Laura Turner Seydel

Chairperson. Captain Planet Foundation

Laura Turner Seydel is a national environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes environmental education and gardens in schools, and Zero Waste Zones, an organization that promotes communities working together to change current disposal methods of consumed products. She co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

She is passionate about keeping toxic chemicals out of consumer products, which can be especially harmful to pregnant mothers and children, and works with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Environmental Working Group to educate the public about the effects of these toxins.

Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including the Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She also serves on national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Green Schools Alliance, Environmental Working Group and the Carter Center Board of Councilors. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Hero Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s 2010 Mom on a Mission for Service Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievement Award, the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future Businesswomen’s Sustainability Leadership Award, the National Garden Clubs Inc., 2010 Award of Excellence, the Andrew Young Foundation “Pass on Blessings” Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy of Leadership Honoree.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oglethorpe University, and is a contributing eco-editor and environmental speaker living with her husband Rutherford and her three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED certified Gold residence in the Southeast.