The Dunwoody City Council honored community beekeeper Laura Johnson and the Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard as 2021’s ‘Sustainability Heroes” at a Monday meeting. 

Members of the Dunwoody Sustainability Committee — an advisory body which offers recommendations on sustainability issues in the city — chose the recipients of the 2020 Sustainability Hero Awards. This award program began in 2012 and honors individuals and organizations dedicated to sustainable practices. 

Johnson co-chaired the city’s Bee City USA program and co-founded Bee Dunwoody, said Sustainability Committee Chair Nathan Sparks. Bee City USA is a nationwide initiative to encourage healthy and sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators. 

“When her nomination came before our committee, it was met with a lot of acceptance,” Sparks said. “We thank you for your dedication to Dunwoody.” 

The Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard is a community garden founded in 2009 that supports organic gardening practices. The garden also provides educational classes with master gardeners and produces food for Malachi’s Storehouse. 

Garden Chairperson Cyndi McGill made a few remarks about the award.

“With all of your support, we’ll keep on growing and we’ll keep on teaching,” McGill said. “Thank you so much.” 

Sammie Purcell

Sammie Purcell is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers.