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Controlled Christmas Tree Burn at Lowe’s in Suwanee, December 18th

Controlled Christmas Tree Burn at Lowe’s in Suwanee, December 18th

On Saturday, December 18th, the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Suwanee, have teamed up to bring a powerful message of what can go wrong if you are not properly caring for a live Christmas tree. 

A mock room has been constructed in the parking lot and will be complete with a live tree and furnishings.  The tree will be burned to demonstrate the dangers of a live tree that is not properly cared for.  Information will also be available for those who use an artificial tree to decorate for the holidays.  This will be a highly graphic and visual demonstration.  The media is asked to please help get the word out about this important and timely event.  The media is also invited to attend and cover the burn.  The safety fair is from 11 a.m.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Special Holiday Camp for Kids so Parents can go shop

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Special Holiday Camp for Kids so Parents can go shop

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by GEHC)  

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping but don’t want to drag the kids along with you to the mall?  No need to worry.  Drop off your kids at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) for a special Green Living Kids program on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  You can also do some shopping for those special loved ones at the GEHC Green Your Holiday Event on the same day.

The Green Living Kids program is for ages 4 – 9 and will be conducted in two sessions. (10 AM until Noon and 1 PM until 3:00 PM).

Changes for Gwinnett County Water Rules

During a recent meeting, Gwinnett commissioners voted to change a law on water conservation to meet rules set this year by the state legislature. The 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB 370) requires local governments to adopt certain provisions by Jan. 1, 2011.

Water Resources Acting Director Lynn Smarr said the new regulations are necessary because Georgia needs to continue to preserve our water resources for now and future generations. The new ordinance allows outdoor watering for certain purposes seven days a week during non-drought periods but not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Uses allowed include irrigation for planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants.

Certain uses are unrestricted including commercial operations, personal food gardens, filling swimming pools, hand watering with a hose, soaker hoses, watering crops and recreation areas, and using reclaimed or well water.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts a Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition 11/30

Atlanta, GA--  As part of its December Green Holiday Program, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) will host a Sustainable Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. Designers (Kid designers and professionals welcome) will create environmentally-friendly houses out of edible materials that highlight sustainability and green building design. 

At least three sustainable building elements must be included in the design of the gingerbread house, such as solar panels, rain barrels, green roof, windmills, etc. Participants may use a traditional gingerbread recipe, a recipe for dog biscuits, bird seed cakes, or any other edible product. (Suggested recipes can be found on www.gwinnettEHC.org.) The structure can also include birdseed, pinecones, leaves, twigs… anything from nature.

Gwinnett County boasts Great Parks

Gwinnett County seems to be racking up the accolades, the latest being recognized as the number one park agency in the state serving populations of 80,001+ by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association.

As one of the fastest growing, aging and culturally diverse counties in the state, Gwinnett has experienced unparalleled growth in population, diversity and economic challenges over the past year and has risen to this challenge through fostering public/private partnerships, tapping alternative funding mechanism, creative planning, design and development and with citizen involvement and input.

This award demonstrates excellence in citizen involvement and support systems, long-range planning, fiscal resource management, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, technological integration, program planning and assessment.

For more information on Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, call 770.822.8840 or visit www.

Creatures of the Night Festival, 2-5 p.m.

According to the people of Gwinnett, the woods of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) come alive at night. On Friday, October 23th, from 2-5 p.m. experience the Creatures of the Night Festival and the many environmentally focused tips they’re offering residents who want to have a “green” Halloween.

During this festival, nocturnal animals and their adaptations will woo crowds and entertain participants.

Great Clean Up Event

Atlanta, GA--  

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and Board of Commissioners officially launch the Great DeKalb Cleanup beginning this Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7a.m. at the DeKalb Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy in Decatur. The cleanups will be held every weekend through Oct. 31.

As part of a committed effort to stabilize property values throughout the county, the Great DeKalb Cleanup will address areas of unincorporated DeKalb County that have not been maintained. The clean up is designed to have the maximum level of impact on the worst affected areas by encouraging the involvement and investment of the community in policing and maintaining these areas in the future.

County employees and community service workers will document and remove illegally posted signs in the right-of-ways, cut back overgrown weeds and shrubs, pick up litter and place debris near the roadway for sanitation pickup the following day.