April Cause Area
Plant Eggshell Seedlings
Access Grows is a community garden initiative with InCommunity providing access and inclusion in community green spaces for individuals with diverse abilities.
For this project volunteers will plant seeds in eggshells, grow the plants and then give them to InCommunity to be replanted in one of their gardens. Details on how to plant the seedlings and supplies needed will be included in the confirmation email after you register for the project. If you would like to participate in an online demonstration, InCommunity will present this project during our NonProfit Expo on April 18.
Forest and Trail Maintenance at Big Trees Forest Preserve
The Big Trees Forest Preserve is a beautiful, unique 30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary. Pebble Tossers partners with the Big Trees Forest Preserve to provide volunteers on the second Saturday of each month to help preserve the forest.
Click here for more information and to register for the April 10th event.
Gardening at Lost Corner
Friends of Lost Corner (FOLC) is a non-profit group created in conjunction with the City of Sandy Springs to help make the Lost Corner Preserve, a beautiful 24 acre preserve a usable recreation area for residents to enjoy. They host volunteer workdays on the second of the most months.
Click here for details and to register to volunteer.
Ripple Run 5K/1K + Nonprofit Expo
The Pebble Tossers Ripple Run 5K/1k + Nonprofit Expo will be held virtually on April 18, 2021. In addition to running or walking, we are encouraging Plogging (jogging and picking up litter). Bring a garbage bag along and either wear gloves or use litter grabbers.
Sign up at ripplerun.org.
BeltLine Beautification Project: Global Youth Service Day and Earth Day
The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project and one of the largest urban redevelopment programs in the United States. This month we will be celebrating Global Youth Service Day and Earth Day at our adopted section of the BeltLine on April 24.
Click here to register to volunteer and for more information.
How Can You Minimize Your Environmental Impact?
Below is a list of ways we can conserve resources and minimize our environmental impact along the way.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise to blow rising hot air back down towards you. (Energy.gov)
- Turn the thermostat back 10-15 o F for eight hours when you’re asleep or out of the house. If you do the same in the summer (backing off the a/c) you can save around 10% per year on your heating and cooling bills.
- Wash dishes in an ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher instead of by hand to cut utility bills. Run full loads as much as possible.
- Switch the five most frequently used lights or bulbs in your home for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, and you can save about $45 each year.
- Cutting it close? Raise the blade on your mower to let the longer blades of grass shade each other. Aside from cutting down on weeds, this shade reduces evaporation from the plants, meaning the lawn requires less watering from you.
- When it’s time to replace an item in your home, consider buying used! There are many attractive vintage items available for purchase, and opting to reuse rather than buy new reduces the amount of waste that will need to be send to landfills.
- Don’t drive aggressively! On top of being unsafe, speeding, rapid acceleration, and sharp braking waste gas, thus lowering the car’s gas mileage by 15-30% at highway speeds.
- Regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s air filter to lower the unit’s energy consumption by 5-15%. This is the quickest way to save energy on home cooling!
- Skip the line at the drive-through. If you’re idling your car for more than 10 seconds, you’re likely using more fuel than you would to turn the engine off and restart it. Instead, park the car and head inside.
- Walk or bike to school if possible, or ride the bus instead of driving. If driving is necessary, create a neighborhood carpool! Not headed to school?Consider using mass transit to get to where you need to go.
- Up for a challenge? Calculate your water footprint and get ideas for reducing your water use at home. See if you can conserve enough water to beat the national average of water use!
- Think beyond paper and plastic. If you have old electronics on your hands, look for local recycling options. Many electronics stores will accept old computers, phones, appliances, and television sets to recycle for free.