kyeTzm6jEtcP6Sqo7KfjgA_X8QwuaO1u-CLnGmkkw7AA Growing Culture (, a nonprofit focused on the advancement of ecological agriculture practices around the world, will hold a fundraiser event on Nov. 16, 7 to 10 p.m., at The Hangar on Sampson Street in the Old Fourth Ward. The evening will feature music, wine, beer and local food trucks. All money raised will be used to support the planning stage of the organization’s International Pilot Project, which will create a global coalition connecting farmers with the resources they need to contribute to an ecologically sound food system and prosperous planet.

The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable ( convenes once a month to discuss the region’s current environmental issues – from water to energy, urban planning to policy and much more. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, network and learn about Atlanta’s current and future opportunities for sustainable development. The next meeting is Dec. 6, 7:30 – 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St.

Historic Fourth Ward Park was recently awarded Project of the Year by the Urban Land Institute Atlanta and named a Frontline Park by City Parks Alliance, a national urban park advocacy organization. “These are great recognitions of all that we have been achieving in the Old Fourth Ward since we first convened the community in 2007 to envision the future,” said Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents that area. “Despite a national recession, Historic Fourth Ward Park has served as the catalyst for extraordinary residential, retail, and greenspace projects in the heart of the city.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission has announced that more than $14 million in federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) money allocated to the region will be used to focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations. Intown projects that will be funded include the Atlanta BeltLine trail from Glenwood Avenue to Allen Avenue and the City of Atlanta Pedestrian Accessibility Project.

Park Pride ( has announced the theme for the 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference is “Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspaces with Rainwater.” The conference will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on March 31, 2014.