What Is Sustainable Norcross?

Do you recycle, compost, xeriscape, use rain barrels? Would you like to learn how? Are you interested in organic and locally grown produce but cannot find it? Do you admire the fabulous tree canopy in Norcross? Ever wondered how to certify your yard as a Wildlife Habitat? Are you concerned about the quantity and quality of our water? Is it better to use paper or plastic bags at the grocery? What natural products are safe but effective? Ever considered sustainable alternatives for flooring, clothing and other products? Where can you discard old electronics?

Well, let’s learn together.

Starting a new organization can be a daunting task. Then an online training manual advised:

"Don’t wait - Get started without funding, expertise, or fear of adverse consequences.

Seek useful resources - Information on the web, in literature, in the community, in person, from experts.

Seek ways to scale up - Transform successful solutions into a movement of local significance.

Have fun projects – enjoy doing. Your efforts can result in important benefits, and you can have a good time while you’re at it!"

And that is exactly what a group of like minded citizens did. The organizational meeting was held June 1, 2008 and we've been busy ever since.

Learn more about us here on our blog or contact us now.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Corners to Crossing

No doubt you’ve heard about the very successful Corners to Crossing Race held yearly on a route connecting Peachtree Corners to the railroad crossing in Norcross. Saturday April 17 was the third annual running of this popular event. It is a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race and helps raise money for several important community groups.

What you probably don’t know is the housekeeping details. After all, they are not exciting, just required. While it may be necessary to see to the needs of the runners i.e. keep them hydrated, rewarded and celebrated, it is optional what to do with the stuff after all is said and done. Stuff like cardboard, plastic bags, shrink wrap, empty water bottles, banana and orange peels - just to mention a few.

Well, our community volunteers have gotten in to the habit of recycling, even when away from home. Some of them separated these items and held them aside. And nearly 40 pounds of cardboard, a huge "bag of bags" containing plastic bags and shrink wrap, empty plastic bottles and a bushel of banana and orange peels were diverted from landfills. Everything but the food scraps and plastic wrap was picked up by our local recycler. The fruit peels were put in the compost bin at Norcross Charity Garden, our city’s first Community Garden. In about 3 months they will be naturally turned in to compost ready to enrich the soil in time for the fall planting. The plastic wrap and bags were recycled at a local grocery store.

And all this was just a portion of what was produced by one event.

Next year I bet we can do even better.

Oh, and next month is the Classic Car Show. Now what will we do about recycling at this great annual event? Let’s talk.

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