Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable Takes a Tour of the Eastside Trail

Last Friday, Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable brought visitors to the Atlanta BeltLine on a tour of the Eastside Trail guided by representatives of Trees Atlanta and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. The early morning walk down the Eastside Trail from Piedmont Park to Ponce de Leon was attended by 50 people, who learned about various aspects of sustainability on the Atlanta BeltLine, including elements of trail design and construction, and native plantings.

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Sandy Murray, a Trees Atlanta docent, discusses sustainability with the roundtable participants.

The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable convenes once a month to discuss the region’s current environmental issues – from water to energy, urban planning to government policy, and much more. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, network, and learn about Atlanta’s current and future opportunities for sustainable development.

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Catherine Owens, Senior Civil Engineer at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., talking to the group in front of GoCollaborative’s art installation, “Trail Memories.”

Participants on Friday’s walk were excited to learn how the Atlanta BeltLine incorporates sustainability into aspects of the program, from stormwater retention to energy use. Many folks in the group were particularly curious about native flora and fauna, and had questions about urban agriculture. With the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition officially kicking off on Saturday, September, 6th, attendees of the roundtable were even treated to some newly installed visual art along the Eastside Trail.

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Native grasses in bloom on the Eastside Trail.

The next Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable on Friday, October 3 at 7:30 a.m. Walking tours of the Atlanta BeltLine led by Trees Atlanta docents occur every Friday and Saturday morning.

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