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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Earth Day Festival plans take shape.


Media Contact:
Jason Wright
jason.wright@cityofmiltonga.us
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Birmingham Park festival scheduled April 17

MILTON, GA., April 13, 2010 - The City of Milton's first Earth Day Festival, organized by the Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG), will take place in 205-acre Birmingham Park on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to organizers, the festival will feature environmental education for children including clay sculpture using local materials, a workshop on making bird feeders from recycled juice containers and demonstrations of worm composting and pumpkin planting.

There will also be exhibits from businesses offering earth-friendly products and services, self-guided walking tours of the park, wagon rides and food from local restaurants.

Displays will highlight the winners of the local environmental art contests, participating vendors' efforts to conserve energy and resources, rainwater harvesting methods, and educational displays involving recycling, land use and environmental programs already underway in Milton.

MGG members will also explain efforts to qualify Milton as a Sustainable City under the Atlanta Regional Commission's Green Communities certification program. A tree-planting event conducted as part of the festival will be counted as an offset to the city government's carbon usage and provides points that will contribute to the Sustainable City designation.

Local restaurants that follow and promote sustainable practices will have booths offering free samples and food items for sale alongside information about sustainable packaging, reducing waste destined for landfills and farm-to-table menu ingredients.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for the event can contact miltongrowsgreen@cityofmiltonga.us. Limited opportunities for vendors still exist, and anyone interested should contact the e-mail above or call Gina Schwendel at 770-310-6679.

MGG coordinates the efforts of individual volunteers and community-based organizations through the efforts of its own members, who include Milton residents, business partners and those with an interest in the environment in Milton. For more information, e-mail miltongrowsgreen@cityofmiltonga.us.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since MGG is involved are they going to let Julie be there to greet folks along with Gordon Hunter? Better get Jon McFail to referee!

Anonymous said...

The signs are pretty. That's a positive,unless the ink is oil based, tsk tsk if it is. Got to walk the walk if you are gonna talk the talk.

Anonymous said...

MGG = Milton get gone.

Anonymous said...

The Suberban is electric and the Dodge is hybrid and the business dosent use any fossil fuels so they definitley "walk the talk", and there is lots of talk!

Anonymous said...

Where can you buy one of them Suberbans?

Anonymous said...

They are actually fairly available and affordable, $3,500 and up. The only tricky part is getting the tacky magnets to put on the side. There is one set available now since the boe made an employee remove them from her vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Suburbans start at $40,000 for a half ton, and $42K for a three quarter ton, not offered in electric or hybrid currently. The half ton does supposedly get 21 mpg brand new, after you drive it off the lot it gets 15 mpg.

Which vehicle would you rather have your family be in, in a crash, a Suburban or a Prius? Save the planet or save your family?

Anonymous said...

Suburbans = all about me! Doesn't matter if your big SUV kills the other driver/occupants, right?

Anonymous said...

Next to above poster, you are referring to a new Suburban but the post is about an old one that is owned by a city activist and school teacher.

Anonymous said...

If anyone wants to drive a suburban or whatever, that is their choice and right as an American to do so. I am sick and tired of these Green people demonizing people who dont' drive Prius's. There will always be gas driven vehicles, always. There probably will be hydrogen cars or natural gas powered cars in the future, in addition to fossil fuel driven cars.. It is not evil, and you are not a bad person for driving a suburban or large vehicle. If you are so frikkin concerned about the environment then why aren't you standing outside the Capitol in DC demanding plastic bottles be outlawed. What do you think the number one product in our landfills are, that are polluting the earth and waters, take a wild guess?

Let's see, the reason to drive a prius or small car is because that way, the other people you hit or who hit you, will have a better chance at living, even though you will or could die? Great reasoning there. Um, I'll protect my family first, thanks for the advice. Call me selfish.

Anonymous said...

Is your first, middle and last name Selfish?

Anonymous said...

Sorry you don't agree with looking out for your self as a parent and one's kids before anyone else. Didn't realize you would put your family and your children after everyone else, and prefer to put them at risk. Lucky kids. Hope they know you prefer to drive a prius to save others and not yourself and them. But that's the socialist thing to do. Give up all your freedoms and choices for the good of all. You'd be happy if we all had the same row house, same car, same clothes and same income, minus no dreams and no individuality. Yeah, I am going to look out for myself and my kids before yours and anyone elses.

- Selfish

Anonymous said...

Selfish, don't get your panties in a wad. I did not say I disagreed with you.

My question was about your handle and nothing else.

Now it's my turn to be presumptuous, you're the one who drives a large suv, tailgates, speeds, talks on cell phone, drives across center line, kids in back on electronic devices. However, your kids will be o.k. as long as you don't hit another large suv, right.

Anonymous said...

There are many vehicles in between the green Prius and the large gas guzzling and road hogging large SUV's that a family could ride in and be comfortable and safe and even be gas and cost conscious. But Milton Americans seem to want to drive the same black Cadillac Escalade or tan Suburban. Talk about lack of individuality and conformity to excess!

Anonymous said...

I drive a midsize car, and I have one child, grown, so no toting around sorry! I don't text at all, and I have handsfree bluetooth speakerphone in my car.

The top selling suv in America is the Honda CR-V, followed by Ford Escape, and Toyota Rav4. No mention of the Escalade or Suburban at all in the February 2010 top ten list. No conformity to excess there, or lack of individuality.

Anonymous said...

The suv's you name are compact suv's. Do more research and look for full size suv's and get back to us.

Anonymous said...

Milton, GA is not like the rest of America - go to any school, public and private, and watch what the parents drive. Go to any store parking lot in Milton and see if you can find your car between all the big SUVs. And be sure to move over when those SUV owners drive over the center line into your lane.