Atlanta’s green side showed at the USA Enviro Expo 2009

This past Saturday, I headed downtown to check out Atlanta’s environmental organizations and businesses at the 2009 Enviro Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. My cousin and her family met me down there and we enjoyed checking out the large number of booths relating to Georgia parks, recycling, eco-friendly products, transit, and more. Although, I was surprised to see some vendors there that didn’t seem to have an apparent green connection – “Beaches” packaged vacation deals? Gorilla Glue? powdered dips without MSG? The Shen Yun show coming to the Cobb Energy Center? Hmmm…

Here are some of the booths I checked out and got information from:

  • Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites :: www.GeorgiaStateParks.org :: I picked up the 2009 guide to Georgia’s parks, which includes info on the “Get Outdoors Georgia Program” as well of tons of other info.
  • Atlanta Habitat ReStore, a part of Habitat for Humanity :: www.AtlantaReStore.com :: ReStore is filled with gently used home improvement items for resale. Check out their location at 519 Memorial Avenue, across from Oakland Cemetery. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • wowgreen :: http://nowgreenclean.com :: safe green cleaning products, “Freeing the world of toxic chemicals, one household at a time!”
  • GreenPlate :: www.GreenPlate.org :: Polly Sattler, co-founder of GreenPlate, was at the booth encouraging attendees to get plastic out of our diets!
  • remix Recycling :: www.remixatlanta.com
  • Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper :: www.ucriverkeeper.org :: Charged with the mission of keeping Atlanta’s great river clean, enjoyable, and accessible, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper watches over the 48 miles of water that flows from Helen to Atlanta and beyond.
  • Greenco Environmental :: http://GreencoEnvironmental.com :: read more about Greenco Environmental’s local, commercial composting operation here in Georgia! And meet Melia Lesko, one of the duo behind the scenes!
  • RecyCooler :: www.recycoolinc.com :: A handy little cooler made with a minimum of 60% post-consumer content that you can have imprinted with custom graphics.
  • Atlanta BeltLine :: www.beltline.org :: Of course Atlanta’s biggest transportation project was in attendance!
  • “I Don’t Recycle” campaign by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs :: www.YouGottaBeKidding.org :: I got my special “I don’t recycle” koozie – read more about the latest ad campaign from the DCA here!

Of course, there were tons more vendors and I ate my way through very tasty food samples, touched my way through organic and recycled plastic clothes, poked my way past the baby chicken pen, and talked my way through other booths. Looking forward to next year’s Enviro Expo!

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