Sustainable Georgia Roundup
Bird Watchers: The Disney Conservation fund awarded the Atlanta Audubon Society a $25,000 grant in recognition of the group’s efforts to reduce bird-building collisions through Project Safe Flight Atlanta. The grant will be used to enhance monitoring and help make Atlanta a more bird-friendly community. In the past two years, Project Safe Flight has collected more than 500 birds that have died or been injured after colliding with buildings.
Happy Trails: Fourteen cities and counties across the state received grants from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for recreational trail development. The grants, totaling $2.3 million, will fund new outdoor opportunities for a variety of uses, including hiking, biking, horseback riding and launches for canoes and kayaks.
Clean Creeks: The Lee County Code Enforcement office received a 2016 Government Partner Award from the Rivers Alive Watershed Outreach Unit, which operates under the auspices of the state Environmental Protection Division. The award recognizes efforts to rid the county’s waterways of debris, which has totaled 66,460 pounds over the past 10 years.
Earth Day Efforts: More than 700 volunteers participated in an Earth Day cleanup of the historic English Avenue neighborhood in Atlanta. Organized by nonprofits Friends of English Avenue and the Captain Planet Foundation, the two-day event was one of Atlanta’s largest cleanup efforts.
Reducing Emissions: PNC Financial Services Group reports that it will meet its goal of 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by the end of 2017, four years ahead of its original timeline.