On the wings of Oakhurst Community Garden Project’s wildly popular Chicks in the City classes comes a full morning of urban poultry-keeping. On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Chicks in the City Symposium offers attendees a full plate of essentials on backyard chickens. Taught by local experts, the six sessions highlight how-tos from coop design to breeds and from chicken illnesses to getting started with backyard poultry. Along with partners Georgia Organics, Decatur Active Living, and the Chicken Whisperer, Inc., the Oakhurst Community Garden turns our attention toward local food and sustainable practices with this community-focused event. The symposium runs from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. Cost is $65. Oakhurst Community Garden Project members, Georgia Organics members, and City of Decatur residents pay just $50. Pre-registration is requested and limited to the first 100 registrants. Register at www.oakhurstgarden.org.

Green Irene, a national consulting firm that promotes eco-friendly homes and offices, has just announced Edie Morton as its newest Eco-Consultant with the opening of her green consulting practice in Atlanta. Eco-Consultants like Morton perform 90-minute Green Home Makeovers by walking through the client’s home to develop a set of customized recommendations. The major topics covered in the Green Home Makeover include: energy conservation, water conservation, water purity, indoor air quality, toxic-free living, energy efficient lighting, recycling, waste reduction, and safety and emergency preparedness. For more information call (404) 274-6260 or  www.greenirene.com/EdieATL.

The Green Chamber of the South has appointed Sharon Goldmacher, president of communications 21 (c21) to its board of directors. Goldmacher joins 12 other board members and will help drive the Green Chamber’s strategic marketing and public relations programs in 2010. Founded in 2008 in Atlanta, the Green Chamber of the South supports the growth and success of sustainability in businesses and encourages innovation and adoption of clean technology. www.greencs.org.

Online site www.accessorygeeks.com has launched a new Go Green campaign where customers can send in their old plastic cases, and batteries they are trying to dispose in trade for a discount code towards a new product.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.