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Don’t Miss Out on Emory Earth Month Activities!

As a part of the Emory community we have an abundance of Earth Month activities to partake in! Check it out.


Women and Water Series

Microfinance – Agents of Global Empowerment – April Rinne. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 4 pm in White Hall, Room 112. Ms. Rinne will discuss the relationship between water, women, financial access and social change throughout the developing world. For more info: cwe@emory.edu.


Empowering Women to Create a Sustainable Future – Laura Turner Seydel. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7 pm in Center for Ethics, Room 102. Ms. Seydel will discuss the impact of women’s rights on environmental conservation and global access to safe water.

For more info: www.womenscenter.emory.edu.


Longest Line of Tacos!

Check out a film screening of “The End of the Line” on Wednesday, Feb 29, at 7:30 pm in Harland Cinema. Imagine an ocean without fish.  Imagine your meals without seafood.  Imagine the global consequence.

Film is shown in conjunction with the Guiness World Record breaking taco event on March 1, from 11:30-1:30 in Asbury Circle. Stop by for some good tacos!

For more info contact julie.shaffer@emory.edu.

Check out our Facebook Page for some upcoming events!


Upcoming events: Wesley Woods Plant Sale on April 22, Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote Address -Paul Erlich on  April 26, Rhodes Lecture-Paul Erlich on April 27, Greening Healthcare Conference on April 27, and Small Electric Round-up until April 30!

Local Thrifting Blurb – Cristy Vo

Image by Lana Greenbaum

The Clothing Warehouse
Little Five Points
420 Moreland Ave.
In this pleasantly small shop right in the middle of Little Five Points, you can find used classic and vintage clothing at a decent price. Though the selection may be more limited than your Value Village, you can find anything from hip sunglasses to western flannels and Members Only jackets in less than thirty minutes. This store is your hipster’s speed shopping paradise.
Finders Keepers Boutique
Next to Mediterranean Grill and Rainbow Foods
2130 N. Decatur Road
Directed to women of all ages, this consignment boutique has many contemporary designer brands such as J Crew, Theory, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and more. With new merchandise coming in every day, you can find fancy heels for your next party or even a power suit for an interview if you look often. This store is more for your brand-savvy lady who loves her designer apparel at reduced prices.
Lucky Exchange
212 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Have a nice closet full of clothes but bored with what you’re wearing day to day? Bring your rarely used clothing to the Lucky Exchange to get cash or store credit for an even better deal. This boutique sells used and vintage men’s and women’s clothes. From unique leather jackets and boots to retro dresses and purses, this store is a vintage dream for the determined shopper. Come often and “get lucky.”
Little Five Points
1111 Euclid Ave.
Known as a place to find accessories for your annual Halloween costumes, Rag-O-Rama is also a great place to swap your old designer threads for store credit to buy even more for your wardrobe. Along with the usual clothes from brands such as American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, you can find anything from sweet kicks, to wigs, handbags, and suspenders. Come to Rag-O-Rama with a lot of time, patience, and an open mind because you’ll leave with more than hip clothes.
Downtown Decatur
412 Church Street
In the mood to find something new and unique for you or your apartment? Homegrown is a cooperative style artist market that provides local artists, artisans, and craftsmen a venue for showing and selling their work. Their store includes pottery, textiles, jewelry, photography, pet products, locally produced food products, a variety of wall hung art, and so much more. Currently 70 different artists share the space so there is always something new to see on each visit.

Atlanta Water Consumption – Julia Kortrey

If you grew up in Georgia like I did, you may remember hot summers with only the small hope of going to a nearby pool to cool down because you could not play on your Slip n’ Slide or use your backyard pool due to the drought. Yet, as we grew up, it got worse: the drought from 2006-2009 turned Georgia into an image of cracked red clay and our neighboring states into mortal enemies. While some blamed global warming and others blamed the increased population, we soon realized that decades of warnings of crisis from officials and politicians were finally being realized. Still, until recently, there has been little progress in developing a sustainable plan.
Since Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission’s study in 1969 that revealed that crucial infrastructural changes must be before Atlanta reaches 3-5 million people, Georgia has made few, vain attempts in creating more reservoirs. These reservoirs would be key to holding enough water during droughts. But on top of infrastructural issues, Georgia has continued to lose it water battle with Alabama and Florida since they began fighting over Georgia’s main water source, Lake Sidney Lanier, in 1990. Although Lake Lanier is in Georgia, federal laws have continued to protect Alabama and Florida’s share of water, especially due to the endangered Fat Threeridge Mussels. But even with an 18% increase in population over the last ten years, Georgia has not found much sympathy.
These issues compounded, helped provide the worst drought in the South East in over a century. With no idea of when or if rain would be coming to the South East, extreme water restrictions were placed on residents and commercial companies, which forced Pike Nurseries’ to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The tri-state battle persisted as former Governor Sonny Perdue prayed rain outside of the capitol (after it was already in the forecast). Although the drought eventually ended in June 2009, severe flooding only a few months later followed it, rescuing us from any drought in the shorterm. But finally, in June of 2010, Governor Perdue signed into law the Georgia Water Stewardship Act. The act works to increase conservation but ignores the two largest waters users—agriculture and electric utilities. David Kyler, director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast in St. Simons Island, deeply criticizes the law. Kyler warns, “for hidden political reasons we are severely restricting Georgia’s water conservation potential by giving a free pass to the major water users.” Nevertheless, Perdue managed to ride out the storm, never finalizing a tri-state deal.
Now, newly elected Governor Nathan Deal has inherited one of the greatest issues that the state of Georgia has ever faced. On March 17th, 2011 Governor Deal spoke to Georgia business executives about water and its economic impact: “hopefully in the not too distant future, we will have good news to report in that regard as well.” However, nothing tangible has come into being. And with a 2012 ultimatum from U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson—finalize a tri-state deal or lose access to Lake Lanier—Georgia has made one of its priorities to get this extended. There have been some strides though.
Deal has developed the Georgia Water Supply Evaluation program in order to help local communities tackle water supply needs. He has also proposed $300 million over four years to create and expand reservoirs and support water planning. Yet, the most important victory appears to becoming to a close as Deal claims that his negotiation team is headed toward an agreement with Alabama about the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa water basin. Reaching an agreement with Florida will prove much more difficult since they have the last leg of the Chattahoochee River.
The solution to maintaining water security depends greatly on Governor Deal’s success in the next few years. While his plans are only rhetoric, he has only been in office for a few months. Still, his current approach does not hold commercial enterprises to the same or comparable standards as it does for residents. But most importantly, the livelihood of Georgia depends on his ability to become sustainable and adopt a tri-state agreement with Alabama and Florida.

http://books.google.com/books?id=ow8AAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA169&dq=atlanta+magazine+june+2008&hl=en&ei=WdyGTf6qOceUtwe2_dTABA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=atlanta%20magazine%20june%202008&f=false (Atlanta Magazine June 2008)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhursey/2257979541/ Lake Lanier during drought
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21767716/ns/weather/ Purdue prays for rain
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=flood_awareness_flooding flooding in Atlanta

Image source: http://www.stephenrahn.com/blog/archives/1895.

Farm Burger – Cassandra Gonzalez

Just a few blocks away from the heart of Decatur on Ponce de Leon is a small, unassuming restaurant called Farm Burger. From the outside, you might expect to be served the usual greasy faire offered at your local burger joint. Instead of the standard lettuce, tomatoes and processed cheese you’re used to, you’ll find unique burger toppings and sides that can be combined any way you like. From peppery arugula to Gruyere cheese, and even roasted bone marrow, they’ve got it all.
Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll be swept away by the warm, inviting mom-and-pop atmosphere lost in the big chains that dominate our burger consumption today. Picnic tables, chairs and bar stools invite groups, couples or individuals to sit back and enjoy some fresh, local food.
Better yet, the restaurant features grass-feed beef, which is better for you, and better for the planet. It has a lower amount of saturated fat than grain-feed and contains more healthy omega-3s. Through partnerships with Moonshine Meats, Full Moon Farms, and other smaller farms, restaurant owner George Frangos strives to serve up local, sustainable burgers unlike any other. Where else can you get braised pork belly, smothered in BBQ sauce, with beer-battered onion rings and pickled jalapeños, all made with ecologically conscious ingredients?
Since their opening, press reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Food and Wine magazine even named them to their list of the “Best Burgers in the U.S.” this year. Not bad for a restaurant that’s barely a year old.
Being a veggie burger fan myself, I sampled their Blackboard Burger No. 2, which featured a quinoa burger topped with arugula, feta, pickled onions and Dijon mayo. Farm Burger’s cooks had it made for me in minutes, but it definitely didn’t taste like fast food. Protein-rich quinoa is an unusual veggie burger ingredient, but it was perfectly served on its warm, seeded bun. No more Mickey D’s for me!