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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

(WXIA) -- Do you still have your Christmas tree? Pike Nurseries is holding a tree recycling event through the end of January.

Customers can bring their live trees to any Pike Nurseries location until Jan. 31. The trees will be chipped and recycled; Pike Nurseries plans to turn Christmas trees into compost and other environmentally friendly materials.

Pike Nurseries will also come to customers' homes and pick up their trees for $50.

To find your nearest Pike, visit pikenursery.com.

Cobb adds 8 electric car-charging stations

Cobb adds 8 electric car-charging stations

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Eight electric car-charging stations have been added at Cobb Community Transit stations.

The Marietta Transfer Center and the Busbee Park and Ride now feature four chargers each. The stations have been active for about two weeks and used six times, according to Darryl Howell, who works in transit operations for CCT and managed the project.

Tori Collay, an Internet sales representative at Auto Nation Nissan on Cobb Parkway, said that interest in the Nissan Leaf has grown with rising fuel costs.

"Since this year, we've probably sold about 60 to 70," Collay said. "It just seems like out of the blue they're a really hot item."

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Georgia companies take on Green Day Challenge

Georgia companies take on Green Day Challenge

(WXIA) -- Companies across Georgia are gearing up for the EarthShare of Georgia's Corporate Green Day Challenge, to be held Saturday, April 6 in various parks in the metro area.

Employees from local businesses form teams and complete projects in a good number of parks to help the environment. In 2012, over 1,000 volunteers took the challenge and went to work at 12 different locations. 

For 2013, EarthShare of Georgia expects over 12,000 to take part in the challenge. 

The projects will take place from 9:00 Saturday morning until noon. 

Teams signed up for 2013 come from companies including:

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.

 

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is a Document Shredding Day and shoe collection coming up for Cobb residents.

On March 16, Keep Cobb Beautiful will work from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. That morning, workers will be on hand to take household documents and gently worn shoes. The documents will be shredded at no cost, and with no weight limits. However, they will not take large clips or binders. The shoes, which should be tied together, will be donated to those in need.

Iron Mountain, Shoe Box Recycling and Piedmont Church are partnering up for the event.