Growing up in the city, Elena White was very fortunate in being able to spend a great deal of time on her family’s farm in rural Alabama. Her grandfather, a retired farmer, taught her and her siblings how to manage and care for their land. They learned how to fully utilize everything and waste as little as possible. Elena decided to draw from her “rurban” (rural-urban hybrid) upbringing to share green with the everyday person.
She is the founder and editor of green lifestyle blog, Life The Green Way, which is geared towards the mainstream and focuses on sustainability issues. In her writings, she offers guidance in areas ranging from money-saving green tips, to reviews of green products, air quality updates and other environmental information. She is a contributing author for “The Community Reinvestor,” an Alabama business magazine, where several of her articles have been published. Life The Green Way is featured at Top 50 Green Living Blogs and Top 100 Green Blogs for Students. Additionally, Elena founded Green Drinks Birmingham, a local chapter of an international social networking organization which brings together individuals and organizations that are focused on green initiatives.
As Corporate Sustainability Coordinator at her previous employer, Pinnacle Data Systems LLC, Elena created and implemented sustainability initiative, “Pinnacle Preserves” at both the Birmingham and Atlanta sites. The initiative, which began in October 2010, included a very successful expanded recycling program (paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastics and electronics) that is still on-going. Elena is currently employed at McLeod Software as an Account Relationship Manager (Enterprise Consulting Services).
Elena is a 2010 NAACP Outstanding Young Professional Award winner and a 2011 Alabama Black Achievers Award, Nominee (Non-Profit Executive of the Year). She is a past member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Junior Board and the Alabama Ballet Junior Board. In addition to currently serving on the Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors as Secretary, she is also a founding member of UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences Junior Leadership Council. Elena is also a member of several other local environmental and community organizations.
Elena attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she majored in Psychology and was inducted into Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology. A native of Birmingham, AL, Elena is married to college sweetheart, Kori K. White and the proud mother of daughter, Olivia Grace and sons, Kori “Noah” and Jonah Kolin Douglas.