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  • MARTASustainability

    MARTA Goes for Sustainability

    Saying one is “going green” by riding MARTA is a step towards better sustainability, considering of the en-vironment by conserving resources to support a longtime ecological balance. MARTA provides not only rapid public transit, but also is a leading organization in a vital societal goal: sustainability.


    MARTA is undergoing a thorough examination of its entire operations, evaluating its electricity use and plumbing to save energy and water. Instead of paper towels it uses high-efficiency hand dryers in restrooms and motion detector light with LED low energy bulbs.


    Sustainability efforts by MARTA, however, are truly comprehensive, in the form of detailed investment grade audits to measure all resources, especially energy and water. Beyond these costs, there is monitoring em-ployee retention and productivity. And as it grows and retrofits, MARTA facilities are marked by highest sus-tainability standards. These include the Buckhead Pedestrian Bridge, pictured above, the Laredo Bus Facility in Decatur and the Midtown Arts Station, all funded by competitive grants. MARTA   Read more...

  • 4Tips

    4 Tips For Helping Your Child Disconnect From the Electronic World

    Ever since Nintendo made the Pokemon Go video-game app available, young people have been exploring their communities with their eyes firmly fixed on their smartphones rather than on the wonders of the world.


    If endless hours spent capturing imaginary creatures seems like an electronic addiction, it very well may be, but that’s nothing new. Many children have been plugged into electronic devices for a long time now, rarely looking up as they help virtual animals save the day, keep race cars on track and watch endless loops of videos on YouTube.


    And that can be a concern, says Elaine Fogel Schneider, Ph.D., a therapist and author of “7 Strategies for Raising Calm, Inspired & Successful Children” (


    “They are so attached to technology at such an early age and it’s changing their brain circuitry,” Schneider says. “They begin to lose the back and forth communication with their parents, and/or siblings, and the whole notion of empathy. For really young children, these devices have become the babysitter. I fully understand that pare   Read more...

  • FlyingTigers

    Flying Tigers at Atlanta Warbird Weekend

    It’s important our children know that warbirds refer to vintage military aircraft, not angry birds equipped for battle. The famous WWII fighters with the shark-faced nose art will be on display at Peachtree DeKalb Airport dur-ing Atlanta Warbird Weekend September 24-25. This iconic art of the Flying Tigers remains among the most rec-ognizable image of any individual combat aircraft or combat unit of World War II. While the fighters will not be displayed in the sky, they will be along the tarmac for an exclusive look into the history of America’s warbirds.


    This year’s event is dedicated to the American Volunteers Group Flying Tigers 75th anniversary. To celebrate, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing out of Peachtree City is hopes to bring over ten P-40s to create the larg-est gathering of Curtis P-40 Warhawk since WWII.


    “In just 7 months of intense aerial combat,” says Atlanta Warbird Weekend chair Mo Aguiari, “the American Volunteers Group earned a lasting niche in aviation history.” Three of the surviving Flying Tigers will be present at the PDK r   Read more...

  • DoravilleProduction

    When Autos Were Mass Produced in Doraville

    Commuters taking Motors Industrial Way in Doraville have for months seen progress on a large, dusty construc-tion site for Nalley Automotive car dealership and service. It’s ironic, because decades ago this I-285 access road was once widely travelled by auto workers. Along old Motors Industrial Boulevard this hulking 165-acre site was home to General Motors Doraville Assembly, a plant that mass produced cars for nearly six decades while bringing stability to the general area.


    In 1947 after WW II, GM was ready to convert from wartime to corporate civilian vehicle production with the newly created B-O-P (for Buick- Oldsmobile-Pontiac) Division. Doraville Assembly became a vital regional unit when GM dominated postwar global vehicle sales. From this factory came tens of thousands of popular B-O-P models, including the Skylark, Cutlass and Catalina, as well as Chevrolet Impalas. Workers relocated to Doraville and the community prospered.


    Doraville Assembly closed in 2008, when GM finally lost leadership in the car industry. Various groups had plans for a mixed-use development, but the   Read more...
  • ZeroEnergyHome

    New Atlanta Home is ‘Zero Energy Ready’

    Imery Group is proud to announce the completion of one of the first Zero Energy Ready Homes in the State of Georgia. The 3,764 -square-feet custom home in the north Atlanta community of Alpine Canyon, in Saxton Woods, will be open to the public on Thursday, July 28, from 6:30-8 p.m.


    As defined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program, a Zero Energy Ready Home offers “a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.” DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are at least 40-50 percent more energy efficient than a typical new home. Certi-fied homes are third-party verified to meet high standards for indoor air quality, efficient HVAC design, water conser-vation, ENERGY STAR appliances and fixtures, as well as numerous other best-in-class building science practices.


    As the name indicates, the addition of a renewable energy system (such as solar panels) would allow a Zero En-ergy Ready Home to offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. The home in Chamblee does not yet have such   Read more...
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