Monthly Archives: September 2007

Greenfest details released

Jenny Weldy from Starland Farmers Market has provided more information on Savannah Greenfest. scheduled for Oct. 13 at 40th and Whitaker streets.

Weldy reports, “the festival will include local farmers selling produce, local
artists selling handmade arts and crafts, food vendors and local green businesses. There will also be speakers on global warming and live music by Eric Culberson.”

The Creative Coast has posted this schedule of speakers:
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Noon The Rev. Billy Hester, Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church
1 p.m. Gregory Braswell, Georgia Department of Agriculture
2 p.m. John Ramsburgh, The Climate Project
3 p.m. Tommy Linstroth, Melaver, Inc.

Form more information, call 912-443-5355

This Saturday: Lend a hand for public land

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National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy, is scheduled for this Sept 29. Savannah residents have a great opportunity to get involved this Saturday at Fort Pulaski. Join the Coastal Georgia Greenway and other local volunteers to work on an extension of the McQueen’s Island Rail Trail east toward the Lazaretto Creek bridge. Registration starts and 7 a.m. More information is available here.

Share your idle thoughts

Idle Since the topic of idling motor vehicles has generated more comments than just about anything on this site, I thought I’d return to the issue. With a slight twist. Recently I’ve noticed vehicles left idling in a most unusual place: the recycling center.

It seems to me that anyone environmentally conscious enough to sort recyclable materials and haul them down to Gwinnett Street would know better than to leave their cars and trucks running for five or ten minutes while they unload and empty their bins. I can’t understand how someone, who makes the effort to recycle, escaped the message in this EPA recommendation, which speaks to the wasted fuel and increased pollution that are the hallmarks of idling vehicles:

You will save gas by turning the engine off and restarting it again if you expect to idle for more than 30 seconds. You will also prevent pollution by avoiding long idles. Try parking your car and going into restaurants, banks, and the like instead of idling in drive-up lanes.

The recent Vox Populi caller who threatened to throw garbage in the river instead of participating in curbside recycling — that’s a person who I’d expect to leave a car idling while grocery shopping, renting movies or participating in a real estate closing. But what accounts for this kind of behavior among people who otherwise have the right idea?