To mark its 20th anniversary, PATH Foundation is launching a new website that uses the latest mapping technologies from Google for trail maps, including mobile maps for smart phones. “While we still have great downloadable trail maps on our website, we’re also using new technology so people can get maps on their smart phones while they are on the trail,” said Ed McBrayer, Executive Director of PATH Foundation. “The new mapping technology is incredibly useful and shows parking areas, rest stops and restaurants.” Users can text ‘PATH’ to 99699 to receive a list of trail maps available to view. pathfoundation.org
MODA Floors & Interiors in the West Midtown Design District has an eco-friendly window display created by Lori Sturgess, an Atlanta “green” artist, using leftover carpet, tile and other raw materials from MODA’s warehouse. The mannequin was brought back to life after previous service in a local department store. www.modafloorsandinteriors.com
EcoSense for Living as a PSA series in 2005 with tips on how to save money and be green simultaneously. It got such positive feedback, she created the first episode which features Clark Howard, green cleaning experts and 30 minutes chock full of environmentally friendly ways to save money around the house. Episode 1 will premiere in Georgia on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. Highlights of the programs include a visit savings guru Clark Howard, green buildings and schools, and how businesses are becoming more knowledgeable about the environment.
This year, Green Seal evaluated the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and determined that it complies with the environmental and performance requirements of the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties – Bronze designation. For 2012, the hotel is hoping to earn a silver designation. Some of the initiatives include energy and water conservation such as energy efficient lighting, low-flow faucet aerators and computerized building management systems, which control the HVAC. There is a waste minimization initiative including single stream recycling of all cardboard, paper, plastics, aluminum and glass; composting; recycling of linen, towels and soft goods; elimination of Styrofoam; paperless check-in; charitable food donation; sustainable food and beverage menu offerings; bottled water alternatives; fryer oil recycling; and battery florescent bulb recycling.