Fur and the Fashion Industry: While Some Move Away, Others Do Not

Earlier this month Gucci, a major luxury fashion brand, announced it would stop using animal fur. While most apparel stores in Athens have moved away from real fur, there are still some places where you can find it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOUa2FD37v8&feature=youtu.be Gucci … Continue reading “Fur and the Fashion Industry: While Some Move Away, Others Do Not”

Adding Colours to Georgia Highways: Roadside Wildflower Program on Highway 316

Drivers commuting between Athens and the Atlanta area have probably noticed the sea of colours along the median of Highway 316. As you are about to see, while seemingly out of the blue, these flowers did not just appear over … Continue reading “Adding Colours to Georgia Highways: Roadside Wildflower Program on Highway 316”

Achoo! Fall harvest brings pollen allergies to the table

For Stellah Indiya food allergies have always been a part of daily life. She started developing allergies to more fruits in her adolescence and at this point as a college student she’s convinced she will develop more. Doctors warn you … Continue reading “Achoo! Fall harvest brings pollen allergies to the table”

Jackson Street Building LEEDing UGA in Sustainability

The Jackson Street Building on North Campus at the University of Georgia stands out from the sea of historic facades– it’s gold. While the building itself may not be made of gold, it is certified Gold by the leading standard … Continue reading “Jackson Street Building LEEDing UGA in Sustainability”

A Fresh Look at Organic Produce

Whether consumers buy organic or conventional (also called non-organic) produce or not, there are always two sides to every fruit or vegetable’s story. A common misconception consumers have about eating organically grown produce is that the health benefits outweigh conventionally … Continue reading “A Fresh Look at Organic Produce”

Film, Food and Foam: What Not to Recycle

Those four letter F-words — Film, Food, Foam —  are the top three contaminants causing the most trouble for the county’s recycling efforts.  The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Facility goes through about 80 tons of recyclable materials EVERY DAY.  And 12 tons … Continue reading “Film, Food and Foam: What Not to Recycle”

Taxes to Trails: Future of 39 Mile Trail Depends on 1% Sale Tax

Less than half a mile of trail has been opened for public use in Athens.  That may not sound like much, but bikers and runners say it is great. The segment is part of the much longer 39 mile Firefly … Continue reading “Taxes to Trails: Future of 39 Mile Trail Depends on 1% Sale Tax”

Nothin’ Finer In The Land Than A Littered Campus?

With football season in full swing, Athens bursts at the seams on Saturdays as 92,000 fans fill the stands of Sanford Stadium, leaving UGA’s campus red, black —  and covered with trash.  University officials, and students, are trying to change … Continue reading “Nothin’ Finer In The Land Than A Littered Campus?”

Bringing Music and the Environment Together

That’s what a group of University of Georgia students are doing.  They call themselves the Ecotones.  They sing a cappella but with a purpose. “The ‘eco’ part of the Ecotones is really important,” Kara Joyce, the group’s administrative director: – … Continue reading “Bringing Music and the Environment Together”

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s Garden is a Hidden Gem

It’s common to picture canned goods and boxes of food when you think of a food bank.  While this is accurate for many facilities, The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia does a whole lot more than that. Not only does … Continue reading “The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s Garden is a Hidden Gem”

Zika Update: Does the Disease Pose a Threat to Georgia?

The Zika virus topped news headlines for weeks, as child after child was born with birth defects. But public health experts say there is another disease that poses an even bigger threat to people in Georgia.  They have some advice … Continue reading “Zika Update: Does the Disease Pose a Threat to Georgia?”