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Seven Whooping Cranes Fly into Georgia Following Ultralight Aircraft

Whooping CraneSeven whooping cranes following pilots in two ultralight aircraft lifted off from Pike County, Alabama and flew 117 miles before landing in Decatur County, Georgia. 

It sounds very simple, but in reality is amazingly difficult.  Why?  Well it seems cranes just have minds of their own.  And if it’s cold, or the wind isn’t right, they don’t just automatically follow these brave pilots dressed up like whooping cranes flying ultralight aircraft.  It’s like trying to herd cats.

“This was a particularly wild morning,” said Heather Ray, outreach specialist. “It was kind of exciting for a while there with both ultralights circling the field for the cranes to follow. But it all worked out thanks to good planning by our pilots and thankfully cooperative whooping cranes.”


HUD and VA Team up to Help Additional 63 Homeless Veterans in Georgia Find Permanent Homes

HUD-VASH vouchers to build on national effort to end Veteran homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  announced $392,801 in rental vouchers to local public housing agencies in Georgia to help 63 homeless Veterans find permanent supportive housing.  These vouchers are provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.  Last October, the two agencies awarded $62 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to assist more than 9,000 homeless veterans. See the local impact of the housing assistance announced.


Georgia Farmer Wins National Award for Cooking Oil


Oliver FarmsA Georgia farmer took home a coveted Good Food Award in the oils category.

Oliver Farm Pecan Oil was recognized Thursday at the Good Food Award ceremony in San Francisco.

Since he started pressing food oils in 2012, Clay Oliver has expanded to produce cooking oils from sunflower, pecan and peanuts from the family homestead near Pitts, Ga.


Liz Coyle Named Executive Director of Georgia Watch



Liz Coyle - Georgia Watch EDThe Georgia Watch board of directors today named Liz Coyle as executive director, effective February 1. Coyle had been serving as acting executive director since January 2014, when then executive director Elena Parent went on leave of absence to run for the State Senate. Upon Parent’s election to Senate District 42 (D-Atlanta) in November, the board conducted a search to identify the new leader.

“Liz has played a vital role in ensuring the success and stability of Georgia Watch since taking the helm last year,” said chair of the Georgia Watch board Ray Carpenter. “Following an extensive search process, the board confirmed that Liz will continue effectively leading the organization to achieve its mission.”


"Solar Financing" HB57 passes out of the House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee to Rules

Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R) successfully negotiated HB57 out of the Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee to the Rules Committee on January 28. The Rules Committee will now review HB 57 and then hopefully approve the bill which will then be put before the whole body of the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly for a vote. The bill which will open yet another opportunity for people who are looking to do solar but can't afford the upfront costs.


GIPL's 2014 Matching Grant Recipients

GIPL Power Wise AuditWith help from the Kendeda Fund, GIPL awarded 11 Georgia congregations and one faith-based school $60,000 in matching grants for the 2014 Power Wise Energy Improvement Matching Grants cycle.

Power Wise Energy Improvement Matching Grants help member congregations pursue energy efficiency. GIPL’s Power Wise program provides energy audits, analyses, reports and efficiency plans customized to fit each congregation’s needs. The program. Matching grants can be up to $25,000 per project. Matching Grants are made possible through the support of The Kendeda Fund.


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