Group to recycle school lunch trays

NORCROSS - Evergreen Partnering Group has partnered with Gwinnett County Public Schools in an agreement to recycle school food service polystyrene lunch trays.

The program is part of the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division's Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia.

"What's good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line," said Suzanne Burnes, Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia program manager.

The Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia is free and open to any Georgia business or organization. It is a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since 1993, the organization has provided free, confidential environmental technical assistance in the areas of water conservation, waste reduction, energy conservation, by-product reuse and recycling. For more information about the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia, call 404-651-5120 or 800-685-2443 or visit www.p2ad.org.

NFL's Reeves to speak at Optimus Solutions

NORCROSS - Dan Reeves, two-time NFL Coach of the Year and former Atlanta Falcons coach, will be the keynote speaker at IBM Lotusphere Comes to You 2008. The event is sponsored by Optimus Solutions, a technology solutions provider and value-added reseller.

The event will be held Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Reeves will pose for photos with attendees, sign autographs and deliver a speech about the importance of teamwork and collaboration.

IBM experts will deliver the Lotusphere Software strategy and roadmap for 2008 and present on the following topics:

· The business value of Web 2.0

· Dave Bailey of IMERYS, a multi-national minerals processing company, will discuss the company's decision to implement IBM Lotus connections in its global infrastructure.

· Unified communications and collaboration.

n Extending the IBM Lotus investment with the desktop of the future, composite applications and open standards development

To register for Lotusphere, visit http://forms.optimussolutions.com/forms/lcty.

Brown named vice president of Sunrise Bank

ATLANTA - Melanie Brown of Duluth recently joined Sunrise Bank in midtown Atlanta as first vice president of commercial lending. Brown is a member of the Georgia Lenders Quality Center, Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Certified Commercial Investment Managers and the Loan Committee for Capital Partners Certified Development Corporation.