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Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Special Holiday Camp for Kids so Parents can go shop

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Special Holiday Camp for Kids so Parents can go shop

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by GEHC)  

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping but don’t want to drag the kids along with you to the mall?  No need to worry.  Drop off your kids at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) for a special Green Living Kids program on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  You can also do some shopping for those special loved ones at the GEHC Green Your Holiday Event on the same day.

The Green Living Kids program is for ages 4 – 9 and will be conducted in two sessions. (10 AM until Noon and 1 PM until 3:00 PM).

The City of Norcross and 4 others will be recognized for its Sustainability Programs

The City of Norcross and 4 others will be recognized for its Sustainability Programs

Atlanta, GA--  – Three counties and five cities in the Atlanta region are the latest jurisdictions to earn Green Communities certification for leadership in reducing their environmental impact. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will present certifications to local officials at its December 1 board meeting.

The cities of Alpharetta and Decatur will become the first communities in the region to attain Gold certification for their sustainability initiatives. The City of Norcross will be recognized for its achievement of Silver certification. Five communities will receive Bronze certification – Cherokee, Fulton and Gwinnett counties and the cities of Dunwoody and Woodstock.

Changes for Gwinnett County Water Rules

During a recent meeting, Gwinnett commissioners voted to change a law on water conservation to meet rules set this year by the state legislature. The 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB 370) requires local governments to adopt certain provisions by Jan. 1, 2011.

Water Resources Acting Director Lynn Smarr said the new regulations are necessary because Georgia needs to continue to preserve our water resources for now and future generations. The new ordinance allows outdoor watering for certain purposes seven days a week during non-drought periods but not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Uses allowed include irrigation for planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants.

Certain uses are unrestricted including commercial operations, personal food gardens, filling swimming pools, hand watering with a hose, soaker hoses, watering crops and recreation areas, and using reclaimed or well water.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts a Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition 11/30

Atlanta, GA--  As part of its December Green Holiday Program, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) will host a Sustainable Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. Designers (Kid designers and professionals welcome) will create environmentally-friendly houses out of edible materials that highlight sustainability and green building design. 

At least three sustainable building elements must be included in the design of the gingerbread house, such as solar panels, rain barrels, green roof, windmills, etc. Participants may use a traditional gingerbread recipe, a recipe for dog biscuits, bird seed cakes, or any other edible product. (Suggested recipes can be found on www.gwinnettEHC.org.) The structure can also include birdseed, pinecones, leaves, twigs… anything from nature.

Gwinnett County boasts Great Parks

Gwinnett County seems to be racking up the accolades, the latest being recognized as the number one park agency in the state serving populations of 80,001+ by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association.

As one of the fastest growing, aging and culturally diverse counties in the state, Gwinnett has experienced unparalleled growth in population, diversity and economic challenges over the past year and has risen to this challenge through fostering public/private partnerships, tapping alternative funding mechanism, creative planning, design and development and with citizen involvement and input.

This award demonstrates excellence in citizen involvement and support systems, long-range planning, fiscal resource management, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, technological integration, program planning and assessment.

For more information on Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, call 770.822.8840 or visit www.

Creatures of the Night Festival, 2-5 p.m.

According to the people of Gwinnett, the woods of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) come alive at night. On Friday, October 23th, from 2-5 p.m. experience the Creatures of the Night Festival and the many environmentally focused tips they’re offering residents who want to have a “green” Halloween.

During this festival, nocturnal animals and their adaptations will woo crowds and entertain participants.

It’s one day, FOUR GREAT EVENTS!

Atlanta, GA--  Saturday, October 9th, is Norcross’ - RECYCLE AND CLEAN-UP EVENTS DAY.

First, it’s Clean-up Day, a great reason for Norcross residents to clean out garages or attics – throw out anything that’s not a hazardous material (open to City of Norcross residents only).  The rest of the recycling events are open to the public, so no matter where you live, find the service that best fits your needs and plan to come out.

The second recycling service (open to the public) is for Electronics Recycling, which allows “pack rats” to get rid of old cell phones, computers, keyboards, and more without guilt! Due to the number of requests, the city is now allowing television recycling  - which is the only thing there is a charge for - $10.00  (EXCEPT CONSOLE AND PROJECTION).