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.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Up, Up and Away!

City Manager Rudolph Smith got in the spirit of Georgia Cities Day April 23 with electric department staffer at the controls. Nearly 900 students from Norcross Elementary School walked to City Hall and learned about some of the governmental services.

They started at the new Welcome Center,saw the vintage fire truck at the Fire Museum, continued to City Hall where they went through the metal detector and attended court and heard from the community police officer. They received goodie bags from Public Works and learned about recycling and resource conservation among other things. Students paused to cheer on teachers and other adults with shouts of "higher, higher" as the brave souls rode the utility cherry picker. Next they heard more from the police and watched a K-9 demo. The Gwinnett Braves mascot was on hand along with Buster the Brown Thrasher anti-littering mascot. Kids went through the fire safety house then relaxed with cookies and punch while hearing a story. Then it was back to school.

What a great field trip on a lovely day in Norcross showcasing team work and out government in action.

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