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BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Berry named among most environmentally responsible colleges

Berry named among most environmentally responsible colleges

ROME, Ga. -- Today is Earth Day, and Berry College definitely has reason to celebrate.

The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have named Berry one of the nation's 311 "Green Colleges."

"Berry being recognized in 'The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges' demonstrates that what we are doing in regards to sustainability matters is being noticed," said Eddie Elsberry, director of environmental compliance and sustainability at Berry. "The work, dedication and vision of Berry College ensures that future generations will continue to live and learn on a campus that can be compared to no other."

The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010.

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.

Berry College Earns B+ in Sustainability

Berry College Earns B+ in Sustainability

ROME, GA -- Berry College's 26,000 acre campus is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the nation, and its 2011 College Sustainability Report Card proves that its "green" is not only skin deep.

According to the report, Berry received a grade of B+. Since joining the report card in 2008, the college's grade has steadily increased.

The Report Card provides in-depth sustainability profiles for more than 300 colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Schools are assessed in areas of administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green buildings, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities and shareholder engagement.

Berry received high praise for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5% since 2008 and reducing annual water consumption by approximately 11 million gallons since 2005.

Berry College Students Beautify Silver Comet Trail

ROME, GA -- A group of Berry College students recently participated in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day" and proved to be great examples to all volunteers.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the students headed to Polk County and spent the morning cleaning up the Silver Comet Trail. Working together, they helped remove 72 tires from the Van Wert Trailhead.

Part of Berry's mission is to "challenge students to devote their learning to community and civic betterment," and the majority of students spend multiple hours per semester serving and investing in their community.

For more information about Berry's volunteer services, contact them either via email or at 706-238-5848.