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Georgia Perimeter College and EPA to Collaborate on Green Initiatives

On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will enter into an agreement with Georgia Perimeter College to support campus greening and sustainability. As part of the agreement, EPA will commit to enhance the college’s environmental policy and science curricula and offer opportunities for students interested in environmental careers.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed during a ceremony at Georgia Perimeter.

WHO: Gwen Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4;
Dr. Anthony Tricoli, President, Georgia Perimeter College
Hank M. Huckaby, Chancellor, University System of Georgia Board of Regents
Karla Drenner, Georgia State Representative

WHAT: EPA and Georgia Perimeter College Sign MOU on Campus Greening and Environmental Careers

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. EST

WHERE: Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus
Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning
555 N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA

For more information, contact Dawn Harris-Young at 404-562-8421 or harris-young.dawn@epa.gov.

Save Money and Help the Environment with these Tips

Although the economy may be beginning to turn around, many families are still looking for ways to save money while becoming more energy efficient. Record summer temperatures in many states and an impending cold winter in other’s can cause a huge dent in our monthly budgets. Not to mention the rising cost of fuel, food and other necessities. If you’re looking to save money, as well as energy, then we can help.

Below are some tips provided by the National Corn Growers Association to get you started.

  • Fill Up with Ethanol: Gasoline with 10 percent ethanol not only helps lower gas prices, but it also assists with stretching the petroleum supply. Recently, experts noted that ethanol has lowered gas prices by 15 percent, saving drivers $70 billion dollars this year alone.
  • Purchase Hybrids or Flex Fuel Vehicles: You can save money at the gas pump while helping the environment when you invest in a hybrid or vehicle that runs on E-85, an 85 percent ethanol blend fuel.
  • Buy Locally Grown Foods: Packaging, transportation, advertising and profits account for 24 cents on the food dollar. By choosing local meat, milk and produce, you not only support your local farmers, you also eliminate the costly transportation bill.
  • Turn off Your Home: According to the United States Department of Energy, a whopping 75 percent of electricity used in a home occurs while your appliances are off. Unplug these items or use a power strip to cut off power when not in use.
  • Set Your Thermostat: Although winter may seem months away, keeping your home nice and toasty raises your energy bill. Keep in mind that for every degree you lower the thermostat in the 60 to 70 degree range this winter, you’ll save 5 percent on your home’s heating costs.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help lower your energy bills while making a positive impact on the environment.

Do you have more money and energy saving tips? Share them here.

Green Builder Magazine Takes Two National Journalism Awards

Green building and sustainable development continue to be of concern for real estate professionals and consumers. As we consume, we also become aware of how we can sustain, and sorting it all out can be confusing. However, a leader continues to emerge to help us on this crazy “green” journey.

Green Builder magazine, Green Builder Media’s flagship publication, has once again received recognition for its  investigative reports, analysis, design ideas and pertinent information for professionals and consumers.

The magazine received two national journalism awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s annual journalism competition. The first award, “Best Trade Magazine Report for the Residential Real Estate, Mortage/Finance or Homebuilding/Residential Development Industries,” went to Green Builder’s editor in chief Matt Power for the article titled “The Limits of Technology.” The article addressed which green technologies really progress sustainability.

The second award of Best Residential Trade Magazine was granted to Green Builder magazine because of the variety, depth and beauty that the magazine holds.

The magazine is led by a veteran staff including editorial director, Cati O’Keefe; editor in chief Matt Power; and national design director, Eddie Malstrom.

For more information about Green Builder magazine, visit the website.

Meet Schlumberger

by Megan McLaughlin

Schlumberger: "The leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Each day, in 80 countries, we help our customers find and produce oil and gas. Through our wellsite operations and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner."

This month, Schlumberger will be attending the EnergiseYourFuture Youth Forum in Paris, France. "During EnergiseYourFuture, delegations of students, academics, young professionals, experts, think tanks and NGO’s from all five continents of the world will enjoy three levels of discussions: keynote plenary sessions for strategic thinking, workshops for a deep-dive into the overall themes and for generating new ideas and resolutions, and “Knowledge Cafés” for knowledge sharing and informal networking."

While at the event, Schlumberger will participate in debating 3 key themes;
A Reality Check on Tomorrow's Energy Landscape
An Ethical and Sustainable Energy Industry: Making it happen
Tomorrow's Leadership: Matching our Skills to the Challenges.

Schlumberger has been gathering ideas and submitted by their followers and blog-readers via this online survey. Today is the last day to submit your ideas! Submissions close tonight at 11:59pm EST. If your idea is chose, you will be recognized for your contributions and all selected participants have a chance to win an 8GB iPod touch!

Check out Schlumberger's blog and their survey page for the EnergiseYourFuture Youth Forum and give them some great ideas for a chance to gain recognition at a global forum. After the forum is over, you can continue to follow Schlumberger by reading their Community Blog.

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On Target: Eco-Friendly

by Megan McLaughlin

We're all familiar with Target's bright red bulls eye symbol, but does everyone know about Target's push to be a bit more Eco-friendly. Now, everyone's favorite, trendy, cost-effective and convenient department store is offering an array of Eco-friendly products. Still affordable and smarter than ever, Target has been turning very greener every chance it gets.

Online shopping is super quick and easy at Target.com and this is the best place to see all of the Eco-friendly products they offer. Target's Eco-friendly page breaks items down into categories like "Home Essentials," "Kitchen + Dining," and "Apparel + Gear." Under Home Essentials, for example, you will find many bedding sets, pillowcases and other bedroom/bathroom needs made from natural materials, bamboo and 100% organic cotton.

From baby clothes to water filters and cookware products, reusable bags and home decor made from recycled materials, Target is offering some great, green solutions that won't break the bank. Next time you go to make a purchase from a department store, consider what you can do for the environment by choosing to shop at Target. You can go green and save: stay on Target!

For more tips about shopping and saving the Eco-friendly way, check out these links:

Green is your style

Labeling the Grocery Store
My Reusable Bag Payday

Originally Posted At: To Green or not to Green | Read Original Post

Park Pride’s 7th Annual Conference: A Vision of Sustainability

Park Pride’s Seventh Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference will be held Monday, March 31 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Galen Cranz, Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, will deliver the keynote speech. This signature event brings together leaders working toward the creation of world class park system in Atlanta. The event features a full day of presentations and break out sessions from local leaders focused on sustainability in Atlanta. Two sessions of particular interest to those in real estate.

The first, “Infill Redevelopment, Sustainability & Parks,” provides case studies on how Continue reading