2012 EarthShare of Georgia Local Member Group Accomplishment Highlights
Atlanta Audubon Society (AAS)
1. With the mission “to protect Georgia’s birds and the habitats that sustain them,” AAS was able to partner with different local organizations to successfully benefit Georgia with over 8,000 hours of volunteer projects valued over $160,000.
2. Four additional units to AAS’s “Learning About Birds” Bilingual curriculum for grades 4-8 engaged 725 youth in 2012.
3. More than 1,200 people attended 215 free birding field trips in 15 different metro counties to learn about important habitats in addition to avian identification.
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC)
1. More than 30,000 people attended ABC’s car-free open street event, Atlanta Streets Alive.
2. ABC installed 24 bike racks at local businesses and provided bike valet parking at 15 festivals and concerts.
3. ABC distributed 570 bike lights and 83 helmets to cyclists in need and trained 324 people on bike safety.
Callaway Gardens (CG)
1. With reduced energy usage, Callaway Gardens saved $72,000 with an additional $34,000 in potential savings for 2013.
2. CG used 4 tons of on-site generated bio-solid waste for energy in 2012.
3. GPS mapping was completed to include photos of 250 existing exterior trash receptacles and 25 existing exterior recycling receptacles at Callaway Gardens.
Captain Planet Foundation (CPF)
1. CPF is continuing to grow the Captain Planet Learning Gardens Program to over 100 schools across Cobb County, Gwinnett County, and Atlanta Public Schools, with a planned expansion beyond Georgia.
2. With over 80 clubs in the country and globally, the Planeteer Clubs Program partners with Atlanta Public Schools, Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Atlanta.
3. CP’s Online Leadership Center (OLC) was launched- a web-based portal that provides resources for formal and non-formal educators in support of environmental literacy and stewardship through promoting hands-on, inquiry-based best practices in environmental education.
Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC)
1. CNC reached more than 45,000 students overall through on-site and outreach education programs. In 2012, they were able to deliver environmental education programs to more than 20,000 students in Title I schools at no cost, or at a substantially reduced cost to the schools.
2. CNC’s Unity Garden, in its second full year of operation, produced over 19,000 pounds of healthy produce that was distributed to needy families through a partnership with North Fulton Community Charities.
3. More than 100 individuals have participated in the Master Naturalist program this past year. CNC’s Interpretative Guide program has certified more than 50 individuals from throughout the Southeast.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK)
1. Water Quality Monitoring: CRk analyzed 91 nutrient samples on Lake Lanier and our Neighborhood Water Watch program expanded to 39 monitoring stations. In total, 848 river and tributary water samples were collected and analyzed for bacteria levels.
2. Stream Cleanups: More than 1,100 volunteers participated in stream, lake and river cleanups through CRK. 18 tons of trash removed from waterways, 4.4 tons recycled.
3. Education: Along with our partner, Elachee Nature Science Center, CRK educated 4,427 students & teachers, including 955 scholarship students on board our floating classroom.
Elachee Nature Science Center (ENSC)
1. The “E-House”, demonstrating 12 energy conservation & sustainable building practices, was built with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded to Hall County EnviroShare, Hall County Schools, Lanier Technical College, ZF Wind Power, and Elachee.
2. Ecology- based programs were offered to K-12 students in the only SACS (Southern Association of Colleges & Schools) accredited nature center in the southeast, ENSC.
3. Brains-on, Hands-on educational programs were offered to 353, 528 students last year at ENSC.
Flint Riverkeeper: (FRK)
1. FRK is hosting Paddle Georgia on the lower Flint mid-June 2013, over 6 months in preparation.
2. Celebrated our 5-Year Anniversary.
3. Along with their Georgia Water Coalition Partners, FRK stopped Senate Bill 213, with its highly destructive content, in its tracks, injecting very positive politics for the Flint into the debate.
Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites (FGSPHS)
1. FGSPHS recruited over 6,000 volunteers who provided 76,300 hours of service in FY 2012, valued at $1.5 million.
2. GSPHS grew its membership to more than 24,000 households.
3. FGSPHS’s 50+ chapters provided more than $400,000 in project and program support to their sites.
Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (FSBGG)
1. The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance was selected for a national award by the American Public Garden Association
2. An internship position was awarded to the Garden in Pollinator Conservation, which will work with regular horticultural duties as well as interpretive and instructional opportunities.
3. FSBGG has just completed a year-long process to design and program the new Children’s Garden at SBG with construction planned for 2014 and 2015.
The Georgia Conservancy (GC)
1. In 2012, 1,500 participants helped clean/restore 25 miles of beach, 22 miles of trails and 50 miles of river, as well as weatherize state and national parks [Ossabaw, Cumberland, and Sapelo Islands] through GC.
2. Good Urbanism, a sustainable community design class sponsored by GC, graduated its 300th participant.
3. GC’s land conservation team helped 9 Georgia landowners close conservation easements on 3,250 acres of high-diversity habitat and GC played a key role in the permanent protection of Boyles Island, a 6,300-acre wildlife area on the Altamaha River.
Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund (GCVEF)
1. GCVEF is leading a grassroots effort to build support for the expansion of third party financing and power purchase agreements for solar installations.
2. GCVEF is working to improve the current IRP plan pending at the PSC through a specific legal effort aimed at ensuring the plan contains more renewable energy and sustainability initiatives.
3. GCVEF has become a member of the leadership team of the Georgia Water Coalition.
Georgia Forest Watch (GFW)
1. Georgia ForestWatch has been fighting for the last 7 years to limit boating in the upper 21 miles of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River, supporting the Forest Service’s ability to regulate recreation in the Wild and Scenic Corridor. On March 30, 2013, the U.S. District Court in the District of South Carolina rejected American Whitewater and other boaters' arguments that the Forest Service must allow more boating on the Upper Chattooga.
2. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is nationally considered an urban forest, with over 2.2 million people annually using the forest’s 850 miles of designated trails. The leadership of the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forests and Georgia ForestWatch launched the Collaborative Trails Initiative or CoTrails to help protect trail degradation. This enthusiastic volunteer work force representing the major user groups has helped contribute the equivalent of approximately 21 full-time employees dedicated to trail maintenance activities, and has received three national awards during the last year for their collaborative approach to management of recreation.
Georgia Organics (GO)
1. Through GO’s work, 40 School Districts in Georgia Pledged to Serve Local Food.
2. More than 2,200 Georgians shopped at a farmers market for the first time through GO.
3. At least 1,300 farmers, healthcare advocates, gardeners, and food lovers united under the “Farm Rx: A Prescription for Better Health” banner at GO’s annual conference.
Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF)
1. GWF, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, planned and implemented two highly successful Georgia’s Camp Charlie events at the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and at the Alcovy Conservation Center in Covington.
2. WF welcomed more than 4,000 visitors to the Mill Creek Nature Center in Buford, GA, hosted 10 educational events and provided access to view wildlife and wetlands.
3. As a founding member of the Georgia Water Coalition, GWF actively worked with the Coalition Leadership team to advocate for responsible management, protection, and conservation of Georgia’s precious water resources.
1. GreenLaw stopped a proposed 850-megawatt coal fired plant in Ben Hill County on April 9, 2012, which would have added pollutants to downstream and upwind communities as well as require extensive hydrologic resources.
2. GreenLaw intervened in Georgia Power Company's Integrated Resource Plan before the Public Service Commission, pushing for greater use of renewable energy, particularly wind. Shortly after filing our case, Georgia Power announced that our state will - for the first time - add 250 megawatts of wind energy purchased from the Midwest to our energy mix.
3. GreenLaw formed the Georgia Environmental Justice Alliance with key community and environmental groups to address pollution in low-income communities.
Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS)
1. Nearly 65,000 visitors from 119 counties across Georgia visited and learned through environmental educational programs at MAS.
2. MAS expanded its educational program for adults and seniors by developing a new collaborative program with a local college and retirement community, highlighting the nature trail and gardens.
3. MAS partnered with the Bibb County Earth Day celebration to conduct events encouraging youth to learn about water quality and conservation.
The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Chapter TNC)
1. In the last year, TNC brought the number of acres protected along the Chattahoochee Fall Line in west central Georgia to 23,000, a linkage that creates a new contiguous 4000-acre conservation tract, protecting important wildlife habitat and endangered species.
2. TNC also set a new record for prescribed fire on the Fall Line in a single year, with over 3,800 acres treated using this critical habitat restoration and management technique.
3. TNC’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program grew in Georgia in 2012. Students from Arabia Mountain High School were selected to travel to several states for a month-long paid internship; they cared for Conservancy lands and learned about careers in conservation. The program was featured in an article in the New York Times.
Park Pride (PP)
1. Park Pride's Community Grants Programs awarded $760,000 to community groups for capital improvements int he City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks.
2. Park Pride's Park Visioning Program leveraged over $3 million toward implementing its 27 Conceptual Master Plans.
3. Park Pride's Volunteer Program facilitated over 17,000 hours of volunteer service in parks which is valued at over $360,000.
Reynolds Nature Preserve (RNP)
1. Donations raised through EarthShare of Georgia purchased a historic fire tower which will be erected on the site where it stood 100 years ago as well as maintain a honeybee observation within RNP.
2. At least twenty local environmental organizations set up booths at the 4th Annual Wild Azalea Festival, which explores outdoor opportunities in Georgia, attracting hundreds of visitors to RNP.
Savannah Riverkeeper (SRK)
1. Savannah Riverkeeper, in conjunction with two other organizations, was awarded $43 Million worth of restoration to the river from a lawsuit over the Harbor Deepening in Savannah.
2. SRK reported a victory with its long-standing public opposition of Olin Corporation’s excessive mercury deposition into the Savannah River.
3. Planning is underway for the opening of the Savannah Riverkeeper Education Center.
The Sierra Club Foundation, Georgia Chapter (GSC)
1. In February, at least 40,000 activists, as well as 190 GA Chapter members, rallied in Washington, DC demanding national action on climate change.
2. Members of Sierra Club Cobb County Centennial Group were awarded for their exceptional work establishing chemical, bacterial, and biological monitoring volunteers with 324 Adopt-A-Stream monitoring events since 2004 at Rottenwood Creek.
3. Atlanta's Inner City Outings volunteers lead over 26 outings for underserved youth in the past year, including three overnighters to Cumberland Island, Panther Creek, and Fort Yargo!
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)
1. SACE opened the only state of the art biodiesel fueling station in Atlanta this past June. The station produces locally with 100% renewable, solar power in the most environmentally, sustainable way possible.
2. SACE and their allies won major victories in the effort to stop the proposed coal-fired power Plants Washington and Ben Hill. This victory means that Plant Ben Hill has been cancelled; mercury emissions from Plant Washington have even stronger limits.
3. SACE collaborated with diverse community groups to educate and activate Georgia citizens about the disproportionate impacts of energy choices, including co-hosting a forum with the Atlanta Black Nurses Association to raise awareness about solutions and opportunities to expand clean energy in Georgia.
Southface Energy Institute (SF)
1. The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) enlisted 60+ commercial building owners who committed to save 20 percent on energy and water use by 2020; ABBC was able to secure over 50 million sq. ft. worth of pledges.
2. Southface launched the www.georgiaenergydata.org website, an interactive website that provides critical information on the state of Georgia’s installed solar capacity on a county-by-county level.
3. Southface’s EarthCraft program certified more than 6,000 homes in 2012, which represents 25% of the 25,000 certifications that have been conducted since the start of the program in 1999.
Trees Atlanta (TA)
1. Over the last year, Trees Atlanta planted more than 7,900 trees and seedlings bringing our organization’s total number of trees planted to 96,000 since 1985. Not only does TA plant trees, but they also typically provide maintenance for 2-5 years which helps ensure the survivability of our trees. Tress Atlanta plants them not only to survive, but to thrive, which is why the canopy inside the city has been so dense.
2. More than 700 trees, representing at least 60 different species, were planted along Atlanta Beltline Arboretum on the Eastside Trail by Trees Atlanta.
3. More than 3,000 students from 16 different schools are now being educated through Trees Atlanta’s environmental education program focusing on trees and plants, but integrating architecture, history, and art.
Trout Unlimited- GA Chapter (TU)
1. At TU’s annual Trout Camp for boys and girls in Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, 24 young people participated in different enrichment exercises on watersheds, stream entomology, conservation, protection, raising trout, fly casting, and many other activities.
2. A new program was created by TU to identify impoundments within primary trout streams. The program uses thermographs to analyze variation in water temperature to make sure the outflow temperature is not raised because it could be detrimental to trout populations.
The Trust for Public Land, Georgia Chapter (TPL)
1. The Trust for Public Land partnered with Columbus State University on an economic impact study that led to the creation of a master plan for a 52 mile blueway from West Point, Georgia to Columbus.
2. In 2012, The Trust for Public Land celebrated its key role in acquiring greenspace for the BeltLine by hosting its 40th Anniversary Event on land we purchased from Cox Enterprises that became the Historic 4th Ward Skate Park and we honored Cox Chairman, Jim Kennedy at that event.
3. The Trust for Public Land acquired 22 acres along the pristine Soque River in north Georgia, which will provide a new public access point to the Tray Mountain Wilderness Area and will help protect the water quality of this local trout stream.
Wilderness Southeast (WiSE)
1. WiSE provided 4,000 hands-on hours of science enrichment to underserved public school 6th graders. Program topics included ecology, importance of water quality, as well as the interdependence of earth and life science.
2. At least 1,340 adults completed 1 coastal ecology program exploring coastal/wetland habitats and multidisciplinary science topics through WiSE.
3. WiSE assisted educational outreach about sustainability to international students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).