Bart King is the founder and principal consultant of New Growth Communications. As a child, he was torn between wanting to be an airboat-riding park ranger, like Tom Wedloe on the television show Gentle Ben, and a poet, like Dylan Thomas. As a student, his path was influenced by both role models. While studying writing, he spent summers working as a white water rafting guide on the Chattooga River. His experiences on that federally protected waterway helped forge the dedication to environmental stewardship that continues to guide his work.
Education & Career
Bart began freelancing articles for magazines and newspapers after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. For several years he produced general interest pieces ranging from homebrewing to sightseeing in London. After receiving an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University in 2001, he began writing full time and soon found his niche in environmental and sustainability issues.
In 2006, Bart became the news editor for SustainableBusiness.com, covering all sectors of the clean energy industry, as well as environmental issues and policy. He also hosted the popular Green Week in Review podcast for two years, and his opinion pieces appeared in numerous publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Birmingham News.
Advocacy & Personal Life
Bart says reporting on the dire condition of the planet’s ecosystems on a daily basis is what compelled him to take a more proactive role as a sustainable business advocate and communications consultant. In 2009, he founded Cleantech Communications to bring his media experience to the aid of cleantech and environmental companies and organizations. He soon found himself working with a broader range of environmentally and socially responsible clients as well as a network of talented content creators. In 2013, Bart relaunched Cleantech Communications as New Growth Communications to better reflect the scope and direction of the work.
Bart is an Associate Editor at SustainableBrands.com, where he edits the ICT and Big Data content channel. He also is a founding board member of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition and a regular guest speaker on environmental and clean energy issues at events such as the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference, Data Analytics for the Utility Industry Conference, Northeast Georgia Environmental Health Coalition, Energy Informatics 2012, and the UGA chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He lives with his wife and daughter in Athens, Georgia and goes down to the river as often as possible.