Our network

Environment

Lunches are made for walking on the Decatur Square

Lunches are made for walking on the Decatur Square

DECATUR, Ga. – Got a couple of stubborn pounds you want to lose before swimsuit season? Perhaps, you could join the Walk for Lunch in downtown Decatur starting on Tuesday, May 3 and walk it off.

The Decatur Walk for Lunch leader-led program will be held at noon starting at the square.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

System Design and Install by Radiance Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Radiance Solar have announced the completion of a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solar array at the Food Bank’s midtown headquarters. The ACFB has distributed food and grocery products to partner nonprofits throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia for nearly 32 years, and is now poised to be an important partner in the fight against rising energy costs.

The Food Bank’s solar system, Powered by Suniva™, is one of the largest roof-mounted PV arrays in the state of Georgia.  The array consists of over 174 high-powered solar panels manufactured by Norcross-based Suniva. The 42kW solar array is expected to produce 58,000 kWh every year, all of which will be fed back into Georgia Power’s electric-grid as a part of their Green Energy Buyback Program.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the City of Decatur can take their furry children to the Oakhurst Dog Park an off-leash, permit only park. The park is approximately 2 acres and is partly wooded with a “grassy plain” area. Oakhurst is completely fenced. Regular park goers complain that one low-lying area in the park gets muddy after it rains but aside from that, the park is a neighborhood favorite.

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) participates in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup initiative.

In these difficult economic times, it is even more important that volunteers contribute toward efforts to sustain beautiful, healthy, thriving communities.

Throughout the month of April, local residents helped beautify DeKalb by cleaning up dirty streets, waterways and illegal dumpsites, as well as greening up parks, schoolyards, MARTA bus stops and other public spaces.

On Saturday, Apr. 30 from 9 a.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

EAST METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Join the people of Conyers for a bike ride through Olde Town Conyers. This 4.5 mile group ride is open to kids and adults on the historical streets of Conyers. This ride is held every fourth Sunday of every month. Meet at the railroad depot area at 4:00 p.m.

Check out the Divine Intervention exhibit of African Art and Religion at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. This free exhibit is open daily and it showcases different masks and art, along with rituals observed in indigenous African religion.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts their Tango Night on Friday, April 22. Learn to dance to tango by focusing on rhythm and movement. No partner is necessary and lessons, taught by a Tango expert, begin at 8:00 p.m. And around 9:30 p.m.

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

As we head into summer, hard pressed consumers need to save on energy costs while they keep their homes comfortable during hot weather. Here are some simple and effective ways to reduce summer energy bills from the weatherization experts at NRGSVRS (www.nrgsvrs.com):

 

1. Seal the deal. Inspect the areas around your doors, between the crown molding and ceiling, inside closets and at the seams around your floors. If you see light coming from the outside or feel any air seeping through these areas, it is time for sealing those drafts! Weather stripping and caulking or using spray foam (be careful: it expands) can significantly cut down on wasted, cooled air in your home!

 

2. Bring out the blankets. It’s summer, so do we need blankets? We are talking about blankets of insulation!

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.