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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Vacant Gas Station

Firefighters Battle Blaze at Vacant Gas Station

Around 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6th, firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from a vacant convenience store, the Buford Express Gas Station, across from the Waffle House near I-985 in Buford. When fire crews arrived they made immediate entry to conduct a search and battle the blaze.  The fire was quickly contained to the corner of the building and sent smoke throughout.  The fire originated on the exterior of the store and spread to the inside. 

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation, officials think it may be an act of arson. The business was vacant at the time of the fir and no injuries were reported. Fire investigators found signs of a previous mattress fire, but it is unknown when that fire may have occurred.

Georgia Arson Control, Inc.

Better Air Bear at Mall of Georgia, November 23rd

Can’t wait until Black Friday? We know you want to get out and shop. The folks at The Clean Ari Campaign will give you a reason.

Changes for Gwinnett County Water Rules

During a recent meeting, Gwinnett commissioners voted to change a law on water conservation to meet rules set this year by the state legislature. The 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB 370) requires local governments to adopt certain provisions by Jan. 1, 2011.

Water Resources Acting Director Lynn Smarr said the new regulations are necessary because Georgia needs to continue to preserve our water resources for now and future generations. The new ordinance allows outdoor watering for certain purposes seven days a week during non-drought periods but not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Uses allowed include irrigation for planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants.

Certain uses are unrestricted including commercial operations, personal food gardens, filling swimming pools, hand watering with a hose, soaker hoses, watering crops and recreation areas, and using reclaimed or well water.

ATLANTA: Beyond Bricks & Sticks at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

The Museum of Design: Atlanta (MODA) has 'set up shop' at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center to showcase their exhibit ATLANTA: Beyond Bricks & Sticks, an exhibition that will travel to some of the city’s high-profile venues. 

Spotlighting many of the metro area’s outstanding design examples, MODA’s Atlanta: Beyond Bricks & Sticks tells the stories of the people who live, work, learn and play in the city’s sustainable structures.

Exhibit components include an interactive Atlanta Green Map, a “What is Your Carbon Footprint?” quiz, video interviews, an intimate look at student life at Dekalb County’s LEED Silver Certified Arabia Mountain High School and many other features that explain and celebrate green living.

Curation of the exhibition includes a broad spectrum of buildings reflective of the metro area’s commercial and residential projects along with large-scale developments that incorporate environmental features.

Gwinnett County Hazmat Training, November 10th

Gwinnett County is conducting a Hazmat Training on Wednesday, November 10th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.at the Gwinnett County Fire Station #24. This training will serve as a hands-on refresher course to enhance hazmat, WMD, and confined space response capabilities for fire and emergency services personnel.  The program is designed to achieve maximum effectiveness for first responders.

The course will be conducted outside and is mostly a hands-on class with practical evolutions and live fire demonstrations.    

The Gwinnett County Fire Station #24 is located at 2735 Mall of Georgia Boulevard. For more information please contact Captain Tommy Rutledge, PIO at 678.300.5749 or e-mail tommy.rutledge@gwinnettcounty.com

Creatures of the Night Festival, 2-5 p.m.

According to the people of Gwinnett, the woods of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) come alive at night. On Friday, October 23th, from 2-5 p.m. experience the Creatures of the Night Festival and the many environmentally focused tips they’re offering residents who want to have a “green” Halloween.

During this festival, nocturnal animals and their adaptations will woo crowds and entertain participants.

Gwinnett Going Green, perhaps.

Back in April 2009, Gwinnett County hired a consultant to analyze its electricity accounts and recommend ways to reduce the $22 million it was spending to power its offices, courtrooms, water and sewer systems, traffic and street lights, computers, sports fields, the jail, the prison and other County facilities.