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TOGETHER WE CAN IMAGINE
TOGETHER WE CAN IMAGINE
CITY OF NORCROSS
AS A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
NORCROSS RECEIVES ARC GREEN COMMUNITIES SILVER AWARD
Sustainable Norcross Earns Regional Applause
City of Norcross, GA - On February 24, 2011, the efforts of the citizen-based group, "Sustainable Norcross" were recognized at The Civic League for Regional Atlanta's annual Whats Right with the Region! awards dinner. Whats Right with the Region! recognizes individuals and organizations working to build an Atlanta region where everyday people have a voice in the plans and policies guiding the future of their communities and the region.
At this year's event, The Civic League presented its Regional Excellence Award to Sustainable Norcross Commission founder Connie Weathers, as well as former Fayette County Commission Chair Jack Smith, and StoryCorps Atlanta. Regional Excellence Awards are presented to individuals, organizations and initiatives that are meeting a need in the community, demonstrating innovative solutions and creating opportunities for positive change in the region. This prestigious award comes right after Sustainable Norcross also achieved what few other communities in Metro Atlanta can claim - Green Communities Silver Certification.
According to Ms. Weathers, "This award, like the Green Communities Award, and our 2010 nomination for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's Best Green Government, is exciting not only for me personally, but for everyone in Norcross who rolled up their sleeves to achieve a common goal. It takes a village and the success of Sustainable Norcross to date has been the result of our city government supporting and working with its citizens, and of a group of citizens who really care about the community. It's exciting what we have achieved in reducing our community's overall environmental impact. And there's still more in the works!"
Only 2 1/2 years old, this 5-member citizen panel advises the City of Norcross on environmental and sustainability topics. Their primary objective is the development of a measured sustainable city plan and regular communication with the city leadership. Goals range from water and energy conservation, transportation and air quality to green building and land use. Heavy emphasis is on education and volunteerism.
As part of their educational outreach, the group has hosted classes on making rain barrels, handed out information at the local Whistle Stop Farmers Market, and given workshops on water quality monitoring of local streams. Led by Ms. Weather's indomitable energy and vision, they've organized community clean-up days, enhanced local recycling efforts, supported efforts by Norcross' City Council to go paperless, and in a short time, made a positive and visible difference in Norcross' natural environment.
While Ms. Weathers has unquestionably let the charge in earning Norcross headline status as a sustainable community, the Sustainable Norcross Commission is comprised of several additional hard working volunteers who deserve recognition for their part. These Sustainable Norcross Commission members are Chuck Cimarik, Kathy Nau, Heather Royston and Jim Scarbrough. For more information about the Sustainable Norcross Commission and its activities and volunteer opportunities, please visit http://sustainablenorcrossinc.blogspot.com.
Mission: The Sustainable Norcross Commission is a five member citizen panel appointed by the City Council. Their purpose is to advise the Mayor and Council regarding sustainability and environmental matters through development of a measured sustainable city plan and regular communication.
Responsibilities: Goals are in the areas of: Green Building, Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Trees and Green Space, Transportation and Air Quality, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Land Use, Education and Volunteerism.
The commission will measure their success by assisting the City in the pursuit of
Volunteer with others of Sustainable Norcross in activities and initiatives that are "preserving our future by living smarter today". Volunteer
What is "sustainability"?
"Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" source: Our Common Future, report of the United Nations World Commission on
Decisions and actions of a sustainable community must have a positive impact on people, planet and profit.
Together we can Imagine Norcross a Sustainable Community.
Additional Information: Members
Connie Weathers 770-246-0083
Chuck Cimarik 404-915-7856
Jennifer Rogers-Kunda 404-503-7574
Heather Royston 770-729-6491
Jim Scarbrough 770-449-9754
Name: Connie Weathers