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DeKalb County Celebrates “America Recycles Day”

Keep DeKalb Beautiful is recognized at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Nov. 18, 2014. Recognition highlights DeKalb’s long history of recycling, sustainability

In recognition of “America Recycles Day” on Nov. 15, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) was honored by DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May and the Board of Commissioners during the Nov. 18 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Responsible for educational outreach to drive recycling awareness and program signups, KDB has secured more than 15,000 new DeKalb County subscribers to county recycling programs since January 2014. KDB also recently formed a partnership with DeKalb County Schools to provide new and interesting programming in the classroom related to recycling. Known as “DeKalb Makes Recycling Simple,” the partnership was celebrated last week in a special ceremony, which honored the 17 schools in the program that recycled more than 100,000 pounds of recycling in total during a month period. KDB plans to expand “DeKalb Makes Recycling Simple” to 10,000 classrooms at 139 schools throughout DeKalb County by the fall of 2015.

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EPA Spotlights Food Recovery with Atlanta Community Food Bank

To begin the holiday season, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials toured the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and met with staff to discuss the importance of food waste reduction as part of the agency’s Food Recovery Action Week.  The week is a reminder to consumers and businesses alike of the importance of reducing wasted food.

EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Ken Lapierre spoke with ACFB staff and volunteers about EPA’s work to address food waste and how those efforts could benefit the food bank.  “A shocking amount of edible food is wasted every day, instead of being donated to area food banks,” said Ken Lapierre, EPA Assistant Regional Administrator. “These donations would help the Atlanta Community Food Bank do more to feed the hungry and also reduce waste going into landfills.”

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Cox Media Group Meets Atlanta's Better Buildings Challenge Six Years Ahead of Schedule

Cox Media Group - Atlanta Better Buildings ChallengeCox Media Group's Atlanta TV and radio facility completes significant energy, water consumption improvements

Cox Media Group (CMG) announced that the facility housing its Atlanta TV and radio stations (Channel 2 WSB-TV, News/Talk Radio WSB, B98.5, 97.1 The River and KISS 104.1) has met Atlanta's Better Buildings Challenge nearly six years ahead of the 2020 goal. The facility reduced its energy and water consumption by more than 20 percent and is annually saving nearly 650,000 gallons of water and 1,400,000 kWh of electricity through its conservation projects.

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Atlanta Dream Launches 'Dream Cares' Platform

 

ATLANTA DREAM LAUNCHES 'DREAM CARES' PLATFORMDream ushers in platform with Season of Giving projects throughout the holiday season

The WNBA Atlanta Dream announced today the launch of its Dream Cares platform, which is committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people with a special emphasis on programs that inspire youth and families and promote health, wellness and education. The Dream will usher in the new platform by participating in several projects throughout the metro Atlanta area during the holiday season as part of the Dream Season of Giving initiative.

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One Million Pounds Diverted From Georgia Landfills

One Million Pounds Diverted From Georgia LandfillsAffairs to Remember Caterers, Atlanta's first Zero Waste Zones caterer, announced that it has diverted one million pounds (500 tons) of recoverable materials from Georgia landfills. The City of Atlanta has proclaimed "Affairs to Remember Caterers Day" in recognition of the impact and leadership the milestone demonstrates.

As Atlanta's Greenest caterer, Affairs to Remember met this significant goal primarily through recycling, composting and food bank donations, all part of Legacy Green, the company's sustainability program.

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The Atlanta City Council and Live Thrive Atlanta announce the groundbreaking for CHaRM – a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials

The Atlanta City Council and Live Thrive Atlanta announce the groundbreaking for CHaRM Live Thrive Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta City Council will open CHaRM, a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials.  The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the future home of CHaRM at 1110 Hill Street on America Recycles Day. This facility will serve the City of Atlanta residents by providing a permanent drop-off facility for recyclables and harmful items that are not accepted in the current curbside recycling program. These types of items include paint, polystyrene (Styrofoam), pesticides, chemicals, light bulbs, clothing, shoes, mattresses, tires, batteries, carpet, etc.  CHaRM will also collect single stream recyclables. 

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