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DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

Fowler Drive Elementary boasts one-of-a kind water retention system, renovations

Fowler Drive Elementary boasts one-of-a kind water retention system, renovations

ATHENS, Ga. – The entire school has been renovated, faculty boast that it’s “green” and its home to one of the only school rainwater retention systems in Georgia. For over a year, the students at Flower Drive Elementary have been displaced. But recently, they moved back into their home at 400 Fowler Drive and they’re ready to show it off.

According to Dale Rodgers, the students and faculty “recycle, reuse and reduce” daily, they flush toilets in one wing of the school with water from their retention system and on “a very small scale” they are taking waste from lunch and turning it into compost for a future community garden in one of their pre-constructed gardening plots.  

Fourth and fifth grade members of the Science Club collected data on how much food is wasted during lunch to figure the amount of compost that would be created with the materials. Rodgers said, “They were amazed how much food was wasted during lunch”.

Athens Station Among Lowest Gas Prices in Metro-Area

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University of Georgia Senior Uses 22nd Birthday to Raise Awareness

University of Georgia Senior Uses 22nd Birthday to Raise Awareness

ATHENS -- On Valentine’s Day, University of Georgia senior, Leigh Ackerman will celebrate her 22nd birthday and in lieu of presents, parties and a dinner she has opted to have people contribute to a charity.

The charity Ackerman wants people to donate their gifts to is her own fundraiser: Water is Hope, which is hosted online at www.mycharitywater.com.  This site raises money for clean, safe water all across the globe.

Akerman's got her inspiation while recently spending three weeks in rural Kenya. While in Kenya, Leigh saw firsthand depleted, dirty water sources that local families relied on.

Although this is the reality in some parts of Kenya, this situation isn’t limited, only, to Kenya - close to a BILLION people on our planet go without clean, safe drinking water each and every day.

The Classic Center to Host Third Annual Green Life Expo

The Classic Center to Host Third Annual Green Life Expo

ATHENS, GA – The Classic Center, in association with the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division, will host Athens’ third annual Green Life Expo on Saturday, Jan. 29 in The Classic Center’s Grand Hall.

The Green Life Expo will feature exhibitors with a variety of products and services for businesses and families that will show them how to live, work and play “green.” The expo will feature seminars including “Ideas for Greening the Family," “Pet Recycling: AKA Adoptions!,” “Residential Composting,” “An Introduction to Riverkeeping and the Oconee River Basin,” “Container Gardening,” “Can it! It’s So Easy to Preserve Foods at Home,” “Regenerative Design: The Future of Green Buildings,” “Idbids, Iddy Bitty Steps Make a Biggie Big Difference,” “Good Enough to Eat: Nutrition for Young Children,” “How Healthy is Your Stream? Stream Assessment Through Biological Sampling,” “What Goes in the Bin?

Oil Spill Symposium at UGA, January 25th

Oil Spill Symposium at UGA, January 25th

ATHENS, GA -- The University of Georgia/Georgia Sea Grant Oil Spill Symposium, titled “Building Bridges in Crisis,” will be streamed live on www.uga.edu. The event begins at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 with a keynote address by Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and former chief scientist at NOAA, and continues on Jan. 26 with a full day of panel discussions featuring scientists, government officials, Gulf Coast community leaders and journalists from across the nation.

Panelists include Steve Murawski, former NOAA director of scientific programs and chief science advisor; UGA Professor of Marine Sciences Samantha Joye; and New York Times reporter Justin Gillis.

For more information, see http://oilspill.uga.edu/oil-spill-symposium/ .