Category: Environment

Leadership Southeast Georgia Launches 2020 Program in Glynn County with Study of Natural Resources

Leadership Southeast Georgia Launches 2020 Program in Glynn County with Study of Natural Resources

(GLYNN COUNTY, GA) The 28 members of Leadership Southeast Georgia’s (LSEGA) class of 2020 launched their first session with a close look at the coastal region’s natural resources in Brunswick, Ga. and on Little St. Simons Island.

The leadership program draws together business and civic influencers from throughout Georgia’s 10-county coastal region to offer an in-depth look at the region’s challenges and assets. Members of the class also benefit from networking opportunities designed to boost collaboration and cooperation throughout the region.

Heard Galis, one of two principals at Galis/Stewart Insurance in Brunswick’s Historic District, was the session coordinator for the first of the five weekends. He graduated from the LSEGA program in 2017.

The session began with a shrimp boat excursion in the waters off Brunswick. Led by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff, participants received a first-hand look at the fruits of Georgia’s traditional shrimp industry, as well as the barriers it faces. The class learned about the many ways our Georgia coastline is unique from the nationally recognized conservation efforts to the biology itself. Professionals at DNR also reviewed critical issues facing the region’s beloved coast and explored solutions such as rainwater capture, living shorelines and habitat restoration.

That afternoon, the group traveled by ferry to Little St. Simons Island, where the remainder of the three-day session was held. The class spent this time on the island between classroom sessions and outdoor activities that included a natural resources scavenger hunt.

“Little St. Simons Island is the perfect setting for the first session,” said Brynn Grant, chair of the LSEGA board of directors. “A bit of isolation on one of Georgia’s glorious barrier islands is a great backdrop for class members to get to know one another and begin developing the relationships that make the program so strong year after year.”

This session was supported by sponsorships from Coastal Outdoor Adventures, Galis/Stewart Insurance, J H Parker Company, Inc. and Pinova. The 2020 program is proudly sponsored by Evans General Contractors; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation; FPC of Savannah; Georgia Power; Georgia Southern University; P.C. Simonton & Associates, Inc.; the Savannah Economic Development Authority; Thomas & Hutton; Coleman Company, Inc.; Hussey Gay Bell; AT&T; and IDS Alarm Services, Inc.

The next session will take place March 5-6, when the group will travel to Bulloch and Screven counties for programs on education and agriculture.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through May, the class spends two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT Brynn Grant Chair Leadership Southeast Georgia lsegainfo@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT Cynthia Cradduck Cecilia Russo Marketing cynthia@crussomarketing.com 912.856.9075

A Tale of Two Houses on Tybee Island

A Tale of Two Houses on Tybee Island

Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture firm, was recently asked to work on a project that would encompass renovating an historic Tybee raised cottage that had sheltered four generations of one family. They were also commissioned to build a companion structure on the adjacent lots.

The historic Tybee Island property included a Tybee cottage built in 1935 on two beachfront lots and two empty adjacent lots. The two grandchildren of the original owners divided the property, the granddaughter receiving the historic house, and the grandson the two empty lots.

Tybee Cottage renovated by Felder & Associates

Tybee Cottage

 

The new owners selected Felder & Associatesto renovate the cottage and build a new house on the two remaining lots. Felder & Associatescreated a unique design that included incorporating green passive elements to catch breezes and shield direct sunlight. They also added solar panels to the roofs to capitalize on Tybee’s Solarize program, which offered a 30 percent federal tax credit through 2016.

“We performed sun-angle studies for every season and then made slight adjustments on porches and overhangs to make sure the sun would not shine directly into the house,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s principal. “We were also careful to place the new house so it would be in balance with the old house and the environment.” Felder & Associatesaimed to have the smallest footprint possible. Felder said, “While we were allowed to have a 50 percent impact on the dune protection zone, the new house has only a 10 to 15 percent impact.”

Felder respected the integrity of the original cottage to celebrate the traditional Tybee architecture. With one minor addition, the cottage retained its wrap-around porch, servant quarters and wood paneling. Felder even removed more recent vinyl siding to expose the original mitered cypress siding.

“The house needed to look the way it always did,” Felder said. “The flow of public space remains what it always was. The only change we made was to swap the kitchen and bedroom and then add a master suite tucked away on the land side.” The original floors and on-site built doors and windows remain along with the original board-and-batten interior walls.

Felder considered family input and a great deal of research on the cottage’s history before updating the traditional structure. To renovate it without having to bring it up to FEMA guidelines, Felder had the home designated as an historic structure.

“Tybee cottages were built with materials that are superior to what we have today,” he said. “They have amazing structural members made of cedar or cypress that have lasted 80 to 90 years. The house sits on reinforced concrete piers. Every surface in the house is wood. There are no issues with mold and mildew that come with drywall. It performs well in open air. And while it sits low to the ground and could be prone to the occasional tropical storm surge, it is not as vulnerable as the newer homes that code requires to be built up on stilts. Some of them are like sails in the wind.”

The new home was built before the original cottage renovations were underway. Constructed of concrete and steel with wood framing, it has an exterior of Hardi Plank siding painted Cape Cod gray and accented with a sandy-tan trim. The inspiration for this choice came from an architectural model of a building the owners had seen in a museum. They asked Felder to bring its nautical motion and movement into the façade of their new home.

House built by Felder & Associates

Felder incorporated the floor plan of the traditional cottage into the new home, flipping it upside-down in the three-story structure. In accordance with code, a garage and elevator entrance is on the street level. Above that are the bedrooms, and the main living area is situated on the top floor, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associatesis a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associatesreceived a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundationand the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associatesrecently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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Low Country Dermatology’s Walk For Melanoma Awareness Announced for May 19th

Melanoma Awareness Walk with Low Country Dermatology to be Held at Skidaway Island State Park on May 19th
Three-Mile Hike to Benefit Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington and Elizabeth Brennan of Low Country Dermatology will lead a melanoma awareness walk on Saturday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at Skidaway Island State Park.

Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile walk along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Water, sunscreen and some light refreshments will be provided.

Low Country Dermatology's Walk for Melanoma Awareness Participants in 2017

Low Country Dermatology’s Walk for Melanoma Awareness Participants in 2017

National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, is celebrated in May to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.

“For those of us who live along the southern coastline, staying out of the sun is often not practical or desirable,” Howington said. “It’s important for everyone to learn some simple but essential ways to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays before they and their family head off to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Low Country Dermatology's Walk for Melanoma Awareness

Low Country Dermatology’s Walk for Melanoma Awareness

Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff will give participants SPF30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of skin cancer by a whopping 80 percent.

They also will share “did you know” facts during the hike, such as:

• Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease.

• The American Association of Dermatology estimates the rates of melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:
– Approximately 178,560 new melanomas.
– About 91,270 of those cases will be invasive.

• Rates for melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years, and melanoma accounts for nearly half of all cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

Indications of potential skin cancer include moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser or have evolved in size or thickness. Self-examine your skin; when caught early, melanoma is highly curable.

Registration for the event is $35, which includes the parking fee for the park. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah. Participants are asked to meet the group at Picnic Area-A after entering the park.

Tickets and more information for Low Country Dermatology’s Melanoma Awareness Walk can be found at https://cityspin.com/savannah/e/melanoma-awareness-walk/

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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Cecilia Russo
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3,000 Lbs. of Electronic Waste Collected for Recycling by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire at Earth Day Festival

3,000 Lbs. of Electronic Waste Collected for Recycling by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire at Earth Day Festival

(SAVANNAH, GA) During Savannah’s annual Earth Day Festival held in Forsyth Park, Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire collected 3,000 lbs. of electronic waste.

This year marks the first year the festival was produced by the Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition (SCSC) sponsored by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire and the City of Savannah.

Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire had a special exhibit where they collected electronic waste, such as computers, televisions, monitors, printers, fax machines, small household appliances, and cell phones. In total, Junkluggers collected 3,000 lbs.

Celebrating the environmentally responsible community living and working in coastal Georgia, this event is the City’s largest environmental outreach event of the year, and one of the largest education events held in conjunction with Earth Day in Georgia.

For more information, visit www.earthdaysavannah.org

Trevor Hess, owner of The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire at Earth Day Festival The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Earth Day Festival Haul The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Earth Day Festival Booth Trevor Hess of The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Earth Day Booth

MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained, and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

Savannah Earth Day Festival Announced for April 21 in Forsyth Park

Savannah Earth Day Festival Announced for April 21 in Forsyth Park
Several Eco-Friendly Exhibits and Speakers Announced and Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Offering Free E-waste Recycling

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, April 21 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Forsyth Park. Celebrating the environmentally responsible community living and working in coastal Georgia, this event is the City’s largest environmental outreach event of the year, and one of the largest education event in conjunction with Earth Day in Georgia.

This year marks the first year the festival is produced by the Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition (SCSC) sponsored by Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire and the City of Savannah.

With the theme set as “Zero Waste”, the event will have exhibits raising awareness of the amount of plastic that we use and toss away in our daily life.

Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire will have a special exhibit where they will be collecting electronic waste, such as computers, televisions, monitors, printers, fax machines, small household appliances, and cell phones. For a detailed list of items accepted, please go to www.imselectronics.com/electronics-recycling/accepted-materials/

The Earth Day Festival will also include free workshops, including one from Trevor Hess, the owner of Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, presenting “Waste to Wealth: How to Use the Three R’s (Reducing, Reusing and Recycling) to Your Advantage.”

There will also be two “Energy Efficiency” workshops by McCalls HVAC and GA Power as well “Zero Waste Clean Food Choices” by Palmetto Plant Eaters Club & Lowcountry VegFest. Popular favorite workshops are returning as well: Dispelling the Fear of Snakes!, Wild Medicinal Mushrooms and Protecting the Bees.

There will also be a special presentation from Miss SE Earth contestant, Talisha White presenting her youth workshop on the importance of water conservation, “Miraculous Miranda the Mermaid.” All of the workshops will begin at 11 a.m. and are free to the public.

The festival will also be displaying energy efficient cars from Savannah Toyota and a solar-powered food truck, Kona Ice, as well as the Children’s Garden mobile garden and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign bike valet.

Fox & Fig Cafe, the festival food sponsor will be selling canned water. Proceeds for these sales go to the Earth Day Festival. Beer is provided by Moon River and proceeds beer sales support the Ogeechee Riverkeepers.

For more information, visit www.earthdaysavannah.org

MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained, and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Location in Bluffton

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Location in Bluffton

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry will hold a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton, S.C.

Light refreshments will be available.

The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry, an environmentally friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, will serve Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances.

“We opened Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire last October, but we quickly realized that the Hilton Head area had a huge demand for our services as well,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “We decided to open a new business to specifically serve this community.”

Junkluggers of the Lowcountry hauls away items people no longer want or need and strives to donate and recycle as much as possible with the goal of keeping items out of landfills. Customers receive a tax-deductible receipt for anything the company is able to donate on their customers’ behalf.

“Our mantra is donate first, recycle next and avoid landfills as much as possible,” Hess said. “Everything we put on the truck is sorted for donations, recycling and disposal with the landfill always being the last stop for any items removed.”

While keeping items out of the landfill is the company’s number one goal, Hess and his wife, Misty, are also focused on the impact the company can make in the local community.

“We partner with a lot of local charities that help a variety of causes,” Hess said. “From aiding those with special needs to helping formerly homeless veterans furnish their new apartments, we are extremely proud of the good we are able to do right in our own backyard.”

Junkluggers also plans to announce the opening of its Second Chance Store later this year.

This up-cycling retail facility will offer gently used furniture at deeply discounted prices as well as repaired items that otherwise would have been destined for the landfill. Proceeds will help benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing for military and veterans’ families while their loved one is receiving treatment at military or VA medical centers.

For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

 

 

 

Trevor Hess, Owner, Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire & Junkluggers of the Lowcountry

 

MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry and its sister company Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serve as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina and Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia. The company offers same-day and next-day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and re-purposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

CONTACT
Trevor Hess
The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry
912-712-0227
www.junkluggers.com
trevor.hess@junkluggers.com

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