Eco Briefs: Sustainability news from around Intown

REI Co-op is investing a total of $157,500 in 12 local nonprofit organizations in Atlanta in 2018, as part of the co-op’s continued commitment to steward outdoor spaces and connect people to the outdoors. Recipients include: American Whitewater, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Children & Nature Network, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, Georgia Conservancy, GirlTrek, National Forest Foundation, Park Pride Atlanta, Peachtree Creek Greenway, Southeastern Climbers Coalition and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association.

The New Realm Brewing at Common Ground on the Atlanta BeltLine had solar panels installed by Velo Solar.

New Realm Brewing, located in the new Common Ground project along the Atlanta BeltLine in Poncey-Highland, has partnered with local solar installer Velo Solar to create a distinctive, money-saving energy source for the brewery. New Realm will cut its utility bills by 10 to 20 percent with the use of a 40kW rooftop solar array, which will shrink the brewery’s footprint by more than 42 metric tons of CO2 annually.

The Junior League of Atlanta (JLA) received a $32,389 matching grant from Grants to Green to fund eco-friendly and energy efficient initiatives throughout the JLA’s headquarters. The grant dollars will focus specifically on working to address energy consumption and incorporating sustainability enhancements to the building, which is used by over 3,000 JLA members and community partners.

Kim Painter Chesney

Atlanta-based encaustic artist Kim Painter Chesney’s new exhibition, “Bee Giving: The Art of Giving Back,” is now open at Hall-Space in Buckhead. The exhibition features work created with beeswax. A portion of sales from the exhibition will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The exhibition runs through October at Hall-Space, 3261 Roswell Road NE, in Buckhead.

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