Atlanta Ballet will celebrate the grand opening this month of its new, LEED certified “green” headquarters in West Midtown off Marietta Boulevard. The state-of-the-art building will house both the professional company and the Centre for Dance Education. There will be a weekend of festivities, including performances. mini-classes and demonstrations.

A new company, Rent The Box, is offering a creative and green alternative to buying disposable cardboard moving boxes. Founder Rob Hancharick started the business out of frustration dealing with cardboard moving boxes, packing tape, building and breaking down boxes and transport from the retailer and then to the recycling center. As a better solution that will help to make residential and business moves easier and greener, Rent The Box provides free delivery and pick up of reusable plastic boxes and free reusable packing materials all at a lower cost than cardboard box retailers. Rent The Box estimates that their boxes will be used up to 100 times before being recycled.

The Museum of Design Atlanta’s exhibit, ATLANTA: Beyond Bricks & Sticks, is on tour and will land next the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Sept. 6 through the month of December. It will be touring to other venues in 2011. Spotlighting many of the metro area’s outstanding design examples, the exhibit 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. All of the exhibit’s projects either meet the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system or the Southeast’s EarthCraft House certification program. The exhibit has been thoughtfully designed with sustainable materials to fit the theme while allowing for the challenges of traveling to the various settings.

Pinnacle Custom Builders, a local custom homebuilder and remodeler, is the National Winner of the 2010 Chrysalis Best Green Remodeling Project Under $250,000 Award, as well as the South Regional winner for Addition $100,000-$250,00, and Whole House Remodel $250,000-$500,000 awards. Pinnacle has specialized in ‘green’ construction practices since 2000, has won numerous awards for its work, has been named EarthCraft Renovator of the Year, and is certified carbon neutral in its business operations. Robert Soens, president and owner of the company, has won several awards for his community service, and has twice been named a Hometown Hero by the City of Decatur. The national award winning ‘green’ remodeling and addition project included adding a full second floor to a classic craftsman bungalow in the city of Decatur, doubling it’s size yet actually lowering the heating and cooling bills while making the house more comfortable and healthy for the family of four living there. The award winning ‘Whole House Remodel’ project involved adding to and renovating a traditional house of brick with slate roof in Brookhaven in partnership with the award winning architectural firm Harrison Design.

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.