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Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

ATLANTA -- According to the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences, although radon is present throughout the environment, when high levels of radon enter a home or building, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can easily be discovered and corrected.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to concerned homeowners to identify potential harm from the dangerous radioactive gas.

“Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A radon test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home.”

Eight campus buildings compete in RecycleMania Tournament

Eight campus buildings compete in RecycleMania Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the 13th year, the RecycleManiacs are holding their annual tournament at the University of Georgia. 

The competition runs through March 29, when students of eight campus buildings will vie to reach the highest recycling rate. 

Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability Andrew Lentini said, "If participating in RecycleMania forces our community to think about putting that can or newspaper into a recycling bin rather than one destined for landfill, we think that's a great success."

The eight buildings taking on RecycleMania include journalism, psychology, chemistry, biological sciences, Miller Plant Sciences, Aderhold Hall, Lamar Dodd School of Art an Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 

Radiance Solar CEO James Marlow named Professional of the Year by TAG Smart Energy Society

Radiance Solar CEO James Marlow named Professional of the Year by TAG Smart Energy Society

Radiance Recognized for Innovations Accelerating Adoption of Smart Energy in Georgia

James Marlow, CEO of Radiance Solar, was named Professional of the Year by The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Energy Society at the organization’s annual dinner and awards celebration on Jan. 17 on the Georgia Tech campus.  Solar manufacturer Suniva was named Company of the Year, a category in which Radiance Solar was also a finalist.

“Our TAG Smart Energy professional and company of the year demonstrate the leadership qualities that advance the economic, energy efficiency and innovation benefits of the smart energy economy in our region,” said Bob Miller, chairman of the group and Client Unit Director, Industrial Sector – Southeast for IBM. “We’re proud of James and Suniva, as well as all nominees and finalists for helping Georgia lead in smart energy technologies, solutions and growth.”

FMSA Takes World Water Monitoring Challenge

FMSA Takes World Water Monitoring Challenge

ATLANTA -- Fourteen students, ages 7 - 11, from First Montessori School of Atlanta, recently participated in the World Water Monitoring Challenge™ at The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Preserve in the City of Sandy Springs. WWMC is an international education and outreach program that encourages people of all ages to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

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.

FMSA Sponsors E-Recycling

First Montessori School of Atlanta has partnered with Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful and the City of Sandy Springs to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Event, scheduled April 21-27 at the school. These are popular events where residents can dispose of computers, radios, monitors and other electronic equipment.

"This is a great opportunity for people to get rid of obsolete electronic equipment," said FMSA's Head of School Jerri King. "Electronic waste counts for more than 50 percent of toxic materials in our landfills. By disposing of this material properly, we can significantly reduce those numbers."

People can drop off items at the First Montessori School of Atlanta Pavilion, located at 5750 Long Island Drive, during the following times:

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - noon

Monday - Friday, April 23-27, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.