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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:

Remember to recycle after the holidays this year

Remember to recycle after the holidays this year

Gwinnett -  As the holidays approach, Gwinnett County is reminding all of its residents that they should be recycling all of their left-over packaging from the holidays.  During Christmas most people generate trash bags full of wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, plastic and more.  Even the Christmas tree itself should be disposed of and recycled in the correct way.

As the holidays approach, remember to give a gift to the environment. In addition to your regular recyclables, many holiday items can be collected curbside. Examples include but are not limited to: wrapping paper (no plastic or foil varieties) and wrapping paper cores, gift bags, greeting cards, aluminum baking tins, beverage containers (some plastics, aluminum, and glass), and catalogs, plus most boxes and cardboard containers. Be sure to break down the cardboard before putting it out to be recycled.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Gwinnett celebrates America Recycles Day

Gwinnett celebrates America Recycles Day

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett officials are planning the county's second annual America Recycles Day celebration.

Hosted by the Gwinnett County Solid Waste Division, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves.

"This event emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability for the future of Gwinnett County, in addition to giving back to those in need," said Tom Keith, director of the Solid Waste Division.

In addition to recycling, paper shredding, tire disposal and electronics turn-in, the celebration will include touch-a-truck displays, family activities, giveaways and refreshments. There will be a $10 fee to recycle televisions; everything else is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food for the Salvation Army.

Coolray Field is located at 1 Braves Avenue in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center holds Sustainable Gingerbread House competition

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center holds Sustainable Gingerbread House competition

Gwinnett County - for the 2nd time the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is holding a community gingerbread house competition.  The competition is open to families, schools, adults, and even professional bakers. There are different categories for each to keep the judging fair. Wouldn't you like to be a judge... More info is in the press release below:

Green Gingerbread Houses - is there such a thing? Who doesn’t love making adorable gingerbread houses with the family or looking at the intricate works of professional gingerbread house architects?

“Imagine building your dream house with all the sustainable features possible.

Norcross Clean-Up and Recycling Event Planned

Norcross Clean-Up and Recycling Event Planned

City of Norcross, GA - October 15, 2011, is this year’s fall recycling event in Norcross’ downtown area. Five sites near City Hall stage opportunities for recycling paint and electronics, and shredding documents. In addition, city officials are asking visitors to donate to the “CAN” Do for Hunger Food Drive, a county-wide initiative to fill the shelves of local food pantries.

Clean-up Day is a great reason to clean out garages and basements – throw out anything that’s not a hazardous material. (Open to City of Norcross residents only – new location – the Public Works Barn located at 345 Lively St.) 8am to 3pm. This event is free.

Electronics Recycling means pack rats can get rid of old cell phones, computers and keyboards without guilt!