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East Decatur Station Unveils State’s Most Advanced Photovoltaic Commercial Rooftop System

East Decatur Station Unveils State’s Most Advanced Photovoltaic Commercial Rooftop System

As East Decatur Station (EDS) carves out a unique live/work/play community in Decatur, its creators, Jack Honderd, Pat Murphy, and Chuck Bosserman, took an exciting step toward sustainability and installed a 147 kW photovoltaic (PV) system, one of the largest commercial rooftop systems in metro Atlanta and Georgia.  

Made up of three different arrays, the system produces 198,134 kWh of energy a year and will help offset the electricity load. Though the increased presence of renewable energy is inevitable, the creators of EDS take the steps to reduce their environmental impact today not tomorrow. 

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) provided East Decatur Station with a rebate for the photovoltaic installation through the Clean Energy Property Rebate Program.

Green DeKalb Advisory Council, December 8th

Green DeKalb Advisory Council, December 8th

The regular meeting of the DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in conference room A, first floor, at the Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur.

Teach A Child To Fish! Expo at the Porter Sanford

In the vein of shows like "Captain Planet" and the absence of environmentally conscience children's television, DeKalb County has made it a priority to educate children about the environment and conservationism.

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs is promoting “Teach A Child To Fish! Trade Show/Expo,” which is a free educational event for the community to experience a great time and learn about boating, conservation and fishing.

The event will take place this Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, 12 – 2 p.m., at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center located at 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur.

Stonecrest Farmer's Market Opens October 21st

Consistent with their pledge to become the “greenest” county, the Farmers’ Market at Stonecrest serves to honor DeKalb County’s heritage by expanding its market to a seasonal market and include an urban farm at the edge of the mall, by using bike paths to connect it to nearby historical farms.

On October 21st, the Mall at Stonecrest will hold the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Farmers’ Market at Stonecrest at 5:30 p.m.

The Great DeKalb Cleanup

DECATURDeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and Board of Commissioners officially launch the Great DeKalb Cleanup beginning this Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7a.m. at the DeKalb Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy in Decatur. The cleanups will be held every weekend through Oct. 31.

As part of a committed effort to stabilize property values throughout the county, the Great DeKalb Cleanup will address areas of unincorporated DeKalb County that have not been maintained. The clean up is designed to have the maximum level of impact on the worst affected areas by encouraging the involvement and investment of the community in policing and maintaining these areas in the future.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tucker Recreation Center (4898 Lavista Road in Tucker).

Vote DeKalb, Encourages Early Voting

In an effort to increase voter turnout in DeKalb County, county officials are launching an early voting campaign—Vote DeKalb—to encourage voters to cast ballots prior to the Nov. 2 General Election.