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EarthCraft Renovation Project Focuses on Efficiency

Reuse of space in the interior has opened up new possibilities.Joe Thomas of Elemental Green Homes saw an opportunity during a Greenprints conference six years ago. Hearing a presentation on market trend research, Joe became convinced that the younger generation valued green building more than their parents. He knew that as that generation matured financially, there would be a market for environmentally conscious first-time home buyers. Joe’s business focuses on that market opportunity through the EarthCraft Renovation certification program.

His newest project is a great example of sustainable design and renovation focused on meeting the market for emerging home buyers. With longtime EarthCraft Technical Advisor Carl Seville of SK Collaborative, Elemental Green Homes completed a total renovation of a Kirkwood home, re-working both the exterior and interior. During exterior construction, Joe discovered a need for asbestos abatement work and replaced the exterior sheathing of the home with Huber’s ZIP System® technology, an EarthCraft Sponsor. The home features a permeable paved driveway and exterior rain barrels for rainwater collection.

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Keep DeKalb Beautiful Offers Free Christmas Tree Curbside Pickup Service

DeKalb County Christmas Tree RecyclingDeKalb County announces free curbside Christmas tree pickup service for county residents Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 16, 2015.

The service, sponsored by Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) and the DeKalb County Department of Sanitation, offers county residents an opportunity to dispose of holiday Christmas trees sustainably and free of charge. All trees are converted into mulch.

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A reinvented Sustainable Atlanta joins forces with Center for Civic Innovation

The original 1906 Rich’s building known as the M. Rich & Co. building then at 52 to 56 Whitehall (now 82 Peachtree St. SE with the front entrance at 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SWEver since it was founded in 2009, Sustainable Atlanta has been trying to do what all nonprofits try to do – become sustainable.

Its track record over nearly six years has been mixed. And now its reconfigured board hopes it has come up with a winning – and yes – sustainable solution.

Sustainable Atlanta is joining forces with the Center for Civic Innovation – a relatively new nonprofit that is seeking to change the equation in the level of public engagement and participation in the community as well as work on creative and entrepreneurial ways to make the city a better place to live and work.

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Focus on Seniors Research Released by Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

New consumer analysis explores seniors’ perspective toward the smart grid

Saving money and reliability are the important smart grid benefits that U.S. senior consumers (55+) identified as favorable, according to a new report by Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). Ironically, seniors are less likely than their younger consumer counterparts to participate in or have an interest in smart grid programs and technologies that have the potential to save them money.

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Cox Enterprises Removes Nearly Five Tons of Materials From Rivers and Shorelines in 2014

Nearly 700 Cox volunteers participated in cleanups with American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy

Through national partnerships with American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy, Cox Enterprises removed nearly five tons of materials from rivers and shorelines across the nation this year. Nearly 700 Cox employees and their family members volunteered at cleanups in Atlanta; Dayton, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami; Orange County, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Seattle and Wantagh, N.Y.

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