please come join us this weekend at ecoLife at Atlantic Station

ecoLife is an eco-Lifestyle event that offers two days of eco-Friendly Family Edutainment and Fun. Free to attend, so don’t miss out on this annual event that offers so much for you, your family, and your community.

Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26 from 10am – 6pm at Atlantic Station.

See the latest in eco-Friendly Products and Services, and Healthy Living, hands on experiences, and demonstrations for everything from composting to energy saving solutions; hear from the experts on eco-careers to greening up around your home, enjoy music, food, beverage and giveaways.

Chefs Corner offers “Farm to Table” demonstrations from local chefs preparing delectable meals with locally grown produce. Shop the Marketplace for the latest in repurposed art, jewelry, flowers, coffee and spices. The Kids Zone offers learning and fun; be energized by Captain Planet, learn to compost, and see live birds of prey by Hawk Talk.

And don’t forget to participate in the ecoDepot Collection of e-scrap, paints, pesticides and prescription meds, on Saturday, September 25th from 10am to 1pm, and the Huge Sale on Rain Barrels and Compost Bins on Saturday, September 25th from 9am to 3pm while supplies last. You’ll experience new innovative technologies, dynamic new products and services, new ideas, interactive exhibits and practical new ways to better our community, and live healthier and sustainable lives.

Visit www.ecolife-events.com for event details and more…

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ecoTransitions Promotes EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week” March 15–21, 2010

Marietta, GA—Because minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, ecoTransitions is promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 15 through 21, 2010. Fix a Leak Week is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program as an annual reminder to Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

“Leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted at home every year—that’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” said Andrea Paulinellli, CEO and President. “ecoTransitions is participating in Fix a Leak Week to help homeowners save money on their utility bills and to help save water in our community and for future generations. Atlanta may lose its rights to access water from Lake Lanier in 2012. If that is the case, Georgia must undertake the difficult — and costly — process of either living on less or finding more water. By replacing old, water-guzzling fixtures in our households, we can make a great start in reducing our indoor water use by up to 50 percent.”

To help consumers here in Georgia and across the country save water, ecoTransitions and WaterSense are promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, your favorite handy person, plumber, or WaterSense irrigation partner. Following are a few water-saving tips:

  • Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model. 
  • Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home with a constantly running toilet up to 200 gallons of water per day. If the leaky toilet uses 3.5 gallons per flush, replace it with a High Efficiency Toilet and save hundreds of Dollars per year. 
  • For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench. 
  • Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing. 

If homeowners have to replace a plumbing fixture, ecoTransitions reminds them to look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, and (soon) showerheads have been independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models. For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.

 

 
 
 

 

About ecoTransitions Inc Located in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, ecoTransitions is a supplier for WaterSense labeled Caroma Dual Flush toilets. These High Efficiency Toilets (HET’s) qualify for the $100 Toilet rebate available in most Metro Atlanta Counties.  On the Web: http://www.ecotransitions.com , Email: sales@ecotransitions.com, Phone: (678) 313-9260.

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WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water. For more information on WaterSense, and for a full list of labeled products and WaterSense irrigation and builder partners, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

Red, White, Blue and…Green?

Red, White, Blue and…Green?

Posted using ShareThis by Rebecca Lacko, LA Parenting Examiner

Put a little green in your red, white and blue celebration

This Fourth of July weekend, Americans will light up more than 60 million barbecues and will roast about 150 million hot dogs and 890 million pounds of chicken and red meat. A yummy prospect for most picnickers, but consider that, according to Jason Green, coordinator for St. Petersburg College’s Office for Sustainability, “A typical party of 30 guests can create 80 pounds of waste.”

Not only is paper waste an environmental concern, but as Green reports, “It’s estimated that Americans using their grills will create the same amount of carbon dioxide as if 2,300 acres of forest were burnt.”

Think it ends with paper waste and CO2 emmissions? Think again. Fireworks contain potassium perchlorate, which gets into the soil, air and water and causes damage to the thyroid gland. Other ingredients include such heavy metals as barium and copper, which are toxic.

Party Like an Independent American, AND Minimize Damage to the Environment!

What are the best ways to celebrate the holiday season in an environmentally friendly way? Here are some ideas:

  • For July 4 parties, use real plates, silverware and cloth napkins and stay away from paper napkins, disposable paper plates and plastic utensils. If you must use disposable plates, buy plates that are biodegradable. Did you know that  disposable plates are now available that are made from corn, potato and sugar-cane pulp?
  • Throw a potluck party to share resources and carpool.
  • Prepare meals and desserts with locally-grown organic ingredients and free-range, grass-fed meats and poultry. (Bonus: they’re much more delicious!)
  • Balance your meat dishes with more sustainable vegetable-based items. Potato salad, anyone?
  • Provide recycling bins for glass bottles, cans and plastic — A must-do!
  • When BBQ-ing, use natural gas grills — they pollute less than charcoal grills. To make matters worse, over-charring meat produces toxic chemicals in the food itself.
  • Don’t shoot off polluting fireworks at home; instead, go to one of the city- or county-sponsored events.
  • Make your own natural insect repellent! Frequently reapply basic essential oils like lavender, rosemary and cedar wood. These oils can trick insects into thinking you’re a plant.
  • If you must use a DEET-based insect repellent, choose products with less than 20% DEET. Never apply over cuts or wounds; never apply on infants or if you are taking any medications; don’t spray in enclosed areas; and wash skin with soap and water after use.
  • Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products and cloths or micro fiber rags to clean up after the party.

    For more info: Learn more about the sustainable | SPC initiative

50% off admission at the Go Green Expo in Atlanta

Register online by 5 pm today, Wednesday June 24 and use the code GGE50 for 50% off admission – regular admission is $10 – Students and Seniors are $5 –  Children under 12 are free.

Business-to-Business Expo (attendance free of charge with business card)
Friday, June 26th • 10am – 5pm

Business-to-Business & Business-to-Consumer Expo
Saturday, June 27th • 10am – 6pm
Sunday, June 28th • 10am – 5pm

Atlanta, GA • Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

www.CobbGalleria.com

Tickets:
Friday: Complimentary to Business Buyers
(please bring your business card for admission)
Saturday & Sunday: $10 for a full weekend pass
$5 for Students & Seniors with proper ID; Children 12 and under are Free

who should attend?
Everyone interested in learning about environmentally friendly goods & services for use in modern everyday living.

what will you see?
• Over 200 Booths / Exhibits
• Interactive Seminars / Speeches -Download Schedule HERE
• Acoustic Musical Performances
• Green Job Opportunities
• Free yoga sessions
• Rock climbing wall for kids & adults
• Free organic food sampling
• Hybrid Car Test Drives
• Eco-kids zone & Organic Garden
• Green Marketplace
• Demonstrations & hands on activities

when?
Business-to-Business Expo
Friday, June 26th • 10am – 5pm

Business-to-Business & Business-to-Consumer Expo
Saturday, June 27th • 10am – 6pm
Sunday, June 28th • 10am – 5pm

where?
Atlanta, GA • Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

www.CobbGalleria.com

why?
To learn how green alternatives can positively change the way you impact the environment. Each of our small changes make a big impact.

how?
Click HERE for tickets

 

 

 

 

“Go Green Expo” Set to be Atlanta’s Largest Eco-Event

Source: CSR Press Release

ATLANTA – June 10, 2009 – Over 230 of the most exciting eco-friendly companies will be exhibiting in Atlanta June 26 – 28 for the Go Green Expo at the Cobb Galleria. As one of the largest tradeshow for eco-friendly products & services in the United States, Go Green Expo introduces guests to national eco-celebrities, the latest fuel-efficient cars, eco-fashion and beauty products, green products for families and children, organic food, health and wellness events, the latest in green building and solar products and more.

 

In an effort to encourage Atlanta’s business leaders to embrace eco-friendly products, services and practices, the Expo will open its doors on Friday, June 26 from 10 am – 5 pm for a complimentary business to business day. Business buyers, wholesalers, CEO’s, government agencies, procurement officers, and environmental industry professionals are encouraged to attend. Admission is free on Friday with a company business card.

 

Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, tickets are only $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and military families, free for kids under the age of 12. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.GoGreenExpo.com Please use code “GGE50” for 50% off ticket prices (online registration only).

 

Show highlights include:

  • Test-drives of the latest fuel-efficient cars including Toyota’s 3rd generation Prius and Smart Car on Saturday & Sunday.
  • Free Yoga sessions from Dahm Yoga and My Traveling Yogi.
  • Rock climbing walls for kids and adults alike on Saturday and Sunday – those who reach the top will have a tree planted in their name in Atlanta!
  • Meet Oscar-nominated actress, model, eco-mom and author Mariel Hemingway, Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 pm. Mariel will be signing copies of her new cookbook, Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life.
  • Acoustic Musical Performances all day Sunday from Magic Hat, Jeff Hix & the Heretics and the DejaBlue Grass Band.
  • On Sunday, June 28 meet Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, one of the “greenest” football players in the NFL. Ovie will be signing autographs, posing for photos and discussing how to inspire kids to go green.
  • Free organic food samplings and FARMER D Organics will be creating organic and biodynamic eco-garden that will help foster healthier communities that grow their own food at their homes, schools, businesses, farms and more.
  • Win tradeshow prizes including an exciting weeklong stay in Costa Rica and an eco-friendly scooter from Ride Green
  • The Ann Jackson Gallery will showcase the Dr. Seuss Lorax collection. Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.
  • Atlanta eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel will speak about greening your body and home and give a photo tour of her LEED certified residence EcoManor on Saturday.
  • The GREENandSAVE Eco Academy is a cutting edge training program designed to give individuals all the necessary tools to have a rewarding career in the “green” industry as a Home Efficiency Consultant. Become a Home Efficiency Consultant in as little as 30 days!
  • Learn about green building from the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta, Mandy Schmitt and the President of the USGBC Atlanta chapter Ben Taube. 

Go Green Expo sponsors and partners include: WSB-TV, Dave FM, Captain Planet Foundation, Mother Nature Network, Creative Loafing, Green Chamber of the South, CareerEco, PrintResponsily.com, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Southeast Green, Atlanta.com, Earth Share of Georgia, The Georgia River Network, Sustainable Furnishings Council, HowYouEco.com, Natural Awakenings Magazine, EcoScene, The Architects Newspaper, Boho Magazine, Earth-List, Green Energy Council, Yelp.com & more.

 

Grow your green business! Limited booth space still available, please contact Nicole Boyer (212) 655-4505 x226 or NBoyer@GoGreenExpo.com.

What is Earth Day about?

Source: Wikipedia

Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year.

The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969.

Read more on Wikipedia

ecoTransitions is participating at several Earth Day events to promote water conservation in the home. Please visit us at these fun, family friendly events where we perfom our famous flushing demos:

Sweetwater 420 Festival, April 18-19, Candler Park, Atlanta

Enjoy great music, great beer and a variety of local, regional and national non-profits and environmental organizations.  Last year festival goers could visit over 15 organizations to learn ways that they could take earth friendly practices back to their community and homes.

View the full schedule here 

Sweetwater 420 fest schedule 2009

View other events where we will be showing how you can conserve drinking water by making small changes in the bathroom

http://www.ecotransitions.com/events.asp

Come and Watch Caroma’s exceptional flushing power at Greenprints in Atlanta, March 25&26, 2009

Visit Alterna Corp’s booth at Greenprints and see Caroma’s exceptional flushing power yourself.

The Greenprints Conference and Tradeshow, a leading southeastern green building symposium, returns in 2009. Join green building professionals, policy makers and industry experts as they come together at Greenprints to share trends, strategies and the latest environmental technologies in a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment. Learn how Atlanta measures up as a sustainable city and explore smarter ways to “green” your city. Plan now to attend the region’s most acclaimed event of its kind, the Greenprints Conference and Tradeshow, hosted by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and Southface, in Atlanta on March 25-26, 2009.

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is the venue for 2009 conference. View more details about Greenprints here