Celebrate Earth Day this weekend by getting outdoors and volunteering in your community…or a community nearby!
Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, and many people are taking part this weekend and even next week by volunteering for environmental cleanup events around the city. Learn more about what’s going on in your neck-of-the-woods:
- Earth Day on the BeltLine: Future Urban Farm Site–this event kicks-off this Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., near Adair Park (1150 Allene Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310). Come out and help cleanup the former industrial site. The 4-acre plot of previously industrial land will be transformed into an urban farm–complete with organic produce, trees, bushes, and even a bird habitat. The site was once home to Benoit wooden pallet manufacturing and Harmon Brothers bus repair facility. It sits along the BeltLine corridor in the Adair Park neighborhood. Click here to register for the event.
- Downtown Atlanta Earth Day Cleanup Challenge: EPA! EPA! Come one, come all. Mayor Kasim Reed and EPA Region 4 Administrator Gwen Keyes invite individuals and groups to come out and help cleanup Atlanta’s in-town communities that struggle with litter and beautification. Activities will be focused on litter and trash pickup, tree planting, invasive species clearing, and landscaping. There will be a public rally afterwards where winners for best cleanup and landscaping projects will be presented along with performances from metro Atlanta’s own environmental heroes. Tuesday, April 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park. For more info visit Earth Day 2012.
- Electronic Waste Recycling Day: A different kind of cleanup, the 10th annual event is dedicated to collecting obsolete electronic items for the recovery, recycling, and reuse of these items. It’s hosted by City Councilmember Clara Smith of District 1 and will take place on Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Turner Field, Gold Lot, near Fulton Avenue and Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information visit the District 1 website or call 404-330-6039.
It’s no secret that Atlanta is going through some momentous changes to its design and structure, particularly efforts to make it more sustainable and ‘green’. Earth Day reminds us not only to do our part to protect the environment, but it also brings awareness to several of the innovative projects taking place in Atlanta that are working to make the city more environmentally friendly. Learn more about these projects by visiting the websites of: Invest Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, and Atlanta BeltLine.
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