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Atlanta Citizen Scientists Needed for 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count

Anna’s Hummingbird by Michael Renzi, 2015 GBBCAtlanta Audubon Society is seeking citizen scientists to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 17-20, 2017. On these four days, birdwatchers from across the globe will be counting birds and sharing the information with a community of other bird watchers in near real-time. The Great Backyard Bird Count collects and displays data in order to create a “snapshot” of the distribution and abundance of birds worldwide in the month of February. This snapshot helps scientists get a ‘big picture’ glimpse of current trends in bird populations.

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Pollution Levels Plummet in Proctor Creek

Pollution tracking requires technical expertise, persistence, a certain fearlessness — and sometimes a little help from man’s best friend. 

Pollution tracking requires technical expertise, persistence, a certain fearlessness — and sometimes a little help from man’s best friend.

Mike Meyer (pictured above) still remembers the dog that unexpectedly jumped through a hole in a chain link fence, showing him one of the few ways to access a creek in northwest Atlanta suspected of being polluted with sewage. He was scouting for locations to take water samples on a tributary to Proctor Creek, as part of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Neighborhood Water Watch (NWW) program — a highly- successful initiative that Mike has managed for the past four years.

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Al Gore, APHA, Climate Reality, Harvard Global Health Institute and Others to Fill Gap Left by Canceled CDC Climate & Health Meeting

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, announced a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, GeorgiaEvent will focus on nexus of climate change and public health

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, announced a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the event will fill the gap left by the recently canceled Climate & Health Summit originally to be hosted and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.

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Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. VP and General Counsel has Scholarship Named in Her Honor

The Honorable Nina R. Hickson Scholarship is awarded to those qualified individuals interested in attending a four-year college with a focus towards majoring in government/law, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), journalism, social work, or another closely related major.On January 17, 2017, Circle of Friends: Celebrating Life, Inc. (COFCL) announced its new Impact Scholarship to assist young, female survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation pursue post-secondary education and workforce skills in pursuit of self-sufficiency.

COFCL may award up to twenty (20) new scholarships in an aggregate amount of up to $10,000 each year. One of the new scholarships was named for Ms. Nina Hickson, VP and General Counsel for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI). The Honorable Nina R. Hickson Scholarship is awarded to those qualified individuals interested in attending a four-year college with a focus towards majoring in government/law, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), journalism, social work, or another closely related major.

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DeKalb Adopts Wastewater Retainage Credit Program

DeKalb County has adopted a new initiative that will allow residential and commercial customers to save money on their sewer service.

“This innovative program ensures our commercial customers can keep their costs down in a competitive global economy, while also providing equity for residential customers who are using water, but not allowing it to flow into the drainage system,” said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond.

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