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Why Ted Turner and Adrian Grenier hope your holiday stocking stuffers “suck”

Entourage star Adrian Grenier, who was honored in Atlanta last week at the annual Captain Planet Foundation Gala, believes stainless steel straws could be a 21st-century status symbol—a far healthier version of the 1950s sterling silver cigarette holders which were glamorized in movies.
What is Georgia Amendment 1

Georgia’s Amendment 1 might finally be something voters can agree on

Protecting Georgia’s natural resources might be the one thing voters can agree on Election Day. If approved, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment (Amendment 1) would provide a dedicated source of funding to conserve Georgia’s lands, protect the state’s waters, and support local and state parks—all without raising taxes.
Georgia's Vanishing Coast - Illustration by Zach Meyer

Georgia’s Vanishing Coast: With stronger storms, higher tides, and rising sea levels, how high will the water go?

On the Georgia coast, which spans 100 miles between Savannah and St. Marys, two things have become apparent during the last decade: Climate change is coming, and it’s already here. If the last decade’s increased tidal flooding initiated a conversation about the changing sea, the hurricane double-header of 2016 and 2017 added a couple of exclamation points. But while the effects of storms will be more severe with climate change, Georgia’s vulnerability to them isn’t new.
Renewable Energy

Atlanta leaders want to power the city with 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Can it be done?

Can a growing urban center of Atlanta’s size really part ways with fossil fuels in the next 17 years? Yes, experts say. But it won’t be easy. It'll take a combined effort with local businesses and energy providers such as Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility and the sole electricity provider for metro Atlanta.
Mark Ruffalo #ATL100

Mark Ruffalo honors Atlanta environmental activists as superheroes

Actor Mark Ruffalo is making the most out of his time in metro Atlanta, both on and off movie sets. In front of an intimate audience at the Plaza Theatre, Ruffalo launched #ATL100, a multi-week media campaign to bring awareness to the city’s recent commitment to achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
Kasim Reed climate change Atlanta mayoral candidates

Kasim Reed says Atlanta will honor the Paris climate agreement. What will the city’s next leader do?

Here's where some of the leading candidates running to replace Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed stand on President Donald Trump's decision and what they would do, if elected, about climate change.
Maya Penn

My Style: Maya Penn, owner of Maya’s Ideas

When she was just eight years old, Penn began designing bright floral headbands using hand-dyed, organic materials. Now 17, the Canton entrepreneur has expanded her brand, Maya’s Ideas, from an ecofriendly clothing line to a creative nonprofit focused on humanitarian and environmental issues.

Inspired by Gullah culture, this Roswell firm builds houses that are ecofriendly and chic

Simone du Boise and Denise Donahue developed a model called the EcoCraft Hybrid Home, which aims for “Net Zero Energy”—a building that consumes no more energy than it produces. In a Cadmus prototype, solar panels heat 80 percent of the household’s hot water and fuel at least 50 percent of required electricity (new technology may soon capture even more energy).

High-tech tree hugging: Meet Mother Nature Network’s data-savvy president

If, as Bill Gates famously declared of the Internet, content is king, then people like Matt Crenshaw are its field marshals. The president of Atlanta-based digital news outlet Mother Nature Network spends his time parsing web traffic trends, search engine performance, and social media engagement to help MNN.com and its sister site, TreeHugger.com, capture a combined 10 million unique visitors per month.

Mother Nature’s Daddy

God created the world in six days. Joel Babbit created Mother Nature Network in one. The concept of an environmental website aimed at mainstream audiences had been germinating in his mind for some time. And the hiring, designing, building—that would take months. But the real genesis of MNN, as it’s called, occurred between lunch and dinner, when the longtime advertising executive secured $10 million in startup funds from a handful of powerful friends on the brink of a global recession.

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