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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.

FMSA Sponsors E-Recycling

First Montessori School of Atlanta has partnered with Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful and the City of Sandy Springs to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Event, scheduled April 21-27 at the school. These are popular events where residents can dispose of computers, radios, monitors and other electronic equipment.

"This is a great opportunity for people to get rid of obsolete electronic equipment," said FMSA's Head of School Jerri King. "Electronic waste counts for more than 50 percent of toxic materials in our landfills. By disposing of this material properly, we can significantly reduce those numbers."

People can drop off items at the First Montessori School of Atlanta Pavilion, located at 5750 Long Island Drive, during the following times:

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - noon

Monday - Friday, April 23-27, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Fulton County Seeks Nominees for Environmental Awards

The Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment (FCCCE) is seeking nominations of environmental advocates and environmental projects that exemplify environmentally-sound practices to be recognized at its annual Environmental Awards Program on April 18, 2012.  All nomination entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 13, 2012.

All submissions will be evaluated in one of the following categories:

  • Environmental Advocate -  Individual in Fulton County who supports activities that  protect the environment and exemplify environmentally sound practices
  • Best Development Development in Fulton County that implements proactive and Innovative  best management practices
  • Environmental Program Fulton County programs that focus on environmental awareness and pollution prevention

One award will be presented in the E

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include:

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

Georgia Power CEO to speak at 2nd Annual Global Gateway Event and International Awards

Georgia Power CEO to speak at 2nd Annual Global Gateway Event and International Awards

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – Purchase your tickets, now, for the 2nd Annual Global Gateway Event and International Awards at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit. The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.

The Global Gateway Award recognizes local leaders in the arena of international business, education and culture. The CEO of Georgia Power Paul Bowers is delivering the keynote address at this affair.

Panelists for this event, include:

Edward Lindsey of the Georgia House of Representative

Tamer Cavusgil of the Center for International Business, Education & Research at the Robinson College of Business

Vance Smith of the Georgia Department of Transportation

Jackie Parker of Newell-Rubbermaid Foundation

Tickets to the event are $75 each for members and $100 for non-members.