Eco Briefs

SAGE Parking DeckThe Urban Land Institute has honored the Atlanta Botanical Garden with its highest award for excellence in environmentally sustainable development – the first time the nonprofit research and education organization has recognized a public garden. ULI’s Atlanta district council presented the Garden with the Development of Excellence Award for the new SAGE Parking Facility and Hardin Visitor Center. The award recognizes an outstanding development project exemplifying ULI’s mission of providing leadership in responsible land use.

Renewal Design Build and the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., are co-hosting a free “Make Your Home Green” seminar Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. The topic is learning how make indoor air healthier. Please visit or

Artlite Office Supply has made its shipping green by eliminating the use of cardboard boxes for deliveries. All shipments are now made in reusable plastic crates. The Artlite delivery person will unpack the order, verify the order, and take the crate back with him.

999 Peachtree has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. The ENERGY STAR designates 999 Peachtree as one of the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency and also brings the building one step closer to achieving the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for an existing building.

TerraWare, a biodegradable alternative to plastic plates and cutlery, is now available at Publix and Whole Foods. Durable enough for piping hot coffee and safe to put in the dishwasher for re-use, TerraWare is made of cornstarch resin, which breaks down in four to six months. It can even be put in the compost pile at home. For more information visit

Raintree PestGuard, formerly known as PestGuard Pest, has been serving metro Atlanta for four decades. The company is now using environmentally conscious and ecological methods to fight pests in homes and businesses.

Maid Brigade has expanded its green cleaning services by adding dry steam vapor technology. VapurClean uses water to clean and disinfect, eliminating the use of disinfectants. It can effectively rid a home of mold, mildew and kill dust mites. The system can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, fixtures, ovens, wood decks, patio furniture, upholstery, carpets, windows, tile – literally any surface in the home. Call (770) 234-0034 or visit

Empire Heating & Air is giving away a free Ever Rest by Amanafurnace to the homeowner who registers the oldest furnace with them through March, 2010. Homeowners must provide contact info and the age of the furnace, which will be verified by Empire. Winners will receive a new furnace and standard installation. (404) 294-0900 or

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.