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Georgia Trend gives overview of the 2nd Annual Corporate Forum
Looking for ways to engage employees in your corporate sustainability efforts? A number of companies recently participated in the EarthShare of Georgia and the Green Chamber of the South’s second annual Corporate Forum: Integrating Employee Engagement with Corporate Sustainability Goals at Cox Enterprises in Dunwoody to discuss just those topics. Participating companies included Cox Enterprises, UPS, Park Pride, Newell Brands, Hannah Solar and Partnership for Southern Equity. Company representatives took the opportunity to discuss employee volunteer successes and strategies for better community engagement. Click here.
A Q & A with BeltLine Visionary Ryan Gravel
Congratulations on your book, “Where We Want to Live,” which came out last month. For those not living in Atlanta or too young to remember as the BeltLine was becoming a reality, this is a good history. What are your goals with publishing the book? For the full article, pages 13-15, click here.
WSB-TV: “One on One”
Earth Day Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker, Ryan Gravel, talks “One on One” with Jocelyn Dorsey.
Watch the segment, here.
Earth Day raffle and auction in Atlanta
By Chris Wyatt for AJC.com, 4/19/2016 — Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day — April 22 — has been on a worldwide mission to promote a healthy, sustainable environment that protects Earth for future generations. According to Earth Day Network, the official Earth Day organization, 1 billion people in the world participate in Earth Day activities.
So what better way to celebrate love for the planet than a little environmentally-conscious shopping? For the full article, click here.
Celebrating A Culture of Collaboration & Earth Month
By John Ahern, Park Pride’s Volunteer Manager for SaportaReport.com, 4/18/2016 — Every spring, I am reminded of what a wonderful city Atlanta is. Not just because we’re the “city in the trees” and the redbuds, dogwoods and magnolias add color and flair to our everyday lives. Atlanta is an amazing city because of its culture of partnerships and collaboration for the sake of doing good. For the full article, click here.
Sustainable Georgia: A Lot to Celebrate
Ben Young, Georgia Trend, 4/2016 — Happy Earth Day, Georgia! This month, dozens of Earth Day celebrations (the official day is April 22) will take place across the state. And this year, there’s lots to celebrate as sustainability has become an increasingly important part of growing our economy in both urban and rural areas of Georgia.
Sustainable Georgia: Gaining Some Green
Ben Young, Georgia Trend, 04/2015– Clean-energy firms have exploded in Georgia, providing more than twice as many full-time jobs in 2014 than in 2013, according to the 2014 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census recently published by Southface.
Today, 678 clean energy firms provide 19,633 full-time jobs in the Peach State – almost the same as the number of active physicians working here. The industry generates more than $2.9 billion in annual gross revenue and includes building efficiency, renewable energy, geothermal, smart grid, energy storage, fuel cell and alternative vehicle fuel sectors.
It’s no secret that 2014 was a breakthrough year for solar. The Public Service Commission approved more than 600 megawatts of new solar capacity. Solar companies provided 2,683 full-time jobs and $610 million in gross revenue. Georgia Power entered power purchase agreements for 10 solar facilities with a combined capacity of 515 MW.
For the full article, click here.
Christmas Trees Get New Life As Mulch
Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, 1/9/2015– What do you do with your old Christmas Tree?
Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful and the Macon Riverside Optimists Club encouraged citizens to “Bring One For The Chipper”, and receive a new tree in it’s place.
“Today is our annual recycling event, where people can bring their undecorated Christmas trees down to Central City Park. And when you bring a tree in we’re giving away Cherry Blossoms, Maraschino Cherry Tree Saplings, Northern Red Oaks, and Dogwood trees.” says Pam Carswell with the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission, “They come in the bags and we even give you directions how to plant your trees.”
For the full article, click here.
Channel 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land Announce Finalists for Atlanta’s 2014 Cox Conserves Heroes Program
Trust for Public Land, 10/6/2014– Channel 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land today announced Joy Carter, Barry Henson, and Bob Scott as finalists for Atlanta’s 2014 Cox Conserves Heroes program. Voting is open to the general public through November 3 at www.wsbtv.com/coxconservesheroes.
The program recognizes volunteers who are creating or preserving outdoor spaces. A judging panel of civic and environmental leaders selected the three finalists. The winner will receive $10,000 to donate to his or her selected nonprofit beneficiary, and the finalists each will receive $2,500 for their nonprofits of choice.
Joy Carter helps protect and preserve Southeast Atlanta’s Constitution Lakes Park. Her volunteer workdays make the 125-acre park safer and cleaner. She also volunteers for the Atlanta Audubon Society and coordinates the annual Christmas Bird Count, providing critical data for local bird conservation programs…
To read the full article, click here.
30 Georgia School districts Honored with the
Golden Radish Award
Georgia Organics, 10/6/2014– We had a great time this morning at the state capitol honoring some real farm to school heroes from all over Georgia with the Golden Radish Awards. (You may remember them from last year!)
In this second year of the Golden Radish Awards, 30 school districts were honored by Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, State Nutrition Director Nancy Rice and Agriculture Education Coordinator Chip Bridges of the Department of Education, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney for their extraordinary work in farm to school.
During the 2013-2014 school year, these farm to school programs:
- Served local food in school meals over 1,240 times
- Held 3,864 taste tests of fresh, local food to students
- Taught nearly 700 garden, food and nutrition lessons to students
- Tended 255 edible school gardens
- Hosted 370 hands-on cooking activities with students
- Incorporated farm to school into 115 staff professional development opportunities
- 13 schools districts have farm to school incorporated into a district-wide policy or procedure
Call to action-Contact Council members to support a safer, saner Peachtree Road
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, 10/2014–Peachtree Road is overdue for an overhaul. A proposal from the Buckhead CID could transform it into a safer, saner street for all modes of travel. Yet some long-time residents like those pictured below (image credit: Buckhead View) are opposed to the project on the grounds they believe it will push more cars onto neighborhood streets.
Atlanta City Council members representing the district are hearing from them. Some have even contacted the Governor! Will they hear from you???
Please contact at-large council member Mary Norwood (email, twitter) to ask for her support. She’s a strong neighborhood advocate so let her know how this will benefit the neighborhoods. Currently, she is on record as opposing the project.
Combined with neighborhood traffic calming measures, this project represents the best hope for taming Peachtree Road.
The Picnic for Parks Celebrates Park Pride’s 25th Anniversary
Park Pride, 9/16/2014– Park Pride, an Atlanta-based nonprofit working with communities to improve parks and greenspace in their neighborhoods, is commemorating its 25th Anniversary at The Picnic for Parks. The event, expected to draw 500 attendees, will recognize the corporate volunteers who have aided the organization in reaching over 500,000 service hours improving parks.
The Picnic for Parks will be held in Historic Fourth Ward Park on Thursday, September 18 from 7-9pm. Honorary co-chairs, Frank & Liz Blake and Michael & Lovette Russell, will oversee the festivities centered around a “southern picnic supper,” prepared by Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Chef Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Chef Holly Chute of Georgia Grown, and Chef Scott Serpas of Serpas Restaurant.
“On September 18, Park Pride begins the next chapter in its 25-year history of providing the programs, funding and leadership to engage communities all over Atlanta and Dekalb in developing and enhancing parks and greenspaces,” says Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki. “We see The Picnic as a chance to energize current supporters and to reach out to a whole new wave of park enthusiasts that care about parks and greenspace as much as we do.”
For the full release, click here.
Oily Asphalt Material Flows to River; CRK Goes to Court
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, 08/2014– Thanks to a citizen who contacted CRK’s Hotline, we learned that American Sealcoat Manufacturing, an asphalt manufacturing and distribution facility in Fulton County, has been discharging stormwater polluted with petroleum products and other chemicals into a stream less than 1,000 feet from the Chattahoochee River.
Despite our repeated offers to work amicably with the facility owners to bring them into compliance with clean water laws, our efforts were rejected.
During a follow-up site visit, we found the facility discharging oily asphalt sealing material directly into a tributary to the river. (Click here to see video.) We notified the Georgia Environmental Protection Division which conducted an inspection the next day and has initiated an enforcement action.
On July 30, CRK filed a complaint and petition for injunctive relief in federal district court against American Sealcoat. Our goal is to bring this facility into compliance with the law by installing best management practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and removing all asphalt materials deposited downstream of the facility.
Public Outcry Against Proposed Mine Continues to Grow, Mining Company Withdraws Permit Application
GreenLaw, JESUP, GA – After hundreds of local residents, conservation groups, and elected officials expressed concerns around a proposed mining operation that would cover over 4,000 acres in Wayne County and threaten nearby watersheds, DuPont Titanium Technologies has withdrawn its application for a surface mining permit with the Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
“Members of the Jesup community have been upfront about their apprehensions around the project, and it is now evident that DuPont hears them loud and clear,” said Bill Sapp, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. “DuPont must account for these concerns with stronger protections for wetlands and other vital waters the community depends on before moving forward.”
The Southern Environmental Law Center, GreenLaw, Altamaha Riverkeeper, and Satilla Riverkeeper recently filed comments to the proposed permit and attended the first public meeting called by the Concerned Neighbors of Wayne County last week. Under DuPont’s withdrawn application, the mining process to extract titanium and other hard metals would destroy over 190 acres of wetlands and compromise water quality in the Altamaha and Satilla watersheds, as well as numerous ponds and shallow wells used by local residents…
For the full article, click here.