Time to gather up all those large pieces of flat-screen TV styrofoam, electronics and top-secret documents. From the City of Decatur’s website…
Decatur has combined two of your favorite recycling events to make it simple and convenient for you to recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam, and safely shred and recycle your documents too!
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015 (9am-1 pm)
LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley Street
*Enter from Columbia Drive
MORE INFORMATION: Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent, 404-377-5571
For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled, click over to the city’s website.
Diane sends along this announcement…
Due to pending construction, the Decatur High Community Garden has had to move all of its plots to the Sugar Creek Garden.
Saturday, we are having a MASSIVE work day to transfer soil into the garden beds. We need all kinds of volunteers. Yes, we’re sad that the garden will be paved, but we’re excited by the prospect of new growth.
Community Service volunteer hours available. We will work Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. until noon (possibly later) at the Sugar Creek Garden, 415 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA. Please wear old clothes and bring a water bottle; we provide the tools. Diane Loupe, [email protected], or 404-374-3990.
Photo courtesy of Google Streetview
Harald sends along details about an interesting talk being given at Agnes Scott College tomorrow night…
Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The Frannie Graves Auditorium (rm. 128), Campbell Hall
Agnes Scott College, 141 East College Avenue
Decatur, Georgia, 30030
The field of climate change communication (CCC) has recently emerged to address the gap between scientific knowledge of climate change and public motivation to respond. Psychologists in this field have offered helpful strategies for improving the effectiveness of CCC, but their empirical research tends to neglect the ethics of CCC. Philosophers have been more attentive to ethical communication, but they tend to focus on its cognitive dimensions and minimize the affective and social dimensions that contribute to effectiveness. As a result, studies that address ethics and effectiveness in tandem are lacking.
In this lecture, drawing on work with co-author Michael Lamb, I will fill this gap by recovering insights from Aristotle’s Rhetoric. By situating all communication within an ethical relationship between speaker and auditor, emphasizing the agency and judgment of auditors, and highlighting ways to build trust, Aristotle offers an art of rhetoric that can help climate scientists communicate both ethically and effectively.
The Decatur Minute announces that Trees Atlanta and volunteers will be planting trees in Decatur right-of-ways on Saturday, February 28th.
Through a partnership between the City of Decatur and Trees Atlanta‘s NeighborWoods program, volunteers will be planting trees on Saturday, Feb. 28 in city right-of-ways. Trees Atlanta has been planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods across metro Atlanta for about 30 years. The organization waters the trees diligently for two years, and mulch and prune the trees for three years after planting to insure that the trees are well-established.
If you’re interested in volunteering to plant trees in Decatur, gather at Glennwood Elementary, 440 East Ponce De Leon Ave., at 9 a.m. on Feb. 28.
If you have any questions regarding your right of way tree, do not want a right-of way tree, or would like to add an additional shade tree in your front yard, contact NeighborWoods Program Manager Susan Pierce Cunningham at [email protected] or 404-681-4896.
Atlanta tree sign photo courtesy of Trees Atlanta
UPDATE: The City of Decatur sent around a press release, which included this summary of actions taken by the city to receive the platinum certification…
After first achieving Green Communities certification at the Bronze level in 2009, and upgrading to the Gold level in 2010, the City of Decatur has renewed its certification at the Platinum level this year, the first local government to reach the highest achievement possible. Some of the actions Decatur took to become certified include:
Developing an Environmental Sustainability Plan as direct response to a charge from the people of the city seeking to become even more environmentally responsible. The plan outlines goals and strategies that the city and community should take to deepen their commitment to serving as good stewards of the environment and resources.
Expanding the Safe Routes to School program to include all eligible elementary and middle schools in the Decatur City Schools system along with College Heights Preschool and two private schools. An average of 55 percent of students participate in International Walk and Roll to School Day each year.
Committing to building LEED certified facilities, the latest of which, Fire Station No. 1, is on course to obtain LEED Platinum. Sustainable technologies include high efficiency equipment and lighting, green roof garden, a geothermal vertical-closed loop heat pump system, solar water heating, rainwater harvesting and greywater reclamation. The building is designed to achieve a 33 percent reduction in energy consumption and in water usage.
Supporting several community gardens with financial and in-kind support. At Decatur’s Kitchen Garden, more than 30 refugee families grow hundreds of pounds of fresh food each season, combating hunger that their families and neighbors face. The produce is also sold at the Decatur Farmers Market and a number of Decatur restaurants.
If you’re a Decatur resident, here’s how/when you can recycle of your Christmas tree this year via the city’s website…
City of Decatur residents can drop off live Christmas trees at the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, through Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the Agnes Scott College parking lot. The entrance is between 184 and 206 S. Candler Street. Please do not leave Christmas trees anywhere else on the Agnes Scott campus.
For more information about solid waste and recycling services, call 404-377-5571, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.
If you’re a DeKalb resident, you can leave your tree curbside on your regular recycling day between December 26th and January 16th and DeKalb County will pick it up. Note, with DeKalb recycling, the tree can’t be larger than 7 feet tall. If larger, you need to cut it up before putting it out for recycling. A bit more info here.