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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. 

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Volunteers of all ages are invited to help plant trees at Whitaker Park in Marietta on Saturday morning from 8:30 - 11:00.

According to a City of Marietta official, volunteers may arrive a bit early, as doughnuts and beverages will be provided. Tools will also be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own from home, as well as gloves.

Whitaker Park is located at 1540 Holcomb Lake Road, off Scufflegrit Road, south of Sandy Plains Road.

For more information, call (770) 424-4664.

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Georgians for Pastured Poultry (GPP), an alliance that is promoting the use of high-welfare, pasture raised poultry in Georgia, has created Pastured Poultry Week to take place Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

As part of this annual event, Atlanta restaurants will help spread the word about the many virtues of pastured poultry – its superior taste, the natural life of the chickens, and the positive impact on both human health and the health of the environment – by serving it on their menus every day during this designated week. Additionally, chef demonstrations at local farmers markets throughout the spring and summer will educate consumers on ways to prepare pastured poultry in order to continue raising awareness.

Participating restaurants include:

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

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Cobb saves money and helps environment with conservation

Cobb saves money and helps environment with conservation

Cobb County is committed to energy efficiency and has taken many proactive steps to conserve natural resources and cut energy costs. A recent analysis showed electric energy savings for 25 completed projects of more than 2.28 million kilowatt hours for the months reported, which projects to a reduction of more than 4.6 million kilowatt hours annually. This is about 16 percent of the prior year's usage.

Energy bills were reduced almost $110,000 for the reported period, or almost $217,000 for a full year. Electricity usage and costs were down in every facility. Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be reduced by more than 7.4 million pounds annually from the reported electric savings. This is equivalent to removing 655 vehicles from Georgia roads