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Cox Enterprises Reaches 1,000 Ton Recycling Milestone at HQ Campus

Waste reduction core focus area of Cox Conserves sustainability program

Cox Enterprises’ comprehensive Atlanta headquarters recycling program has led to more than 1,000 tons of materials being reused or diverted from landfills since 2006. Additionally, the company has composted more than 20 tons of food waste and materials from a campus cafeteria since 2014 – resulting in nearly a 75 percent diversion rate. 


Dunwoody Nature Center receives $5,000 grant from the UPS Foundation

Dunwoody Nature Center receives $5,000 grant from the UPS FoundationThe Dunwoody Nature Center announced that it has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the UPS Foundation in support of its Milkweed Project; a major grassroots initiative to help restore habitat for the Monarch Butterfly and to raise awareness of the troubling decline of the population. “Financial support from the UPS Foundation will allow us to expand the reach of the project by purchasing additional milkweed plants and other pollinators for gardens at schools and in our city’s public parks,” said Alan Mothner, Executive Director of the Nature Center. This latest investment brings the total commitment from the UPS foundation to more than $15,000 for the Milkweed Project. “The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Dunwoody Nature Center’s efforts to help restore the Monarch Butterfly population,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”


Sweetwater Brewing Co. “Save Our Water” Campaign Returns

Sweetwater Brewing Co. “Save Our Water” Campaign ReturnsAnnual Fundraiser Benefits Waterkeeper® Alliance Initiatives

Kicking off in late June and running through Labor Day, SweetWater Brewing Company’s annual “Save Our Water” campaign encourages folks to “give of their liver to save the river” in a multifaceted fundraising effort for Waterkeeper® Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates for protecting rivers and waterways from overuse, pollution and waste.  Funds and awareness are generated by purchases of “Save Our Water” t-shirts and signature-ready “fundraising fish” at participating restaurants, bars and retail accounts across SweetWater’s distribution footprint, and purchases of custom “Save Our Water” pint glass at SweetWater’s brewery tours during the campaign. Patrons may visit to donate online, participate in their local Waterkeeper’s “Save Our Water” event, and learn about the projects their dollars will fund in their local communities. 


The James M. Cox Foundation Announces $1 Million Grant to the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The James M. Cox Foundation Announces $1 Million Grant to the Atlanta Botanical GardenCox Grant supports Garden's Nourish and Flourish Capital Campaign

The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The grant supports the organization's $50million Nourish and Flourish Capital Campaign to support the expansion of gardens and facilities, elevate the visitor experience and strengthen operations for years to come.   


DeKalb Watershed Management’s Toilet Rebate Program Receives Recognition

DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM) was recognized by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District for its outstanding contribution to water conservation through the toilet rebate program. The program assists customers in replacing their old toilets with high efficiency toilets to conserve water and money. Since the program began in January 2008, DWM has rebated more than 26,000 toilets, the highest number in the metro area. 


Atlanta Ranks Fourth on CBRE’s Annual Green Building Adoption Index

Atlanta Ranks Fourth on CBRE’s Annual Green Building Adoption Index58% of Atlanta office space considered green
Nationally, 62% of large buildings qualify as green, compared to less than 5% of small buildings

With 57.9% of its office space considered “green,” Atlanta ranked fourth of 30 markets on the 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University. 

Atlanta jumped a spot from last year’s overall number five ranking. With nearly 58% of green office space (defined as holding either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) full-building LEED certification or both), Atlanta is significantly above the national average of 38.7%. With 29% of all buildings and 58% of all space qualifying as green, the Atlanta market has the highest percentage of green buildings, surpassing 2014’s leader in percentage of green buildings, Minneapolis. Atlanta also leads the nation in the number of ENERGY STAR-labeled buildings at 24.6% and is third in the nation in the number of LEED-certified buildings at 8.7%.


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