January 1 may be the traditional day for resolutions, but, for me, that time of the year is way too hectic to be able to think straight and to set a true course for the future. For me, the day that has far more resonance is the one we are about to face tomorrow. March 4. March forth.

With our beloved one-snow-day-a-year behind us now, and the daffodils blooming all around the Dunwoody Farmhouse, and a particularly dark winter for the economy turning a corner, perhaps, as the potential of stimulus money and its effect on our country, state, and city titillates, today is a good day to spend a few moments reflecting on the path you want to forge this year, the course you want to set for the next stage of your journey. Then, tomorrow you can wake up and get up and stretch your arms and legs and mind and march forth into a new day and a new way of doing things that have the potential to make a positive diffference in your life. Why be locked into one direction, one way of doing things, when opportunity beckons?

If principles of sustainability figure into your plan, here are some ways to embrace March:

Green Wednesdays: Townsend Bailey of Sustainable Atlanta
March 4, Pizza Fusion (2233 Peachtree Road)

Green Wednesdays is free and open to anyone with an interest in the green/ sustainable business world. It is sponsored by the Green Chamber of the South. This new business chamber already partners with Dekalb County, Fulton County, and our newbie city neighbor, Johns Creek.

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable: The "Greening" of the Affordable Housing Market
March 6--634 West Peachtree Street (All Saint's), Atlanta

The “greening” of affordable housing should look beyond promoting sustainable construction practices and creating durable, healthy homes to also addressing the issues of quality growth. Come hear what steps are being taken by the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta to ensure that affordable housing developments are promoting quality growth in our region. (Upcoming topics include water and transportation issues.)

City of Dunwoody Sustainability Commission Monthly Meeting
March 12--Dunwoody Nature Center (7:45 AM)

Join us for an update for the City of Dunwoody's progress so far this year on its pursuit of Atlanta Regional Commission Green Community certification, and find out what the month ahead holds and how you can have an impact. Connect with others in our community as we take sustainable steps forward.

Georgia Organics Conference and Trade Show
March 20-21--Agnes Scott College

This year’s 12th Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Trade Show is bigger and better than ever with more farm and food tours, focused In-depth workshops and Educational Sessions for growers, chefs, foodies, sustainability advocates, and food distributors. This year’s keynote speaker is author Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma). I am attending:

Workshop 4 - Urban Homesteading:
Eating and Living Off the Grid
Jules Dervaes,
Path to Freedom

Since 2001, Jules Dervaes and his family have been living a protest— Path to Freedom—against corporate control of the food supply. They now grow over 6,000 pounds of produce annually on a onefifth acre residential lot in Pasadena, Ca.Their project incorporates alternative energy, transportation, and back-to-basics practices. Mr. Dervaes will present steps individuals can take where they are and with what they have, to become independent and live as responsible stewards of the earth

Greenprints Conference and Tradeshow
March 25 & 26, 2009--Atlanta, GA

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” our city.

Dunwoody Nature Center
Oakhurst Community Garden

Both offer classes that will help you increase your sustainability.

Green Collar Jobs Board

Pursue a new career in a green collar job. Be sure you are well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities as the "shovel-ready" stimulus money starts to flow, or take steps now by finding out what skills you need to learn in order to get in on the action in the future.