Thursday, May 9, 2013
Gwinnett Department of Water Resources to host open house at Shoal Creek Water Filter Plant in Buford.
Thursday, May 9
Ever wonder how clean drinking water gets to your home? The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will celebrate National Drinking Water Week with an open house at the Shoal Creek Water Filter Plant in Buford Saturday, May 11. This free, family-friendly celebration will give residents an opportunity to learn about their water quality and how it is delivered to their homes. The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature children’s activities, arts and crafts, and free refreshments. In addition, residents will be invited to tour the Shoal Creek facility to see how their drinking water is processed. The host location is 1755 Buford Dam Road in Buford. “National Drinking Water Week provides an excellent time …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
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Thursday, May 2
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of …
Friday, April 26, 2013
GCPS will split a $10,000 prize with Cobb County's Ford Elementary.
Gwinnett County Public Schools is among the nation's first school districts to be awarded a sustainability award from the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement came this week to coincide with Earth Day. In addition to Gwinnett County's honor, Ford Elementary in Cobb County was named a 2013 national Green Ribbon School. For their outstanding green principles, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and Ford Elementary will split $10,000 in award money from the Turner Foundation. "We are so proud that once again a Georgia school has been named a National Green Ribbon School,” said State School Superintendent John Barge. "We are equally proud of Gwinnett County Public Schools for being named as one of the first National Green Ribbon …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center hosting an Earth Day Festival April 20, 10- 3 p.m.
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Friday, April 19
The Earth Day Festival at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) will be held April 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come explore the science of sustainability in GEHC's green building. Activities include: guided hikes, green building tours, scavenger hunt for kids, games, crafts, face painting, organic popcorn, family fun and worm discoveries. Meet Owlbert the Great Horned Owl for a special presentation at 11 a.m. only. Visitors can also enjoy the Peanuts...Naturally exhibit with Charlie Brown and the gang. Keep up with community news, sign up for Peachtree Corners Patch newsletter:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Each year since 1969, April 22 has been recognized as a day to focus on ways to support and protect our environment.
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Wednesday, April 17
Many in Peachtree Corners are already aware that next Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day, the day set aside to focus on ways to protect the valuable resources of this planet that we all depend upon. As part of the focus on our planet, Danielle Nierenberg, founder of Food Tank, an organization that looks for solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty, offers a list of healthy ways to eat and support our environment at the same time. Here are 13 recommendations from Food Tank for ways to support the future of food, health, and agriculture: Eat more colors The colors of fruits and vegetables are signs of nutritional content. A richly-colored red tomato has high levels of carotenoids such as …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The free event is part of an Earth Day 2013 celebration in Gwinnett.
Peachtree Corners residents are you doing some spring cleaning? Gwinnett is offering a chance to recycle that old stuff this weekend at Coolray Field. According to a Gwinnett County news release, the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials’ Earth Day celebration will be Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event is free, and includes paper shredding, electronics recycling ($10 cash charge to recycle TVs), tire recycling (limit eight tires per vehicle, no dealer tires) and paint collection (limit five one-gallon paint cans per vehicle; no paint thinners, stains, spackle, oil paint cans, rusted paint cans or dried-up paint). Paint will be donated to Global Paint for Charity, an Atlanta-based nonprofit. “We’ve been able to recycle more …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
One in every 10 homes has a leak according to EPA which is sponsoring Fix a Leak Week to call attention to the issue.
Peachtree Corners homeowners, do you have a dripping faucet that you've not taken the time to repair? If so, it could be costing you more than you realize. "Easy-to-fix household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, which is equal to the amount of water used by more than 11 million homes," said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Acting Administrator for the Office of Water Nancy Stoner. The organization is sponsoring Fix a Leak Week to bring attention to both homeowners and businesses on the importance of keeping faucets in good repair. "We’re not just wasting water; families also lose money from leaks with higher utility bills. That’s why Fix a Leak Week is so important, and why we encourage …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The county's public schools lead the nation for K-12 building space that is ENERGY STAR-certified.
Gwinnett County Public Schools has been named a "Green Ribbon District" and chosen to represent the state in a national program that highlights positive environmental practices. One school, Ford Elementary in Cobb County, also was chosen. They will now compete in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Green Ribbon School and Green Ribbon School District program. They have the chance to win up to $10,000 pledged by the Turner Foundation for demonstrating energy efficiency efforts. "Congratulations to Ford Elementary for being named a Georgia Green Ribbon School and Gwinnett County Schools a Green Ribbon District," said State School Superintendent John Barge. "We’re confident they will bring home a National Green Ribbon School and …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Registration is under way for the Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge.
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Monday, March 11
Help make Gwinnett the best place to live, work and play by participating in the Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge. To take part, choose an activity from the Gwinnett Challenge Activity List or create your own. Register your project by visiting the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful website or by completing a project registration form and faxing it to 770-822-5179. Projects must be completed by May 31, 2013. Read the rules and guidelines for additional details. -- Know of any other "green" initiatives in Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett? Post them in the comments below.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Sunday is "Earth Day," a day set aside to encourage each of us to look for ways to conserve and protect our Earth's resources.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
You can blame it on the hippie movement of the '60s when the youth of that generation embraced flower power and living a simpler life that did not include all of the trappings of their parents. It provided a spring board for a movement that would start future generations to look around their environment and become more aware of the impact their lives had on the earth and its resources. In the '60s and '70s, Americans were driving gas-guzzling V-8 sedans, companies ran factories that belched out pollutants with little thought or care of the environment. But there was a movement afoot that would one day change the way we all think about our environment. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator at the time, came up with the idea of Earth Day in 1970 …