Earth Ethics was created to address issues along the Gulf Coast specific to Northwest Florida.
Earth Ethics, Inc. is a federally recognized 501 (c)(3) organization.
Our primary focuses are related to the environment, outreach and education, social issues, and smart growth practices. The majority of our projects are funded through grants or donations.
Earth Ethics is comprised of public and private stakeholders dedicated to meeting the goals of the organization. The role of the group is to secure funding and other donations to support programs that benefit the citizens of Northwest Florida.
Mary Gutierrez, Executive Director
Prior to creating Earth Ethics, Inc, Mary Gutierrez worked as an Environmental Planner. She was also Program Manager for the Bay Area Resource Council, Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast, Partnership for Community Programs, Regional Utilities Authority, and a regional Brownfields Program. She was responsible for grant research, writing, and administration as well as the coordination of public outreach and environmental education workshops. She also worked with public officials and the general public on topics such as air quality, water quality and land use management and smart growth practices.
Ms. Gutierrez was an intern with American Environmental Network as wet chemist analyst while obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science. Ms. Gutierrez has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Community Development.
She also worked as an environmental chemist at Law Engineering and Environmental Services and Severn Trent Laboratories. Prior to working as an Environmental Planner, Ms. Gutierrez worked for the Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Wetland Resource Program and the Department’s Air Resource Management Program.
In addition, Ms. Gutierrez lends her environmental expertise to various community organizations including the following:
Local Organization Memberships
- Florida Jaycees Congress of Outstanding Young Floridians-Outstanding Young Environmentalist-2005.
- Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) Award – National winner, “Team Award” for Grasses in Classes program, 2010.
- Gulf of Mexico Program – Gulf Guardian Awards Program – Certificate of Appreciation, 2013.
- League of Women Voters – Dedicated Service & Outstanding Leadership Award, 2015.
- 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) Designated Contact Point for the U.S. Climate Action Network, 2015.
- Environmental Professional of the year 2015 – Northwest Chapter of Environmental Professionals.
Board of Directors
Laura Jolley, Biologist and LPN
Laura Jolley has over 10 years of experience as an environmental professional. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and entered the environmental field while working as a graduate student researcher when attending the University of West Florida. Ms. Jolley has worked for public and private agencies, and she has significant experience in environmental permitting and construction compliance. Fieldwork is her main focus, including wetland delineations and threatened and endangered species surveys.
Gina Cooke, Graphic Designer
Gina Cooke has been a visual artist for 20 years. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Arts and a minor in Advertising. She has worked in Publishing for Homes & Land Magazine doing page layout as well as Production Manager for Maximum Press. She is familiar with Adobe programs and PC and Mac platforms. Her strengths are multitasking, planning, and being task-oriented. Currently, she works at Vowell’s Printing as a Graphic Designer. She loves spending time outdoors and is actively involved in protecting our environment and natural resources.
Marsha King, Community and Environmental Advocate
Having grown up in Mobile County, Marsha witnessed firsthand the degradation of water quality after oil rigs began appearing on the horizon off Dauphin Island in the 70’s. This spurred Marsha’s interest in environmental advocacy and prompted her to volunteer for various environmental advocacy groups over the years. Marsha earned her degree in Environmental Studies at the University of West Florida in 1993. She has worked at the U.S. Census Bureau as a field interviewer since 1997. She continues to be engaged in local and statewide environmental issues.
Elizabeth has a background in education and religion. She has taught English in the public school system in Texas and currently works for Columbia Southern University as an instructional designer. She also has a Master of Divinity and has served as a chaplain, youth minister, and the communications coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Elizabeth has been passionate about the environment for years. She has taught the importance of taking care of the Earth to youth, and with her husband, Elizabeth has adopted many homesteading practices. She is the founder of the Facebook page 52 Ways to Save the Planet, where she encourages followers to take on a new challenge each week to live a greener life.
Earth Ethics is committed to leaving the earth a better place, to speaking for and protecting those who cannot do it for themselves, and to peacefully and respectfully share the earth with all that inhabits it.