2015 Member Group Accomplishments

EarthShare of Georgia gives you simple, effective ways to build this sustainable world. The following are a selection of milestones from 2015:

Atlanta Audubon Society conducted 100 community outreach programs serving 3,612 people at community centers, schools, festivals, and conferences.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition distributed 4,000 blinkie lights and gave out 80 bikes through the ABC Earn-A-Bike Program.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper stopped 11 major sewer spills and logged over 545 paddlers on the river. CRK gained 1,300 new members, volunteers contributed over 8,276 hours of service, and 36,660 pounds of trash were removed from the Chattahoochee River (with 2,000 of those pounds being recycled).

Elachee Nature Science Center provided education to over 34, 000 students (pre-k to 12) with their unique STEM-based, nature education experiences—an 11% increase over the previous year.

Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites coordinated over 6,000 volunteers through system of over 50 chapters to contribute approximately 87,000 hours of volunteer support.

Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia volunteers contributed more than 6,000 hours of service in 2015.

Georgia Conservancy conserved 7,823 acres of land through our Land Conservation Initiative.

Georgia ForestWatch helped improve forest management projects on over 50,000 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest, resulting in cleaner water, healthier, and quality wildlife habitat.

Georgia Organics installed 13 Orchards in Metro Atlanta through the Atlanta Local Food initiative, and launched the pilot programs for 2 New Food Oases in Augusta and Columbus to improve access to fresh, local food.

Georgia River Network reached 1200 individuals through paddling trips and events.

Georgia Wildlife Federation donated over 13,990 pounds of venison to foodbanks throughout Georgia because of the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry Program. This is equivalent to just about 56,000 meals.

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation celebrated 24 years of tree-cycling in 2015 with the Bring One for the Chipper program. 98,876 trees were collected in total; of these, 91,147 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.

The Nature Conservancy in Georgia protected the 3,986 acre Altama tract on the Altamaha River, which is part of a 42-mile long corridor on this mighty waterway.

Park Pride hosted the largest and most successful Parks and Greenspace Conference to date, bringing 416 park enthusiasts from around the region together to inspire, learn and network with regional and national park experts as well as having hosted 14,500 volunteer hours in parks over 117 projects.

Savannah Riverkeeper removed 47 tons of trash from waterways.

Southface certified 3,961 EarthCraft homes and provided 101 trainings to nearly 1,200 building professionals seeking certifications necessary to advance their careers and create industry recognition for energy efficiency and green building.

Trees Atlanta planted nearly 4,000 trees, bringing  the total number of trees planted in our history to over 110,000.

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance engaged 5,000+  youth from under-served communities in place-based, experiential environmental education and service.

Wilderness Southeast hosted the science education public school program, Fish Gotta Swim, to 450 participants in 2015. The program included 5 classroom sessions, 3 field trips, and focuses on teaching water quality to 6th grade students.

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