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Join the Beltline Bike Tour on Saturday

Join the Beltline Bike Tour on Saturday

Atlanta --  Atlanta is getting a makeover and The BeltLine Bike Tour wants to tell you ALL about it! Presented by Environs Residential, the BeltLine Bike Tour is an annual group ride for Georgians near and far to learn about our city’s scheduled makeover. Anyone can participate. There are short, medium and full-length routes planned to suit all ages and cycling levels.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

System Design and Install by Radiance Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Radiance Solar have announced the completion of a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solar array at the Food Bank’s midtown headquarters. The ACFB has distributed food and grocery products to partner nonprofits throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia for nearly 32 years, and is now poised to be an important partner in the fight against rising energy costs.

The Food Bank’s solar system, Powered by Suniva™, is one of the largest roof-mounted PV arrays in the state of Georgia.  The array consists of over 174 high-powered solar panels manufactured by Norcross-based Suniva. The 42kW solar array is expected to produce 58,000 kWh every year, all of which will be fed back into Georgia Power’s electric-grid as a part of their Green Energy Buyback Program.

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

As we head into summer, hard pressed consumers need to save on energy costs while they keep their homes comfortable during hot weather. Here are some simple and effective ways to reduce summer energy bills from the weatherization experts at NRGSVRS (www.nrgsvrs.com):

 

1. Seal the deal. Inspect the areas around your doors, between the crown molding and ceiling, inside closets and at the seams around your floors. If you see light coming from the outside or feel any air seeping through these areas, it is time for sealing those drafts! Weather stripping and caulking or using spray foam (be careful: it expands) can significantly cut down on wasted, cooled air in your home!

 

2. Bring out the blankets. It’s summer, so do we need blankets? We are talking about blankets of insulation!

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.

How to make a difference this Earth Day

How to make a difference this Earth Day

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, you  may be wondering what you can do to help support the environment. Here are some simple suggestions on how to give back to Mother Earth. If everyone adopts a few of these simple life changes – we can all make a difference this Earth Day.

  • Save Water: Skip pre-washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher – which could save up to 12.5 gallons of water a week. Skip the head-dry cycle and air-dry dishes.
  • Reduce Waste: Opt for a faucet or pitcher water filter rather than buying bottled water – which could keep thousands of water bottles out of landfills and save $600 a year per household. 
  • Save Energy: Wash laundry in cold water – which could save up to 80% of the energy used per load. Skip the dryer and opt to hang-drying laundry.

Downtown Neighborhood Assoc. and Councilman Hall hold Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday

Downtown Neighborhood Assoc. and Councilman Hall hold Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday

DOWNTOWN --  Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall has first dibs on the power washer and the street vacuum when the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association (ADNA) hosts its Earth Day spring cleanup on Saturday, April 16.

Downtown residents will lead teams of volunteers for a morning of mulching, flower planting, graffiti removal, and tackling other small projects identified by those who live Downtown.

“Come on Downtown and meet the neighbors,” said Hall, whose Council District 2 includes Downtown Atlanta. “One of the unique features of this cleanup is the opportunity for volunteers from other parts of the city to meet Downtown residents and learn more about Downtown living.”

The Downtown Earth Day cleanup is the brainchild of the ADNA’s Quality of Life Team, a group of Downtown residents who meet regularly to address issues that affect the everyday lives of residents, employees, and visitors.

Earth Day Collection at Turner Field – Sat, April 23

This year, the City of Atlanta’s Electronics Recycling Day, will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Turner Field (Gold Lot). The first 100 cars will receive a free one-gallon can of Legacy Recycled Paint and will have the opportunity to win a free rain barrel.


The goal of this initiative is to promote the recycling of obsolete electronic equipment and to encourage reuse of latex paint. During the event neighborhood groups will also have the opportunity to acquire 5-Gallon containers of paint for neighborhood projects. This opportunity is for city of Atlanta Neighborhood Associations and Community Groups that serve within Atlanta City.