Eco-Briefs: Green and sustainability news from around Intown

The green roof on top of the award-winning building called The Edge.
The green roof on top of the award-winning building called The Edge.

Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy will present Next South – the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility – on Feb. 27. The all-day event will be held at The Biltmore in Midtown from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fee is $20. For more information, visit

Registration is open for Park Pride’s 14th annual Parks and Greenspace Conference on March 23. The event, themed “Parks & People: A Declaration of Interdependence,” will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The full day conference will explore the direct relationship between successful parks and the engaged communities that help create them. Keynote speakers include Peter Harnik, Director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, and Alexie Torres-Fleming, Co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance. The conference is expected to sell out. Registration is $155 and available at

PodPonics, which grows fresh produce year-round in urban centers at or near the point of consumption, recently celebrated its expansion in southwest Atlanta with a ribbon cutting attended by Mayor Kasim Reed and Craig J. Richard, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. The company is the largest producer of locally grown lettuce in the Southeast, with its Atlanta farm yielding 2,000 pounds of leafy greens daily. The product, Lettuce Buy Local, is fresh, flavorful, pesticide-free, ready-to-eat, non-genetically modified and can be purchased at Whole Foods, Earth Fare, The Fresh Market and Kroger locations in the region.

Architecture firm Epsten Group has achieved the world’s first global double platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) status for its office building, The Edge. Located on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward and originally constructed in 1946, The Edge has racked up a number of awards including four Green Globes, Urban Design Commission and is a finalist position for the Urban Land Institute of Atlanta’s Award for Excellence. The building’s sustainable features include a thin-film photovoltaic system, a green roof, high-efficiency systems and lighting, well-insulated walls with an air barrier, water-efficient fixtures, low-VOC finishes, and salvaged wood. Epsten Group was recently awarded a high-profile design project for Zoo Atlanta, converting the historic Cyclorama building into a unique event facility overlooking a mixed-species savanna exhibit.

Trees Atlanta is expanding its youth and adult education programing designed to provide opportunities for everyone to learn proper techniques for planting and caring for trees, while also becoming better stewards for the urban forest. Junior TreeKeepers is a five-day summer camp for kids in elementary and middle school, volunteers are need to help spred the organization’s mission with the TreeSpeakers group, and Youth Tree Stewards learn about the environment while helping to maintain the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and more. For more information, visit