Emerald Corridor Foundation is dedicated to the healthy and sustainable revitalization of Proctor Creek and its surrounding neighborhoods in Northwest Atlanta. 


Our Mission

Emerald Corridor Foundation seeks to foster a healthy environment and support thriving urban communities.  We build greenspaces and restore waterways. We support and engage local communities through partnerships and grants.


Our Goals

  • Restore the natural systems of Proctor Creek
  • Create safe and beautiful greenspaces that support community health and recreation
  • Advance local learning and educational programs
  • Promote job training and employment opportunities
  • Strengthen the fabric of the local neighborhoods


The Emerald Corridor


from the Beltline to the Chattahoochee

Creating new access from surrounding communities to 400 acres of parks and green space along Proctor Creek. Connecting Atlanta's urban core to Proctor Creek, the Atlanta BeltLine, MARTA, the Atlanta Streetcar, the Chattahoochee River and eventually the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County.


natural systems 

Assembling and protecting buffers along the creek. Restoring the creek's natural systems to address flooding and pollution in surrounding neighborhoods resulting from a history of industrial activity, dumping, and insufficient storm water capacity.


public spaces

Building safe and clean gathering spaces in which to enjoy Atlanta’s rich neighborhood life. Reactivating public places to attract jobs and mixed-use, mixed-income development. Protecting single-family neighborhoods by focusing greater density at key transit oriented areas.


community based development

Encouraging the reuse of land surrounding Proctor Creek by upgrading infrastructure and enhancing community assets to support sustainable community and business growth. Potentially creating more than 15,000 new jobs (according to Invest Atlanta).

Emerald Corridor Foundation was founded in 2014 by a group of landscape architects and landowners, inspired by the beauty of the area surrounding Proctor Creek, the neighborhoods’ remarkable transit connectivity, and the opportunity for revitalization. The Foundation’s "lead with green" philosophy aims to protect and restore Proctor Creek’s natural systems and tributaries, create green spaces and parks, and build a seven-mile trail along the creek. The Foundation is forming strategic partnerships to ensure that the green spaces it creates are cared for in perpetuity.

Support for the surrounding community will be demonstrated through giving for education, workforce training and development, environmental restoration and enhancement, health and recreation, arts and culture, and community development. 

The Foundation is implementing its vision in collaboration with partners that include the City of Atlanta, Greening Youth Foundation and other public, private and community partners.  Foundation work is funded via donations, partnerships and grants. Additionally, a U.S. Corps of Engineers program will facilitate funding for the Foundation through its mitigation banking program that awards credits earned through restoration of urban waterways. The credits earned through work on Proctor Creek will be sold to offset environmental impacts elsewhere in the metro region. 





Board Member

As principal and founder of B+C Studio, Joel is responsible for the firm’s day to day operations as well as maintaining a critical focus on client services. Prior to forming B+C Studio, Mr. Bowman was the Design Studio Manager for Post Landscape Group where he worked on award winning projects like Cousin’s Avenues projects and many others. He is an energetic and creative designer with over 15 years of professional experience in land planning and landscape architecture known for vigorous leadership that emphasizes the promotion of design innovation through collaboration and creative thinking. Joel has worked on a diverse range of projects including a number of master-planned communities and neighborhoods, mixed-use and urban infill developments, retail and office projects. His areas of expertise include neighborhood and community planning, office and retail site planning, site design, land use consultation, corporate and residential amenity area development.



Board Member

Jeremy is the Executive Director of Sustainable America, implementing its strategic plan to raise consumer awareness around sustainable food and fuel issues, and to support entrepreneurs working on these issues to make our nation more efficient, resilient and sustainable. Prior to Sustainable America, Jeremy worked for a decade at The Keystone Center on the nation’s toughest energy and environmental issues as a mediator, facilitator, and educator. Jeremy worked for the Izaak Walton League on a clean air campaign on behalf of hunters and fishers, and helped launch Forest Trends, an international sustainable forestry non-profit. He also worked for five years at McKinsey & Co in its environment practice, working with Fortune 500 companies. He has an MS in Environmental Science and BA in Social Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPA in Environmental Policy from New York University.

MARK TEIXEIRA   Board Member


Board Member

Mark attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he was the recipient of the Dick Howser Award, which recognizes College Baseball’s most outstanding athlete. His professional baseball career began in 2002 when he was drafted by the Texas Rangers. He played for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels before signing his current eight year contract with the New York Yankees. Mark has been recognized during his outstanding career with a number of honors including five Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards and three American League All-Star Team selections. Mark is actively involved in community support programs in a number of cities. He is committed to education and established scholarship endowments at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In New York City, Mark is a member of the Board of Directors and leads the capital campaign for Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Intercity), a program designed to help urban youth learn, play and grow. He also supports The DREAM Charter School.

NICK TILLER   Board Member


Board Member

Nick Tiller is the founder of Sustainable America, a nonprofit dedicated to making our nation's food and energy systems more sustainable through education and impact investing.  For 12 years, Nick managed a long/short equity and commodity portfolio at SAC Capital / Point 72 with over $1.5 billion gross capital.  Prior to that, at Fidelity Investments, Nick was a food sector analyst, then an energy analyst and portfolio manager of the Fidelity Select Energy Services Fund. After becoming increasingly concerned about the vulnerable state of our food and fuel systems, Nick created Sustainable America to focus national attention on these intertwined issues.  Sustainable America, although a public charity, believes in utilizing the capital markets to accomplish its charitable mission. All of its assets are invested in impact-aligned investments. While attending Harvard Business School, Nick co-founded the Harbus Foundation, a grant-making, student-run charity.  He serves on the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut.