5 Environmental Organizations Fighting for a Greener Future in Georgia

by Valencia Davillier Jackson Mar 30, 2016

1. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, located in Atlanta Georgia, is an environmental advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin, a drinking water source for nearly four million people. The area of our watershed north of Atlanta is one of the nation’s smallest to serve a major metropolitan area and given the size and the growing population it is essential to use this resource wisely in order to provide current clean water and water for the future. The organization provides education to students, business professionals, policy makers, and citizens about Georgia’s water crisis. In addition to environmental education, the organization also provides water conservation programs, water monitoring, and enforces environmental laws.

2. Emory Sustainability

Helping to restore our global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the university’s impact on the local environment, Emory University’s sustainability initiatives began with six efforts: recycling, campus forest protection, a committee on the environment, alternative transportation, green purchasing, and the emergency of broad-based sustainability efforts. Emory University is committed to protect and enhance the environment through teaching, research, service, and administrative operations. Their goal is to foster a community that sustains ecological systems and educates for environmental awareness, local action, and global thinking.

3. EarthShare Georgia

EarthShare Georgia works to ensure that, one day, the land, air, and water of Georgia is abundant and healthy. The organization addresses issues such as climate change and energy, environment and health, water, wildlife protection and many more. The organization strives on community involvement by connecting business and environmental communities. EarthShare, facilitates lunch & learn sessions, assists with volunteer opportunities, and bring people together with the annual Earth Day events.

4. Trees Atlanta

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Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta works to address Atlanta’s tree loss, protect its forests, and create new green space. The organization’s planting programs has planted more than 100,000 shade trees across the city. Trees Atlanta is a community resource for sustainable growth, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities. Programs such as, The NeighborWoods, Neighborhood Arboreta, and Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum provide continued care of trees in Atlanta’s neighborhoods. In addition, weekly plantings, forest restoration, and the TreeKeepers programs help promote an expanded tree community.

5. Georgia Organics

Georgia Organics connects individuals with farms, farmers markets, or good food businesses in Georgia. The organization believes in a healthy farm system where agriculture works hand in hand with the natural environment. For example, the organization promotes using farming techniques such as crop rotation, and raising animals on pasture, and natural fertilization to help produce food to avoid negative effects on the environment. The organization has the largest guide to organic resources in the state of Georgia, The Food guide.It assists with locating restaurants, caterers, community gardens, farms, and farmers markets. Recognized for its food meets education, and farm to school advocacy, the organization strives to build a better world by better farms.

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