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Airport marks Earth Day
By Amy Schneider

In keeping with its commitment to environmental responsibility, Hartsfield-Jackson held a series of events to recognize Earth Day and to encourage employees to do their part for Mother Earth.

At the Sustainability Fair on April 17, employees learned that even simple changes can add up for the environment. Booth representatives shared important information about topics such as earth-friendly cleaning products, green gardening and retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.

To infuse the education with fun, organizers incorporated games, “passports” for prize drawings and a spin-for-giveaways wheel.

That afternoon, bakers submitted their cakes for the second annual Earth Day Cake Contest. Cakes were judged on 10 criteria, including interpretation of theme, originality/creativity, use of color and taste.

The winning cake was a “dirt cake” — inside a flower pot, with gardening tools and gummy worms as decorations — that was commended for being a no-bake cake, thus saving energy. The second- and third-place cakes were a replica of a flex-fuel vehicle, like those used by the Airport, and a rendition of the LEED-certified international terminal.

The April 17 events wrapped up with a bluegrass performance in the Atrium by High Strung String Band of Tree Sound Studios. The studio bills itself as “Atlanta’s greenest audio recording facility,” and the band’s equipment was solar-powered.

On April 19, the Airport held its latest Employee Electronics Recycling Day, at which it gathered 1,000 pounds of old, unused electronics, including two floor-model televisions, vacuum cleaners, and desktop computers and monitors.

Creative Recycling Systems of Georgia hauled away the donated items to be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

The final event in the series of Earth Day observances was April 21, when Airport employees and their families participated in a one-mile hike of the Sams Lake walking trail and a free lunch. The Airport helped to restore and protect the wetlands habitat on Old Senoia Road.

Attendees at the Sustainability Fair spin the prize wheel and play other games — made from recycled materials, as the sign points out.

Attendees at the Sustainability Fair spin the prize wheel and play other games — made from recycled materials, as the sign points out.

A booth displays Earth-friendly cleaning products. 

A booth displays Earth-friendly cleaning products.

The Airport held its second annual Earth Day-themed cake competition. 

The Airport held its second annual Earth Day-themed cake competition.

High Strung String Band plays in the Atrium, using solar-powered sound. 

High Strung String Band plays in the Atrium, using solar-powered sound.


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