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, September 20, 2015

In Sync

Through an intergovernmental agreement Gwinnett County DOT manages the county and state roads inside Norcross city limits. Over multiple years and with federal grants, SPLOST, and other funding, several sets of traffic signals on busy Norcross roads have been synchronized for improved traffic low, less idling time, and quicker commutes. Less idling reduces fuel consumption for drivers and also reduces air pollution for everyone. On a per corridor analysis it has been estimated from before and after studies that annual fuel consumption can be lowered by 7% and CO/VOC emissions lowered by 17 & 12% respectively with these synchronized traffic signals. Here are some of the sets of synchronized lights in and near Norcross: 9 cameras, 15 traffic signals on 3.6 miles of Indian Trail Road between Beaver Ruin Road and US Highway 29/Lawrenceville Highway. Peachtree Industrial Blvd from Holcomb Bridge to Rogers Bridge and upgrade of existing infrastructure along Jimmy Carter Blvd from US 29 to Holcomb Bridge at the river. A similar project from Beaver Ruin Rd SR 378 from Buford Hwy SR 13/US 23 to Lawrenceville Hwy US 29 was completed around May 2010. Buford Hwy SR 13/US 23 from Global Forum Blvd to Sugarloaf Pkwy. The portion inside Norcross city limits includes 6 intersections of Buford Hwy with: Jimmy Carter Blvd, North Norcross - Tucker Rd, Cemetery St, Mitchell Rd, Beaver Ruin Rd/Lawrenceville St, Langford Rd/Old Norcross Rd. Construction started Fall 2009 and was finished in approximately April 2011. The Vision Statement of Gwinnett County Department of Transportation lists among its aspirations to “…be known as the place with …synchronized traffic signals…”among other things. To this end the division maintains over 700 signals, 170 flashers, over 200 miles of fiber optic communications cable, 207 CCTV cameras and the operation of the Traffic Control Center. Some of these signals are synchronized and we are pleased that some of them are in and around Norcross. They aid Norcross in becoming and remaining a Green Community.

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