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Preserving Georgia DOING OUR PART TO HELP THE LOCAL AND GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
M y mom lived in Colorado for 20 years, and I However, Georgia always has. There’s no view in the world as beautiful as the one seen driving along a backcountry road in the cotton fields where trees dot the skyline in the distance as the sun sets on another perfect Georgia day. We’re spoiled in Georgia. Having flat farm fields, mountainous regions, and a coast, there's pretty much any view you could hope for. Though I might be a little biased because I grew up here, I have always believed Georgia has some of the prettiest views in the world. Recently, my staff and I committed to preserving the local landscape and these views. We received a message from Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) that described an opportunity to participate in a recycling program with the city. We jumped at the chance, and now we are waiting for our bins to arrive and to receive training on what's recyclable. It’s our office’s first step in actually working toward a sustainable operation. I’m looking forward to discovering even more ways we can do our part for the environment. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this month, I can’t help but think we could be doing more. Anything we can do to create less waste is a big step, and I think, as Earth Day has become more recognized and celebrated, we are becoming more conscious of our impact on the planet. I believe we all need to make greater efforts to help the environment and to preserve it for future generations. When I lived in Jacksonville, Florida, years ago, I saw the tremendous efforts the community was doing to “go green” and decrease its carbon footprint. Granted, Jacksonville is larger than Albany, and these programs take a lot of work to start. Even always enjoyed visiting her at her home among the Rocky Mountains. I couldn’t deny that it was beautiful, and I understand why my mom wanted to live there. But it never felt like “home.”
Lookout Mountain, GA
though we may be a little late — and this is true across the globe, not just locally — I know that if we band together, we can make a difference. And as the dedicated people of KADB have shown, there are many citizens in our community who care about this effort. If you’re concerned about our environment and want to do your part, please give our office a call! We offer free reusable totes to our clients, and we’d love to give you one too! These totes are a great alternative to traditional plastic bags, which continue to pollute our oceans and land. It may seem like a small step forward, but even the smallest ripples can make the biggest waves.
Together, we can preserve Georgia and its gorgeous views. Thank you for your help, and happy Earth Day!
-William F. “Trey” Underwood, III
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