Sustainable Georgia Roundup
Growing Greener: Atlanta-based UPS announced its commitment to several environmental initiatives, including having 25 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2025. An $18-million investment in solar panels will help achieve the goal.
Charged Up: Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Newton County campus is expanding its fleet of electric vehicles and providing charging stations to keep them going. A recent ribbon cutting introduced the electric vehicle charging stations, which are installed at two locations on campus and are open to the public.
Recycled Road: Troup County and The Ray are spearheading the use of recycled tires mixed into the asphalt for four lanes along one mile of Tom Hall Parkway. Adding the recycled tires will increase road durability and reduce road noise along the stretch of highway adjacent to I-85. The Ray, operating from Atlanta, is an organization devoted to innovative ideas to transform transportation infrastructure.
Turtle Protection: A new turtle excluder device (TED), a Georgia Sea Grant-funded project, means sea turtles won’t be caught as often by cannonball jellyfish fishermen. The TED is large enough to let the jellyfish, known as jellyballs, in, but small enough to keep sea turtles out. Jellyballs are the state’s third-largest seafood commodity and are exported primarily to Asian markets.
Hang Up Your Keys: The Midtown Alliance has selected five residents and workers in Midtown Atlanta to Go Car-Lite, where they will investigate new transportation options during a five-week challenge that will be documented on social media. Go Car-Lite runs Sept. 5 through Oct. 6.