GWINNETT GAB: GGC library earns LEED gold certification

GGC library earns LEED gold certification

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College’s recently completed Library and Learning Center has been awarded gold certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the first academic library in Georgia to do so.

The honor makes the building one of only seven gold-certified academic libraries in the United States, and the fifth gold-certified building in Gwinnett County.

“From the start, our students made it very clear that they wanted their college to uphold the highest standards of environmental responsibility and stewardship,” GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said in a statement.

“Earning an LEED gold certification is a testament to our students’ collective vision, our staff’s dedication to that vision and that insightful skills of the building’s designers.”

Hamilton Mill library branch awarded LEED gold certification

DACULA — Gwinnett County Public Library announced Wednesday that the Hamilton Mill branch has been awarded LEED gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

LEED is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Hamilton Mill received this honor following its recognition by the Georgia chapter of USGBC for its Excellence in Sustainability and the receipt of the Building of America, Gold Medal Feature in August.

The Hamilton Mill branch is the first public library in the state of Georgia to achieve LEED gold certification.

Lawrenceville seminary plans Black History Month celebration

LAWRENCEVILLE — In celebration of Black History Month, the Gwinnett History Museum at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary will hold a special event Saturday.

The theme of the event is “The Past Meets the Present.” Activities will include presentations by local black authors and a special guest musical performance by Veronica Jackson.

Authors scheduled to appear include Lynn Camp, author of “Morgan County, Georgia;” Benjamin C. Ridgeway, author of “Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church;” and the Rev. Dr. Richard B. Haynes of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, the oldest historically black church in Georgia.

Another highlight of the day will be the Underground Railroad Secret Quilt Code Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit features a total of 53 American plantation and African artifacts and textiles. Some of the most significant exhibit pieces include Zambian wooden masks, a Nigerian woven rice basket, a Shakera instrument and exquisite quilts, including a 19th century Crazy Quilt with North Star pattern.

Participants can register for one of three sessions: 2 to 3 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m., or 4 to 5 p.m. Each session is $5 per person. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance. The event will take place at the Female Seminary in Lawrenceville.

The Gwinnett History Museum is part of the history and culture program of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettehc.org or call 770-822-5178.

Parks and Rec to host recycle day

LAWRENCEVILLE — With support from Shred GREEN and Atlanta Recycling Solutions, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is holding a recycle day to bring awareness that recycling saves energy, natural resources and landfill space.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rock Springs Park, 550 Rock Springs Road, Lawrenceville.

Participants can shred old papers for $5 per box and recycle old electronics for free. TVs will be accepted for $10 each.

Kids can also bring plastic bottles to make crafts at the event.

Book signing rescheduled

NORCROSS — Steve Berry, the author whose historical thrillers have repeatedly made The New York Times bestseller’s list, will be at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center for a book signing at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Berry will be promoting his newest book, “Emperor’s Tomb,” the sixth in a series of harrowing adventures faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone.

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will be present to welcome Berry, who has nearly 11 million books in print, translated into 37 languages and sold in 50 countries.

The evening in historic Norcross is presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library system. For more information about Berry and his work, visit www.steveberry.org.

Citizenship Award application deadline near

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jackson Electric Membership Corp. is accepting applications for the 2011 Youth Citizenship Award.

Applicants should be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school, 16 years old by June 3 and be involved in community or school volunteer organizations whose chief objective is improving the community.

The winner of this award will earn the prestigious title, along with a $2,000 college scholarship, a $1,000 grant to distribute to a school or civic organization of choice, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the Washington Youth Tour.

Students do not have to be Jackson EMC members to participate but must attend a high school in Jackson EMC’s service territory.

Applicants must submit the application and send at least one professional letter of recommendation from a sponsor of a group/organization where they volunteer. Applications must be received by Monday.

To obtain an application form, visit www.jacksonemc.com/citizenship or the Jackson EMC page on Facebook.

Norcross wraps up monthlong canned food drive

NORCROSS — The city of Norcross is asking residents to “Open Your Heart” by donating to the “CAN” Do for Hunger through the end of the month.

This February was the first in a series of month-long campaigns in Norcross to fill the shelves of local food pantries. It is part of the Gwinnett Municipal Association’s annual “CAN” Do for Hunger project, where 13 of the county’s cities team together to meet the needs of hungry Gwinnett families.

A drop-off box is located in City Hall and other city facilities through the end of the month.

For more information or help in organizing a “CAN” Do food drive, call Code Enforcement Supervisor Philomena Robertson at 770-448-7327.

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