Eco BriefsThe Atlanta Jazz Festival is a winner of the 2009 Greener Festival Award. The Greener Award is based on a 56-point checklist that covers green office policies, energy use and carbon reduction, travel and transportation, support for green initiatives, waste management, recycling, water use and environmental protection and noise pollution. The award organizers have a team of environmental auditors who visit festivals to assess environmental good practice and effective green policies.


Atlanta INtown will partner with Green Plate, a non-profit organization seeking to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, in a new campaign called Half Off Green, offering special deals at Intown restaurants who have committed to more sustainable practices and the Green Plate mission. Watch for more details in the October issue and visit and


The Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta’s nine transportation management associations and RideSmart are looking for entries for the 10th annual PACE Awards, recognizing metro Atlanta’s best workplaces for commuters.  Award entry forms are now available at The Clean Air Campaign’s Web site,, or by calling 1-877-253-2624. The deadline for all submissions is Oct. 9. Winners will be honored at the 2009 PACE Awards luncheon, held in conjunction with the annual State of the Commute Lunch and Learn, on Tuesday Nov. 10 at the AT&T Conference Center in Midtown.

The Decatur Library is hosting a series of free seminars on green remodeling this fall. The topics discussed will be: The Homeowner’s Guide to Green Remodeling;, Show Me the Money: Why Green Makes Sense for Your Wallet, and Creating a Healthy Home. The library will feature local eco-experts Peter Michelson, CEO of Decatur’s Renewal Design-Build, and Joe Thomas, certified home performance consultant for Renewal System Solutions.  For more information, call (404) 378-6962 or visit

Partners in Sustainable Building, the first partnership between The Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity International on the national level, has been expanded and will feature a $30 million green building program that will provide funds and resources over a five-year period to help Habitat affiliates build 5,000 homes that meet a nationally recognized green building standard.  The 120 Habitat affiliates selected to participate this year will be granted $3,000 for each home built to Energy Star standards and up to $5,000 for each home built to a higher green standard. Through their partnership, The Home Depot and Habitat hope to demonstrate that green homebuilding is affordable and easy to maintain. For more information, visit

It is that time of year again; the time when your employer asks you to renew your pledge in your company’s employee giving campaign. Remember EarthShare of Georgia is the only “green” choice in giving, providing more than 60 of the most respected environmental member organizations to contribute to.  If your employer does not already have an employee giving campaign, please call EarthShare of Georgia at (404) 873-3173.

ecoEmporium will hold its anniversary sale on Sept. 11 and 12. Everything in the store will be on sale. There will be organic refreshments and more. 1000 Marietta St., Suite 114.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.