worked in solar energy and energy efficiency for the last six years, formerly as a solar-energy consultant and currently as a training and workforce development specialist with the Energy Smart program – the energy-efficiency incentive program of Entergy New Orleans. In 2018 Kevin was selected as an inaugural 1 Hotels Fellow with Environmental Entrepreneurs, an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council, to educate citizens in south Louisiana about community solar and on-bill financing for utility energy-efficiency programs. That same year he was also selected as a “Person To Watch” by Biz New Orleans magazine for his environmental achievements. He writes op-ed articles on a variety of environmental topics for The Lens, and he is a founding member of The Trashformers, an upstart Mardi Gras krewe centered on recycling and waste reduction during Mardi Gras.