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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.

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’ next Neighborhood Clean-up & Recycling Day is Saturday

Norcross’ next Neighborhood Clean-up & Recycling Day is Saturday

 

City of Norcross, Georgia - 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.

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.

SustainableGwinnett | Tips for environmentally safe Spring cleaning

Gwinnett County -- Sustainable Gwinnett is concerned about managing hazardous household waste within Gwinnett County.  Throughout the year they hold workshops and sponsor recycling events.  They are currently offering tips for a clean and safe Spring Cleaning.

Spring is quickly approaching, and along with warmer weather comes spring cleaning. This is a good time to get to the back of the closet or to that top shelf to clear out the old and make way for the new. Now that everything has been sorted in the keep, donate, and throw away piles, what do you do with the stuff that you can't put in the garbage, like that half-used can of flamingo pink paint or old batteries from your Walkman?  

Electronic recycling event today in Norcross

Electronic recycling event today in Norcross

Norcross - (submitted by Lisa Patterson)  Atlanta based Street GRACE (Galvanizing Resources Against Child Exploitation) is an alliance of Christian churches, community partners, and volunteers dedicated to supporting, enlarging, and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Street GRACE mobilizes the resources within the community — financial, human and material — toward those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated effectiveness in battling CSEC in the areas of advocacy, aftercare and mentoring. Many times when we hear stories of children forced into prostitution, we assume that this happens in a far away country, but the numbers are staggering that these horrible crimes take place here in our own backyards. A CSEC demand study showed that over 400 adolescent females are prostituted each month in Georgia.

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.