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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Preparedness Key to Safety During Hurricane Season

Preparedness Key to Safety During Hurricane Season

Imagine a hurricane making landfall on Georgia’s coastline, with winds 150 mph or greater causing terrible damage.  The tropical cyclone spawns several tornadoes as it moves inland and heavy rains cause major flooding.  High winds also persist resulting in uprooted trees and down power lines.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Recycle in Gwinnett Co. to ring in Earth Day

Recycle in Gwinnett Co. to ring in Earth Day

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials department is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday to help residents recycle during their spring cleaning.

From 9:00 - 11:00 that morning, a Gwinnett official said the department will collect old file papers, broken electronics, flat tires and paint cans on Coolray Field. 

For Earth Day, all paper will be shredded at no charge. Television sets will cost $10 each to recycle. There is a limit of eight tires per vehicle, and five one-gallon paint cans. The paint will be donated to Global Paint for Charity. The non-profit organization gives paint to developing countries all over the world.

Clean-up and Recycling Day to help Norcross area communities

Clean-up and Recycling Day to help Norcross area communities

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The City of Norcross is making March 30 the Spring Clean-Up and Recycling Day in the Norcross area.

Part of the "CAN" Do for Hunger food drive, American Security Shredding will be in Norcross at City Hall from 9:00 a.m. - noon. Each vehicle that brings donations can leave up to five medium boxes.

Documents, electronics and food are being accepted. 

Tixie Fowler, a City of Norcross official said the event is a way to properly dispose of old mobile phones, computers and keyboards. These items can be dropped off at the Norcross Community Center from 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Canned or non-perishable goods should be donated to the 2013 "CAN" Do for Hunger Campaign. 

Most items can be dropped off and recycled free of cost, but Fowler said some recyclable items may have a small fee. She said overall, the drive is held to lower human impact on the local environment. 

Two cities earn Green Communities certification

Two cities earn Green Communities certification

ATLANTA -- Douglasville and Milton have joined Kennesaw and Gwinnett County as Georgia jurisdictions what have earned Green Communities certification.

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the communities were certified based on their leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

The certification was presented in a board meeting on Wednesday, the ARC reported. Since the program began four years ago, 18 jurisdictions have been certified.

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.