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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.

Cobb saves money and helps environment with conservation

Cobb saves money and helps environment with conservation

Cobb County is committed to energy efficiency and has taken many proactive steps to conserve natural resources and cut energy costs. A recent analysis showed electric energy savings for 25 completed projects of more than 2.28 million kilowatt hours for the months reported, which projects to a reduction of more than 4.6 million kilowatt hours annually. This is about 16 percent of the prior year's usage.

Energy bills were reduced almost $110,000 for the reported period, or almost $217,000 for a full year. Electricity usage and costs were down in every facility. Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be reduced by more than 7.4 million pounds annually from the reported electric savings. This is equivalent to removing 655 vehicles from Georgia roads

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.

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:

Keep Smyrna Beautiful named top 'Keep Georgia' affiliate

Keep Smyrna Beautiful named top 'Keep Georgia' affiliate

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Keep Smyrna Beautiful has placed first in the 2011 Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards program, the group announced Monday.

In addition, the organization won the Top Nonprofit Community Improvement Project award for its Community Garden. Angie Bolton, a tireless volunteer for the program, received the Carolyn Crayton Award for Georgia's female volunteer of the year.

Keep Smyrna Beautiful even received national recognition; it placed second in the Keep America Beautiful contest for cities with populations of 50,000 to 200,000.

For more than 30 years, Keep Georgia Beautiful has honored ongoing efforts in community improvement, waste reduction and recycling, litter prevention and volunteer work.

Learn more about Keep Smyrna Beautiful

Cobb County Shredding Day is free and safe way to dispose of documents

Cobb County Shredding Day is free and safe way to dispose of documents

Keep Cobb Beautiful is partnering with Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Keep Marietta Beautiful and Keep Powder Springs Beautiful to host a Document Shredding Day 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 22. The event is free and an excellent opportunity for residents to securely dispose household papers. Each car is limited to 100 pounds of documents to be shredded and only paper products will be accepted. The event locations are:

  • Keep Cobb Beautiful:
    Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta
  • Keep Smyrna Beautiful:
    Wolfe Adult Rec Center, 884 Church St., Smyrna
  • Keep Marietta Beautiful:
    Marietta city limits, 591 N.