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Eagle Scout beautifies Gwinnett Tech

Eagle Scout beautifies Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County Eagle Scout used his project to overhaul the landscaping at Gwinnett Technical College.

Brian Dalrymple is a junior at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton and a member of BSA Troop 1534 from Buford. His father Allan is program director of Gwinnett Tech's Emergency Services Education program.

Dalrymple and members of his troop planted 21 trees and 1,400 plants on the Gwinnett Tech campus. The Eagle Scout's plan was designed to minimize the heat island effect on the school's grounds, according to Gwinnett Tech spokesperson Dana Urrutia.

Urrutia said a heat island is created when open land and vegetation are replaced with roads and buildings. Effects of a heat island include increased energy costs and air pollution.

Dalrymple and Gwinnett Tech grounds manager Gail Zorn spent three weeks planning and planting the project. Thanks to his hard work, Dalrymple officially became an Eagle Scout in December.

Two cities earn Green Communities certification

Two cities earn Green Communities certification

ATLANTA -- Douglasville and Milton have joined Kennesaw and Gwinnett County as Georgia jurisdictions what have earned Green Communities certification.

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the communities were certified based on their leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

The certification was presented in a board meeting on Wednesday, the ARC reported. Since the program began four years ago, 18 jurisdictions have been certified.

Owner of Simon Property Group recognized by CDP for climate change disclosure

Owner of Simon Property Group recognized by CDP for climate change disclosure

ATLANTA -- Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the world’s leading retail real estate company, recently announced two awards recognizing its commitment to sustainability issues.

Atlanta-area Simon properties include Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb.

For the second consecutive year, SPG has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with inclusion in its select Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Yet again in 2012, SPG was the only real estate company to be awarded the CDLI distinction.

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Georgians for Pastured Poultry (GPP), an alliance that is promoting the use of high-welfare, pasture raised poultry in Georgia, has created Pastured Poultry Week to take place Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

As part of this annual event, Atlanta restaurants will help spread the word about the many virtues of pastured poultry – its superior taste, the natural life of the chickens, and the positive impact on both human health and the health of the environment – by serving it on their menus every day during this designated week. Additionally, chef demonstrations at local farmers markets throughout the spring and summer will educate consumers on ways to prepare pastured poultry in order to continue raising awareness.

Participating restaurants include:

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

Celebrate Earth Day | April 14

Celebrate Earth Day | April 14

 

Come celebrate America Recycles Day with the Gwinnett County Solid Waste Division on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 2:00pm at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves. This free event will feature paper shredding, household battery and paint collection (limit 5 one-gallon cans per vehicle; dried-up paint is acceptable), kids' activities, and more!

Calling all volunteers!

Norcross Recycling Day offers green opportunity to shred dump & donate

Norcross Recycling Day offers green opportunity to shred dump & donate

NORCROSS --  Saturday, April 7th is Norcross’ next Neighborhood Clean-up & Recycling Day, sponsored by the City of Norcross. Beginning as early as 8am, the City offers residents and visitors the opportunity to shred, dump, donate and unload unwanted materials with the assurance that all items will be properly recycled. There are different locations for each event, and volunteers on hand to help unload donations.

In 2011, Norcross was recognized as a Gold Level Award winner by the Atlanta Regional Commission for its exemplary efforts to implement sustainable initiatives into active community practices.