CNU Atlanta is proud to introduce J. Candler Vinson as the newest member of the CNU Atlanta Chapter team. As the chapter’s Program Manager, Candler will assist in communications, social media, event coordination, and more. Candler is an Atlanta native, a writer, an Emory alumnus, and an environmentalist (yes, one of those). He is passionate about studying urban development, climate change, technology, agriculture, gentrification, public health, and how they intersect in modern cities.
After graduating from Emory University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Candler worked for multiple environmental and sustainability-oriented organizations, including Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Environment Georgia, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (Clean Tech division). Candler also reported for the Urban Times on all things urban development, transportation, environmental policy, and climate change before starting his own blog earlier this year, The Suburban City, to focus on Atlanta.
Candler has a keen eye for the details and crafting stories that don’t just examine issues, but explore the underlying contexts in which those issues exist. As an undergraduate at Emory, he studied Atlanta’s history of transit and racial inequality as a basis for deeper understanding of Atlanta’s failed T-SPLOST in 2012. He has since explored the rise of the modern American streetcar, examined sustainable agriculture in Atlanta’s West End, and, most recently, met the man behind MARTA’s Instagram marketing strategy.
With Candler on board, CNU Atlanta will now have the ability to enhance the pursuit of its mission to promote walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.
Don’t be shy if you run into Candler at our next T3 or a coffee shop around town!