and Educational Groups
ARBER- Athens Revitalization Beautification & Ecological Restoration
ARBER promotes Community greening through edible landscape, community gardening,
and forest gardening.
Contact: Jason Hubbard 613-0643, Carl
Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation
The vision of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation is to become the leading
advocate for the importance of historic preservation to the future of
the Athens community.
Athens Land Trust
The Athens Land Trust seeks to promote quality of life through integration
of community and the natural environment by preserving land, creating
energy-efficient and affordable housing, and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Contact: Nancy Stangle
or John Kissane at 706-612-0122
Athens-Clarke Community Tree Council
The Community Tree Council (CTC) was established on October 3, 2000 by
ordinance of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County. The mission
of the CTC is to provide information, outreach and education to promote
responsible management of trees and forests of the Athens-Clarke County
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. 706-613-3565
BikeAthens is a multi-modal transportation organization working for practical
alternatives to car-only transportation and road design. Our role is to
educate leaders, planners, and the Athens community about the vast potential
for multi-modal transportation that will allow us to grow as a city without
damaging our quality of life.
Join the BikeAthens
listserv and/or become a member.
Broad River Watershed Association
The Broad River Watershed Association is a regional non-profit land trust
created to preserve the Broad River as a free-flowing river system and
to support land use compatible with the maintenance of water quality,
scenic rural character, and the preservation of sensitive natural areas
and wildlife habitat.
Contact: Mary Freeman
At Creative Earth we work towards one goal: a healthier biosphere
for all. Through education about the environment we live in, we can all
do our share to creat a healthier Biosphere.
McConnell 706-546-tree or 706-353-SOIL
Environmental Law Association
Environmental Law Association, Inc. (ELA) is an organization of the University
of Georgia School of Law students who seek to further the development
and advancement of environmental law through activities designed to increase
environmental awareness among members of the community at large and the
student bodies of the University of Georgia and the Georgia School of
The Environmental Science Education Program
Located in the EPA's Regulatory Support Branch, the program includes many
projects directed at the K-16 and the general public. The purpose is to
transfer highly technical environmental research findings in a comprehensive
format suitable for the learning curve of the targeted audience to promote
scientific environmental literacy and environmental stewardship.
Contact: Kate McDaniel or 706-355-8315
Federation of Neighborhoods
The Federation of Neighborhood and Community Associations is organized
to maintain and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods of Athens-Clarke
Contact: John Huie
Founders Tree Trust
Founders Tree Trust provides maintenance for trees planted and donated
by citizens in the 1980's.
Contact: Mary Anne Hodgson or 706-543-8977
Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA)
The local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. GSEA's primary
goal is to help build a sustainable energy future for our state by informing
an educating the general public, businesses, and governmental agencies
regarding sustainable energy issues.
Contact: Tim Blackwell
(Vice-Chair), c. 678-316-4761
Georgia Environmental Policy Institute and Georgia Land Trust
Georgia Environmental Policy Institute helps communities develop proactive
strategies for a healthy environment.
Georgia Land Trust Service Center works to increase the effectiveness
of land trusts and helps landowners protect conservation land in Georgia
and the Southeast.
Contact: Hans Neuhauser or 706-546-7507
Northeast Chapter of the Georgia Conservancy
The Georgia Conservancy works to protect the environment while balancing
the demands of social and economic progress. We teach current and future
leaders how natural resource protection and economic growth are linked.
We work in a variety of arenas to protect Georgia's water, air and natural
Contact: Madelyn Van Dyck at 706-548-4500, or main office at 404-876-2900
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
The mission of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is to encourage the preservation
and enhancement of wildlife habitat through education and environmental
Contact: Edwige Damron
Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission
Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission seeks to protect the Oconee Rivers and
ensure the long term integrity, natural beauty, and life support functions
of the rivers. Planning for a greenway system is the essential goal.
Contact: David Porter or 706-542-1782
Oconee River Land Trust
Our mission is to preserve land of natural and cultural importance for
the benefit of present and future generations, especially in the watersheds
of the North and Middle Oconee Rivers. The Oconee River land Trust is
committed to preserving land in many forms including: land that borders
streams and wetlands, productive farms, forests, recreational parks and
greenspace, land of historic significance, and scenic vistas.
Contact: email@example.com or 706-552-3138
Students and Educators for Ecological Design and Sustainability (SEEDS)
As an interdisciplinary group, SEEDS is concerned about broad ecological
& sustainable design issues and focused on campus and the surrounding
Contact: Alfie Vick
Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA)
Working towards local, national, and worldwide sustainable and earthfriendly
practices, we are a branch of the Student Environmental Action Coalition.
Providing a positive atmosphere for change, SEA is a springboard for ideas
as well as a forum to pursue important issues such as, but not limited
to, environmental education, recycling, waste reduction, alternative transportation
and energy sources, edible landscaping, social justice, and water quality.
Contact: Jessica Hoehn
or Andrew Hunt
Upper Oconee Watershed Network
The Upper Oconee Watershed Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated
to improving water quality through community based advocacy, monitoring
Join the UOWN listserv.
Contact: Jessica Sterling
Athens-Clarke County Environmental Coordinator
The Environmental Coordinator (a position created as a result of recommendations in the first Growing Sustainably Report) helps ensure that local government departments follow good environmental practices, and is the point of contact for the public about environmental regulatory issues.
Contact: Dick Field or 706-613-3530 x 245
Athens-Clarke County Stormwater
The Stormwater Department manages ACC's stormwater infrastructure to prevent flooding and protect water quality.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-613-3870
North Oconee River Greenway
The North Oconee River Greenway is a 3.5 mile long, bicycling and walking path that is open sunrise to sunset. The Greenway path is open to all types of non-motorized uses and dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. Currently, the North Oconee River Greenway connects with Cook's Greenway Trail at Sandy Creek Nature Center and follows the North Oconee River south toward downtown Athens and the University of Georgia.
Contact: Eric Thrift, ACC Greenway Coordinator, interim, at 706-613-3615 x242
Sandy Creek Nature Center
This 225 acre nature preserve is home to a diverse group of animals, plants, and ecosystems. Discover upland forests, fields, and wetlands full of life. Hike a trail. Check out beavers at the claypit pond. See ruins of a turn-of-the-century brick factory and an 1800s log house. Visit the Oconee River and Sandy Creek. Walk the Greenway or Cook's Trail. Find your own quiet place.
Contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-613-3615
Organic or Eco-friendly Farmers and Markets
Daily Groceries Co-op
Located at 523 Prince Avenue, Daily Groceries Co-op has been an Athens staple since 1992 for shoppers looking
to buy high-quality, organic groceries, produce, supplements and lots more. They
feature vegetarian and vegan items, ready-made dips, salads, sandwiches, plus
organic and local produce. Daily Groceries Co-op welcomes everyone to shop at their store; members receive a discount.
Full Moon Farm Cooperative
Full Moon Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm - members purchase a share in the farm and receive a weekly supply of organic vegetables during the growing season. Full Moon Farm also supplies most of the vegetables to Farm 255 Restaurant, which the farmers own and operate.
Locally Grown Cooperative
Locally Grown Co-Operative is a small group of growers located around Athens. Each grower farms his/her land using strict standards to ensure that everything produced is chemical-free. All member farms are dedicated to supplying their customers with the freshest and highest quality vegetables, herbs, mill products, eggs, fruits, flowers, and transplants. Participating farms vary in size and specialty, but all carry the common thread of dedication to community, environment, health and education. Participating farmers include Mills Farm, Heirloom Organics, Beaver Farm, Boann's Banks, Two Swallows Farm, and Bass Family Farm. Unlike a typical CSA, members place orders for the particular items they want each week.
Contact: Eric Wagoner or 706-245-9774
Sunrise Organic Farm
Sunrise Organic Farm offers local vegetables, fresh cut flowers and honey.
Contact: Jeremy Friedman & Christine Rodick,
S & W Development, Inc.
S&W Development, Inc., is a general contracting and development firm
specializing in the preservation field. For over 20 years the firm has
developed, rebuilt, remodeled and restored many of Athens' finest preservation
Contact: email@example.com 548-9137
Steve helped to design and build Sandy Creek's ENSAT building which employs
environmentally friendly building materials and technologies. He currently
acts as a consultant on various products and projects. He is also the
owner of First Class Carpentry Inc.
Contact: Steve Johnson
George Wright has been constructing quality residential building projects
in Athens for 26 years. Specializing in custom home building and remodeling,
he enjoys working on projects that use alternative materials and power
sources. George understands and encourages sensitive site development,
and focuses on value-conscious engineering, design and material selection.
Contact: George Wright 706-543-0594
Robinson Fisher and Associates, Inc.
Robinson Fisher Associates, Inc. is an environmental planning and design
firm helping clients to create successful projects within the context
of land, community life, and heritage. It uses an approach of research,
creative thinking, consensus, and a commitment to environmental ethics.
The firm's services are focused on four key areas: Conservation Planning,
Master Planning, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture.
Contact: Robinson Fisher 549-8211
The Jaeger Company
The Jaeger Company promotes the preservation, conservation, and enhancement
of our cultural and natural environments by advancing creative planning
and design solutions that draw upon the inherent characteristics of place
and increase understanding and awareness. Landscape architecture, historic
preservation, environmental assessment, and planning are the professional
and technical foundations of the firm.
Contact: Chet Thomas 706-543-5459
Koons Environmental Design, Inc.
Koons Environmental Design, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary firm providing consulting services for the planning, design and engineering of a wide variety of land development projects. Their work combines aesthetics and art with science and engineering and respect for natural resources.
Contact: Josh Koons 706-207-3961, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens Rain Collection Systems
http://www.AthensRainCollection.com (coming soon)
Scott Patterson installs rainwater collection systems for clients in the Athens area.
Contact: Scott Patterson,
One World Renewable Energy Corporation
One World Renewable Energy Corporation is dedicated to the advancement
of solar, wind, and other forms of clean, sustainable energy generation.
Products and services include solar thermal and solar electric energy
systems, wind energy systems, extensive installation and maintenance services,
and project management assistance.
Contact: Tim Blackwell
o. 706-742- 3495
A Small Green Footprint
A Small Green Footprint is an online shop for environmentally friendly products for babies. They sell products made from natural materials or from recycled man-made
products; sustainably harvested wood products; naturally grown cotton, hemp, and
bamboo without the use of pesticides or chemicals; and although it is not always
possible, they consider the distance a product has to travel to get to us.
Contact: Sandy Cederbaum
264 Georgia Ave #B
Athens, GA 30606