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Dunwoody Nature Center awards biggest honor, the Dave Adams Award, to UPS

During the annual meeting of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the Dunwoody Nature Center announced UPS as the recipient of the 2015 Dave Adams Award. Established by former board members David and Marilyn Dalrymple in 1999, the Dave Adams award winner is selected by the board of directors of the Dunwoody Nature Center to honor the individual, group or organization that has made the greatest contribution to the Center in the past year. Named to honor the memory of Dave Adams, whose support of the Nature Center was given with the greatest love and dedication, the award’s purpose is to express recognition for service and gratitude for commitment to the mission of the Nature Center. 

Concierge system to help commuters at Atlanta center

Landlords want to make their centers as convenient as possible, and many are developing new strategies to help further the cause. North American Properties, for its part, will create a “mobility concierge” at its Colony Square mixed-use project in midtown Atlanta.Landlords want to make their centers as convenient as possible, and many are developing new strategies to help further the cause. North American Properties, for its part, will create a “mobility concierge” at its Colony Square mixed-use project in midtown Atlanta.

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DeKalb County Glass Recycling Update

DeKalb County is committed to promoting environmental sustainability, with the single-stream recycling program being a critical component of the County’s environmental stewardship efforts. The quality of recyclable materials collected from residents and commercial accounts is an important consideration of the County’s recycling program. The County has offered single-stream recycling collection service to its residents for over 10 years, and will continue to offer this service as a courtesy to residents. However, keeping recyclable materials free of contaminants, particularly glass, is a growing and critical concern not only for the County, but the state of Georgia and the entire nation.

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Clothing collection bins continue to serve as convenient recycling option for communities across U.S.

National clothing recycler USAgain announced today that its recycling efforts gave 50.7 million pounds of unwanted clothing and shoes a second life in 2015.  

USAgain (pronounced Use Again) provides communities with a convenient and hassle-free option to recycle surplus clothing through a network of recycling bins in 16 states. In 2015, USAgain and its program partners prevented 760.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere while saving more than 121 billion gallons of water and 289,714 cubic yards of space by diverting 9,650 garbage trucks from landfills. 

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Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Transportation Alliance release report on Economic Benefits of Investing in Transportation

Nearly 65,000 workers in metro Atlanta use MARTA daily for their commutesHNTB Corporation was hired by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Transportation Alliance to produce a study on the economic viability of investing in transit. As traffic worsens, business leaders and the folks who bring new business to the state understand that companies want to know about quality of life. One of the major determinants of quality of life is how much time commuters spend in traffic. As other Southern cities like Dallas are investing in mass transportation, the failure of the TSPLOST in Atlanta set back plans. If Atlanta wants to compete in the attraction of even more companies then the traffic challenges must be addressed. This study makes the case that it's all about investing in Atlanta's mass transportation to continue reap the economic benefits of Atlanta's growth.

Here are the crib notes. There is really only one thing to know. For every one dollar invested in transportation infrastructure four dollars is returned to a community in economic investment. Here are some other benefits of MARTA to the Atlanta economy:

  • MARTA’s capital budget supports 10,000 to 20,000 jobs annually in Georgia
  • Nearly 65,000 workers in metro Atlanta use MARTA daily for their commutes
  • MARTA’s capital budget provides $500 million to $1 billion in personal income annually  

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