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Suwanee Georgia – A Beautiful Day and They Know It

March 17, 2015

Beerfest, Suwanee Day, Single Moms

Lately there has been a plethora of days where the weather has been near perfect! Weather that I have missed because it is similar to that which I grew up with in Michigan. It is not common to have a day where you can feel dry and warm yet breathe comfortably here in Suwanee Georgia.  Unfortunately for the Suwanee Beerfest patrons the weather had an exception for their annual beer party which seems like it is gaining popularity among the single moms club in the middle to upper class “utopian-like” suburb of Atlanta.  It rained and stayed gloomy forcing the mostly middle-aged patrons to tip their heads back for an extra one to compensate for the lack of sunshine!  I could only think of one phrase the entire time “mom-jeans”! You know, the mom-jeans brought to attention on Saturday Night Live that have this odd way of, well nevermind…?

Suwanee is very proud of their 3rd place (I believe) award for the best place in America to raise children by some little known website. However Money magazine published that the north metro community of Suwanee is ranked #33 on Money’s 2013 list of best places to live.  Number 33 is apparently high enough to make it the top ranked community in the entire state of Georgia!  

Suwanee In Money Magazine

Suwanee is no stranger to Money magazine; Suwanee can be found in Money’s list of Best Places to Live in previous years, ranking #10 – 2007 and #35 – 2009. Family Circle magazine ranked Suwanee as one of the nation’s 10 Best Towns for Families.  I would love to hear what the criteria are for these rankings.  Perhaps the town with the most cameras spying on their citizens so that they can accurately assess the level of fabulous that they have achieved is one way.  Another could be the Suwanee cops continuously cruising through parking lots with their trunk mounted license plate scanners/cameras getting a feel for where everyone is all of the time. In addition you can see a Suwanee patrol car parked on the side of Lawrenceville-Suwanee road documenting (recording plates) everyone who passes in and out via I-85.  Makes you wonder if they really even need those cameras at every single traffic light watching over their citizens.  Especially with all of the new Dodge Chargers running around.  The police get new cars nearly as fast as they get new police officers to replace the ones who leave or get fired for inappropriate acts with local bartenders (true story). Not intentionally harping on their police force (maybe a little) but it is one aspect of Suwanee that does stick out much more than any other. Does a town with 16,000 people need the world’s most advanced and intrusive police force?

Parks in Suwanee

The parks in Suwanee are beautiful though. They have done a magnificent job placing parks with playgrounds around the city. They have also successfully connected the parks by a system of bike paths that run for miles around the City of Suwanee.  A+++ job on their parks. You can even find a dog park if you go out from the city center a little towards Bear’s Best golf course on Johnson Road. There is a dog park where Fido can run free and “most” of the owners pick up the poos left behind. Kids love Suwanee because of these parks. Suwanee maintenance doesn’t get enough credit. These guys should be recognized. They do a fantastic job keeping the parks clean and safe for the children.  Speaking of safety, I heard that the Suwanee Police provide a home for officer(s) to live in at Sim’s Lake Park. I visited and I did see a small home on the property with a Suwanee police patrol car sitting out front.  Can anyone confirm this? Leave us a comment or a remark about any other part of this post! We’d love to hear from you. Why does Suwanee need all of that force? Mom-jeans?

Sim’s Lake Park (Suwanee) Located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road. Suwanee’s Sims Lake Park is a popular park because of its proximity to several neighborhoods.  Sim’s Lake is also a local favorite due to its many amenities and childlike environment.

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Bring One For The Chipper Gwinnett Christmas Tree Recycling

December 14, 2011

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is again working under the KEEP GEORGIA BEAUTIFUL Bring One For The Chipper program!  Green In Gwinnett Area is asking Gwinnett County residents to donate your old Christmas trees.  You are asked to “donate” your Christmas Trees for recycling.  Your recycled Christmas trees will be turned into mulch to use in locations throughout the county.

xmas tree recycling gwinnett

From December 26 to January 16, 2012, Gwinnett County residents can take their undecorated Christmas trees to one of several locations.

For More Information: Recycle Christmas Trees In Gwinnett

Wildlife in Urban and Suburban Settings

July 8, 2010

We usually think of wildlife in parks, national forests, and undeveloped areas like the mountains. But how often do you notice examples right around you?

Behind Mall of GA, the forested wetlands are home to animals you might not imagine: birds and squirrels, but also deer, snakes, ducks, salamanders, beaver, and even coyote. Similar great examples can be spotted along the Suwanee Creek Greenway. The diversity of wildlife can be one type of indicator of the overall ecosystem health and community sustainability.

Wherever you live, what unusual examples have you seen? For anyone near or in the study area, where in particular have you seen wildlife around northern Suwanee, Buford, the mall, and along Suwanee Creek and Ivy Creek Greenways?

Do you think keeping wildlife in this urban setting is a good thing? Or is it a danger or nuisance? Deer get hit by vehicles. Canadian geese take over water features. Why should we encourage wildlife near a major activity center?
Share your thoughts!

– Green In Gwinnett Area – Keeping Gwinnett Green and Sustainable

Suwanee Business Alliance Picnic

May 9, 2010

Suwanee Business Alliance

Subject: SBA – Picnic on Main Street – Old Town Suwanee Wed – May 12th – 6-8pm
When: Wednesday, May 12th
Where: Old Town Suwanee – Main Street
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00 pm (or until the beer runs out)

Hosted by:

Print Green USA – website
Jerry Little CPA
The Blackwell Agency/Allstate
Main Street Photography
Revival Salon
Blimpies Georgia

Green In Gwinnett with Sustainable Mill Creek

January 4, 2010

Sustainable Mill Creek is a case study underway since fall 2008 and continuing through much of 2010.  The study area touches parts of Suwanee, Buford, and Gwinnett County with a focus on the Mall of Georgia / Mill Creek area.  Many challenges and successes can be found throughout this area: growth demands and recent economic downturns, effects of clearcutting vs. valuing urban agroforestry applications in development, water quality and stream buffers, transportation initiatives, recreational access, and a preserved but little-known wetlands/nature center adjacent to the mall.

The research looks at social, economic, and ecological sustainability within this suburban/urban setting and also features community input and outreach.  Online surveys have started and will continue, giving insight about community values regarding the environment and quality of life — both within and outside the study area so that participants from other regions can share as well.  School surveys are being launched to coincide with volunteer class presentations in April 2010 for Earth Day week.  Please follow this new blog as we share details and touch on specific topics related to community sustainability.

Follow on twitter (@sustainmillcrk), become a fan on fb (Sustainable Mill Creek), and keep up with our website (sustainmillcreek.com). Surveys, local volunteer events, photo contests, guestbooks, and other interactive tools are active or ramping up for 2010.

Harvest Farms and Suwanee Community Garden Volunteer Day “A Success!”

October 29, 2009

We here at Green In Gwinnett Area posted an event on our Facebook events page that asked for volunteers to assist in the beginning stages at the Suwanee Community Garden.  What a great day it turned out to be.  We would like to thank Jessica Roth from the City of Suwanee for putting together such a successful and community oriented event.  Nearly 60 people showed up to help out!  There were members of Green In Gwinnett Area, Harvest Farms, Georgia Piedmont Land Trust, and other folks from Suwanee and neighboring communities.  Food and refreshments were provided for the volunteers from companies such as Honeybaked Ham and Subway.  There were prizes given away from local companies such as Print Green USA which donated (9) $30 gift certificates for laser toners, ink cartridges, or printer drums.

It is great to have a city like Suwanee Georgia who takes such good care of their residents.  Be sure to checkout the new Suwanee Downtown Website!

Think Green In Gwinnett!

Special Thanks to all of the Sponsors:

  • Atlanta Bread Company, Suwanee
  • Starbucks, Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
  • Krispy Kreme, Buford
  • Subway, 3370 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd.
  • Honey Baked Ham, Peachtree Parkway
  • Wal-Mart, Suwanee
  • Kroger, Suwanee
  • Publix, Suwanee
  • Chick-fil-A, Suwanee
  • Print Green USA, Suwanee

Green In Gwinnett Tips

October 22, 2009

Drink filtered water instead of bottled water. Filling and reusing a stainless steel container created for long term use with water is more beneficial to the environment and your pockets than purchasing bottled water. With all of the talk about chemicals used in bottling plastics it may also prove to be even more beneficial to your health.

Recycle! In Gwinnett county (Snellville, Suwanee, Duluth, Centerville, Lawrenceville, Norcross etc) all of the garbage disposal companies (including whoever eventually ends up with the final contract) pick up the little blue bins that take away plastics, aluminum cans and glass. Call your waste disposal provider today. The more you recycle the less you throw away. This cuts down on how often you purchase garbage bags, that saves you money. WalkGreen…and Save!

Join Green In Gwinnett Area on Facebook and LinkedIn! GIGA! Spread the word!

City Of Suwanee To Go Paperless

October 15, 2009

SUWANEE – Municipal Court Judge Mark Lewis announced that Suwanee will be the first city in Georgia to go paperless.

City of Suwanee Needs You! Community Garden Volunteers!

October 7, 2009

The City of Suwanee will host a community volunteer day Saturday, October 24, at the Harvest Farm at White Street Park site. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m-5 p.m. to help get the site ready for construction, which is scheduled to begin next month. Volunteers will help dismantle part of the existing barn, remove old fencing, and clear out the creek and wooded areas. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Volunteers must sign up in advance. For additional information, contact Assistant to the City Manager Jessica Roth, 770/945-8996.

Do Those Laser Toners and Ink Cartridges Get Recycled? Not In Most Cases!

March 4, 2009

The first chapter into exploring my industry and the massive impact that it has on our environment.
Gwinnett! The following is a true account of this unethical field.
Green In Gwinnett Area GIGA encourages turning in your used laser toners and/or ink cartridges to be recycled. The are many programs available.

Print Green USA, Inc. located in Suwanee, GA has a program available to consumers.

Please email: recycle@printgreenga.com for details on how to recycle your laser toners or ink cartridges.

Please comment and I will explore your questions or your industry as well.

Lexmark and THE PREBATE:

Each quarter, Lexmark releases yet another financial statement reinforcing its “supplies-driven” profitability. It is making more dollars from the sale of cartridges than the sale of printers.

And how environmentally friendly are its programs?

Lexmark’s Prebate program (now known as its environmentally friendly “return” program) gives a discount at the time of sale if the customer agrees to return the cartridge to Lexmark, or at least agrees to not give it to a remanufacturer. So, a customer has already been rewarded for buying this “environmentally friendly” product, and any incentive to recycle it is long forgotten. When the cartridge is spent, the customer may find it inconvenient to return it to Lexmark. Still wanting to do the right thing, the customer attempts to sell or give it to a remanufacturer. The cartridge’s Prebate restrictions forbid its being remanufactured, so the preferable reuse option is foreclosed. Lexmark has testified in its lawsuit with Static Control Components that it gets back 50 percent of its Prebate cartridges, and that those cartridges are then remanufactured or recycled by Lexmark.

This begs the question: Are Lexmark’s recycling partners involved in legitimate recycling?

And what about the other 50 percent of the cartridges sold by Lexmark under the Prebate program?

They are condemned to landfills, as the Prebate restrictions mandate that they cannot be remanufactured by a third party. If a remanufacturer risks legal action by remanufacturing the Prebate cartridge, it runs into the chip problem. The chip acts as the enforcement device for the Prebate restrictions. It will determine if the cartridge has been remanufactured and will shut down the printer. Aftermarket chip solutions have been developed by several aftermarket vendors, one of whom has been sued by Lexmark for their ingenuity. Think Green Gwinnett! Start small, recycle, turn off the lights, recycle your laser toners…

To add even more insurance that the cartridge will not be remanufactured, Lexmark frequently changes the firmware in the printers through “upgrades” and during routine service maintenance. The firmware acts like a virus and renders many viable aftermarket solutions worthless.

Therefore, a Lexmark customer wanting to remanufacture the (return program) cartridge is frustrated at every turn. This is a classic bate and switch scheme.

So I beg all of you in Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Norcross, Buford, Lilburn, Snellville, or any other area of Gwinnett County, please do the right thing and recycle your used laser toners and ink cartridges.

Stay tuned for another chapter in this tail…

Green In Gwinnett Area GIGA (Keeping Gwinnett Green and Sustainable)

and sponsor Print Green USA, Inc.

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