UGA Marine Extension honors CRD green growth specialist’s partnership

Kelly Hill and Jessica Brown

Coastal Resources Division

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant recently announced Kelly Hill, CRD green growth specialist, as the recipient of their inaugural Outstanding Partner Award. This new distinction recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's mission of improving the environmental, social, and economic health of Georgia’s coast through research, education and extension.

Hill has consistently partnered with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, including them on projects like the recently re-vamped Georgia Clean Marina program, updates for the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual, and Coastal Low Impact Development Inventory. Through her expertise in green growth principles and tireless efforts in fostering coastal community resilience, she has played a pivotal role in advancing critical initiatives. Her collaborative spirit and dedication to knowledge sharing have empowered countless coastal residents and stakeholders to adopt sustainable practices that safeguard the health and prosperity of Georgia’s marine environment.

“Kelly Hill has been an incredible partner with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant,” said Jessica Brown, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's stormwater specialist. “Her passion for coastal stewardship and unwavering commitment to collaboration have yielded lasting positive impacts on countless communities. She is one of the first people I call. We are incredibly grateful for her contributions and proud to honor her with this inaugural award.”

Hill’s achievements extend far beyond individual projects. Her ability to connect people, resources, and knowledge has fostered a network of resilient coastal communities actively engaged in sustainable practices. From spearheading green infrastructure projects to educating stakeholders on eco-friendly development practices, her influence has demonstrably improved the health and well-being of Georgia’s coast.

The Outstanding Partner Award serves as an appreciation of individuals like Hill who partner with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant to improve the coast for all constituents. Her dedication and impact serve as a testament to the power of collaboration and community engagement in safeguarding our precious coastal resources for generations to come.