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Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include:

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

South Fulton Citizens Can Take Advantage of Free Bulk Waste Disposal on Saturday, November 19

South Fulton Citizens Can Take Advantage of Free Bulk Waste Disposal on Saturday, November 19

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7 will once again
sponsor Bulk Waste Amnesty Day on Saturday November 19, 2011 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Residents can dispose of bulk trash at no cost.  Large items such as old refrigerators, furniture,
electronics, televisions, keyboards, monitors, printers and automotive tires (limit of four
un-mounted tires) will be accepted.  The drop-off locations will not accept paints, household chemicals, batteries, waste from construction or demolition debris.  Yard waste will be accepted at Merk Road only. 

Bulk Waste Amnesty Days are scheduled to encourage residents to remove large waste items that tarnish the beauty of South Fulton neighborhoods.

The Public Works Department has designated the following three drop off locations for discarded items:

Merk Road Transfer Station
3225 Merk Road
College Park, GA 30349
(404) 629-1700
8:30 a.m.

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Office of Parks has conducted the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s publicly-owned downtown trees.  The inventory included an assessment of the trees along streets, boulevards, parks, and public spaces in the downtown area.  The tree inventory will provide information about the species, size, quality, and condition of public trees in downtown Atlanta. 

Information from the inventory will help establish management priorities by:

  • identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed,
  • revealing any systemic problems with pests or disease,
  • identifying the distribution of tree species with size, height, and other characteristics, and
  • providing an up-to-date report on the overall condition of the trees. 

The inventory identified locations with sufficient space for planting trees, aiding in future planting efforts. 

MLK Dedication Canceled Due to Hurricane Irene

MLK Dedication Canceled Due to Hurricane Irene

Who would have thought that the east coast would ever feel the remnants of an earthquake and now just two days away from the Martin Luther King Dedication, a hurricane threatens to sweep through the coast, leaving MLK foundation officials to cancel activities past Saturday morning.This evening Harry E. Johnson, Sr. president and CEO  of the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. released a statement saying "It is with a heavy heart and enormous disappointment that we announce that, in the interest of public safety, we are forced to change our plans."

Johnson states that the Partners in the Dream MLK Store and Women Who Dare to Dream Luncheon on Friday will continue as planned. Additionally, the National Prayer Service will continue, however, the official dedication ceremony will be moved to a date yet determined in September or October. 

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.