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.
Here's what you can do with those unused bikes you've been tripping over in the garage, basement and storage shed. You'll also be helping a kid Earn-A-Bike!
Bicycle Recycling Drive
For Summerour Middle School Safe Routes to School Program
Donate your old bike for use in the new Earn-A-Bike incentive
Drop off your used (or new) bicycle during the semi-annual
ONE DAY – FIVE GREAT EVENTS – RECYCLE!!!
Saturday April 7 from 9 AM to 1 PM
at 168 Wingo Street parking lot – former City of Norcross Public Works Facility
Your old bicycle will be refurbished by a Summerour Middle School student under the direction of a volunteer to create transportation to school and beyond.
Bike parts, new bikes, helmets and accessories (locks, lights, etc.) also accepted.
Parts that cannot be used to assemble a "new" bike will be donated to area artists for innovative creations.
Be among the first to participate in this special program. Help get bikes to students who otherwise can not afford them and who will use them to bike to school. This program will also teach students how to repair and maintain their bikes and to operate them safely.
Don't have a bike to donate? Contributions accepted to cover supplies and parts.
Volunteers needed to unload bikes on Re-Cycle Day and to work with experienced bike repairers, provide transportation and offer other support for students working to Earn-A-Bike.
Contact email@example.com or call 770-246-0083
Another Green Community Project
Save the date for the 2015 Rivers Alive Stream Clean Up on Saturday November 14 from 9 AM - noon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable Norcross, Inc.
We are a volunteer grassroots non-profit organization committed to education, communication and implementation of strategies and initiatives that foster sustainable living.
Our participants have identified their top two priorities as:
1) Recycling and Waste Reduction, and
2) Trees and Green Space
Additional priorities include Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Transportation and Air Quality, Land Use and Green Building.
Please join us as we build an active and knowledgeable volunteer and outreach organization to engage and educate our local community about environmental resources and initiatives in the greater Norcross, Georgia area.
For volunteer opportunities, classes, ideas and suggestions please contact us.
Parks and Rec Master Plan Adopted
Update of this important City Wide Parks Master Plan is coming soon in Fall 2015. Watch for details.
Thanks to your input and participation a comprehensive master plan will guide parks, green space and recreation plans for the city of Norcross over the next 10 years. The Mayor and City Council adopted the plan February 7.
The project was promoted by the citizen advocates of the Parks and Green Space Commission, Tree Board, Sustainable Norcross and others. It was months in the making and the result of public input, staff support and professional consultation at the direction of the city leaders.
Two main priorities are adding resources in underserved areas and ensuring connectivity to existing resources and points of interest.
Make your own rain barrel from a recycled drum. Ask about the next Water Saver Workshop
Norcross is Greening Gwinnett
Greater Gwinnett Sierra Club honors City of Norcross and Sustainable Norcross Commission for its efforts in greening Gwinnett.
What's Right With the Region?
The partnership of Sustainable Norcross and the City of Norcross. L to R the mayor, representative of The Civic League for Regional Atlanta, city manager, Sustainable Norcross founder, city council member. Not pictured are all the many volunteers, supporters and participants who make good things happen in Norcross, a place to imagine.
Becoming a Green Community
Sustainable Norcross Commission works with City Staff and Council liasions to become a Green Community
Where Will Our Next Generation of Farmers Come From?
These young farm hands break for a quick lunch during Spring Planting Day at Norcross Charity Garden Apil 10.
Kids Love Worm Composting
Keep North Fulton Beautiful and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful had an informational table at Whole Foods in honor of Earth Day. Would you like to learn about vermicomposting too? Contact email@example.com.
The Parks and Green Space Commission and City of Norcross will soon hold a public input meeting as they kick off the first ever city-wide Parks and Green Space Master Planning process. This will result in a document that the city will use over the next 20 years as decisions are made about amenities for our residents.
The meeting will be September 22 at 7 PM at NCACC. Check back for details. Participate and let your voice be heard.
Be an Event Recycling Volunteer
Assist in placing, retreiving and tallying recycling at these upcoming events:
Tuesdays July 6, 13, 20 and 27 - Whistle Stop Farmers Market
Friday July 9 - Summer Concert at Thrasher Park
Saturday July 10 - Bluesberry Festival
Saturday July 17 - "B" at the Movies
Friday July 23 - Summer Concert at Thrasher Park
Saturday July 24 - Gwinnett Bike Fest Criterium
Times vary but all venues are in historic downtown Norcross.
A non-perishable food drive is included in the semi-annual recycle day sponosred by City Code Enforcement.
Put 'em Out, Pick 'em Up
Thanks to the Community Service Workers who helped place recycle bins for a recent busy weekend in Norcross.Volunteers welcome. Sign up now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook Page Under Construction
We are switching from a Facebook Group to a Facebook Page. Hope all you groupies will become fans. Keep up with what's happening with Sustainable Norcross. Volunteer today!
Spring is for New Beginnings
The brand new Norcross Adopt-A-Stream team completed their first offical monitoring of what will be a monthly project. They chose an unnamed tributary of Crooked Creek on city owned Ruby Fickling Pond Property near the Eastern Continential Divide.
Training not required, but is available. Contact us now for details of the next AAS water quality sampling date. And begin something new.
First you dip some water and also check the temp of both water and the air around it.
Next Consult the Instructions
How many drops do we need? Experienced tester for Gwinnett Sierra Club Michael mentors Sustainable Norcross AAS team leader Keisha.
Spring is for Volunteering
Can you believe the busy season is upon us? Norcross, gaining a reputation as the Festivals and Events City, is about to explode with exciting activity and fun things to do that will take us right up to the end of the year.
And we can't do it without YOU.
Sustainable Norcross supports EVERY city sponsored event. Our volunteers do this in many ways. The most visible one is by ensuring temporary recycle containers are strategically placed for use at each event. Participants expect to continue their recycling habit even when away from home enjoying our world class activities. And volunteers supplement and support the City's efforts to ensure a quality experience for all.
Yet Sustainable Norcross is so much more. Our volunteers are active in the areas of Trees and Green Space,Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Green Building, Transportation and Air Quality, Land Use, Education, Recycling and Waste Reduction and of course, Volunteerism.
Contact us today and learn how YOU can make a difference as a Sustainable Norcross volunteer.
Spring is for Cleaning
See the 3/25/2010 post about the great 4 in 1 Clean Up Day in Norcross.
Start cleaning out those closets, garages, attics, storage sheds and basements now. Your opportunity to recycle all that "stuff" is just around the corner.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose
Spring is for Planting
Check out Spring plans for Norcross Charity Garden here.
Rent your own raised garden bed. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Eat from a safe, local, sustainably managed garden where you control what goes in and on your food. Donate some or all of the produce you grow to a local shelter for women and children. Or if you don't have a green thumb, donate the bed you buy and volunteers will tend your garden spot.
Join your neighbors at the first community garden in Norcross on Saturday April 10 for Spring Planting Day at Norcross Charity Garden.
It Takes A Village...
to plant and tend Norcross Charity Garden, the first Community Garden in Norcross.
Hard At Work
Sustainable Norcross Commission at a recent work session.
Contact Sustainable Norcross
Sign up for classes, volunteer or get more information, contact us here.
One Day – Four Great Events in Norcross on October 24, 2009
Mark your calendars, save the date – October 24th, 2009
One day – FOUR GREAT EVENTS! That’s when the City of Norcross will again host a community Clean-up Day, Shred Day, and Electronics Recycling Event along with our canned food drive! For more information or to volunteer, contact Philomena Robertson at 770-448-7327 or email@example.com.
Recent Rain Barrel Class
The class was followed by record breaking rainfall.
Norcross High School Interact Club Volunteers Assist With Concert in the Park and British Car Fayre Event Recycling
Make A Difference - Be A Volunteer Now Through October
Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 2, 3 and 4 - Join the fun at Art Fest. Help before, during and after the premier city wide event.
Friday October 9 - Set up recycling for the final Concert in the Park for this season and Saturday October 10 - 7 AM Retreive recycling from concert at Thrasher Park
Saturday October 17 from 9 AM to Noon - Get down and dirty with the annual Rivers Alive stream clean up.
Saturday October 24 assist with the city sponsored 4 in 1 Day: Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding, Clean Up and Non-Perishable Food Drive
Every Tuesday Through October - The Whistle Stop Farmers Market needs YOU to assist in set up and pack up.
Adopt-A-Stream Training at Elachee, Friday, October 23, 6-10 pm, and Saturday, October 24, 9 am – 4 pm. Join water groupies at the 1.5-day workshop that will train you to effectively and accurately monitor streams. Learn to delineate your watershed, chemically analyze streams, and accurately identify macro invertebrates.
Upon completion you’ll be certified by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, the state’s leading citizen science stream monitoring organization. Trainees under age 18 are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Materials Fee: $5. Registration required. Contact Judith Cocus, firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-535-1976.
Easy to set up and break down. Volunteer today! Sponsorships available.
Chamblee Garden and Wildlife Habitat Club Speaker - October 5
Next Monday night, October 5, will bring back the group's favorite speaker of all time – Bobby Wilson of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service. The requests for him to come and talk about fall and winter gardening – especially cool season veggies – has been overwhelming.
The meeting will be at 7:30 PM at D’Youville Clubhouse. Turn into D’Youville Trace off Chamblee Dunwoody Road across from the Chamblee Methodist Church and follow the road to the top of the hill – the clubhouse and pool will be on your right.
Go hear Bobby Wilson share his knowledge on gardening and meet nature enthusiasts of neighboring Chamblee, the first and only Community Wildlife Habitat in Georgia.
Volunteer Opportunities June 2 - 8
Tuesday June 2 the Whistle Stop Farmers’ Market debuts at 4 PM and runs until 8 PM or sell out. Join us at Thrasher Park. Come early or stay late to assist with set up or clean up which includes placing and retrieving the special events recycling containers.
First Thursday arrives June 4 with special things going on in Historic Downtown Norcross from 5 – 9 PM. Help put out event recycling containers at 4 PM and retrieve at 9 PM.
Friday June 5 the Bel-Aires will bring us the sounds of the 60’s at newly refurbished Thrasher Park 7:30 – 9:30 PM. Set up recycle containers at 5 PM and collect them immediately after the free concert.
Wrapping around to the following week the Official Grand Opening of both Thrasher Park and the Whistle Stop Farmers’ Market is set for 4 PM and includes your favorite summer ice cream social hosted once again by Norcross Neighbors. Help us set up at 2 PM and break down at 8 PM.
Located at the Wingo Street Cottages in Historic Norcross
We are a community sponsored garden whose produce benefits the health, finances and spirit of homeless families through the donation of the produce we grow.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: • Help prepare the soil Saturday, May 9th starting at 9:00am • Join us for planting day Saturday May 16th, 9:00am–3:00pm. • Make a donation. • Stop by the garden on nice days to help with general maintenance and harvesting throughout the summer.
Schedule a time for your group or company to volunteer today.
10th Annual Chamblee Community Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour
Featuring Artists in the Garden Saturday, May 30, 2009 10 AM – 4 PM Tickets $10.00
Purchase tickets in advance at 770-451-6079, 770-458-4294, Ashe-Simpson Nursery or on May 30 at 3747 Longview Drive, first home on the tour.
All eight gardens are Certified Wildlife Habitats with National Wildlife Federation , providing food, water, shelter and places to raise young for native wildlife.
Chamblee Arts Alliance will display artwork in the gardens. A plant sale will be held at 3747 Longview Drive. All funds will benefit the Chamblee Community Wildlife Habitat Continuing Education Program
Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certification Program
Out of the landfill into our new checking account
Team Work Results
Thanks to the cooperation of the City, the Parks and Green Space Commission and the volunteers of Sustainable Norcross 5,280 pounds of metal were diverted from the construction landfill.
The deconstructed metal fence removed for the renovation of Thrasher Park netted $316.80 to fund filing for non profit and IRS tax exempt status and operating expenses and projects of Sustainable Norcross.
Special thanks to Craig, John, Marvin, Jose, LaMonte, Louis, Jennifer, Barbara, Jim, Kathy, Art, Betsy, Ken, Meryl and Connie.
Watch for more volunteer opportunities coming soon.
A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
is available on Saturday February 14 (yep, Valentine’s Day) from 8 AM until? at Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross. If you have them, please bring work gloves, safety goggles, shovels, hammers and pick up trucks. In cooperation with the City Public Works Department and Parks and Green Space Commission we will assist in deconstruction of the metal fence at the playground, removal of concrete from the posts and loading. Community service workers will also help. The metal will be recycled or repurposed with proceeds to fund filing for non-profit and tax exempt status for Sustainable Norcross. Come show some love, save the planet and earn some green for Sustainable Norcross. For more details email email@example.com.
Volunteerism: Create an active and knowledgeable volunteer and outreach organization.
Education: Educate community about available environmental resources and initiatives in our area.
Recycling and Waste Reduction: Encourage the City to lead by example to buy and use recycled and post-consumer products, recycle all possible waste, compost yard debris; use vendors that recycle and use recycled materials. Encourage and incentivize all citizens to do the same. Encourage City to set up permanent recycling drop-off locations.
Trees and Green Space: Increase overall number of parks, acres of green space, trees, and locally grown food choices to improve energy use, a sense of place, healthy food and water, and fuel reduction.
Water Conservation: Significantly reduce water consumption through conservation and innovative practices and increase the overall water quality of our surface and ground water resources.
Energy Conservation: Reduce total energy consumption by the City, commercial, industrial and private individuals, while simultaneously increasing percentage of renewable energy sources used.
Transportation and Air Quality: Reduce overall emissions by providing local essential services and encouraging human-powered alternatives, efficient use of space, and conservative vehicle operating guidelines.
Land Use: Encourage City to provide incentives for redevelopment of grayfield and brownfield sites for commercial, industrial and government use. Encourage mixed-use development, appropriate in-fill development, and essential service businesses.
Green Building: Promote Leed certification for new municipal buildings and LEED-EB certification for existing municipal building renovations. Encourage City to provide incentives for residential, commercial and industrial construction that also meet green building guidelines.