Fall 2022 


A Letter from the Sustainable Newton President

Dear Friends,

Sustainable Newton is undertaking our annual fundraising campaign and we need your help! As you may know, Sustainable Newton is a non-profit organization that strives to create a world where people and the planet are as important as profits and where future generations matter. We drive solution-oriented local responses to the global issues of climate change and sustainability by building awareness with, engaging, and enabling fellow citizens of Newton County, businesses, and local governments to take positive and meaningful steps.


Since 2018, Sustainable Newton has been active in our community by hosting film screenings and discussions, climate change presentations, and connecting members and supporters with partner organizations doing great work on environmental action and sustainability in Newton Co and beyond:

  •  In 2019, we worked with Solar CrowdSource and several nonprofits to sponsor a Solarize Newton-Morgan Program which helped 16 area households install solar energy systems totaling 85 kilowatts of capacity and reducing CO2 emissions by about 160,000 pounds per year. 
  • Working with the Ray C Anderson Center for Sustainable Business in the GA Tech Scheller College of Business, Sustainable Newton sponsored a graduate student research project to analyze the City of Covington's vehicle fleet and recommend alternative fuel vehicle replacement to reduce the city's carbon footprint by 40% and save 75% on fuel and maintenance.
  • And in 2022, working with GA Tech’s Scheller College of Business again, we facilitated a project with the Newton County Solid Waste Authority and the City of Covington to bring drop-off glass recycling back to Covington residents.  Expected to be implemented in late 2022 or early 2023, the program will provide a drop-off location that will be serviced by the Newton Co. Solid Waste Authority.
  • Currently, we are working with a Meta (Facebook) Community Action Grant to install rooftop solar to power the facilities of a local non-profit. 

You can learn more about who we are and what we are up to here.

As you can see, we have been busy! But we need your help to fund the tools required to continue expanding our reach and growing our impact in the community through virtual and in-person events, print materials, web, and social media content, and outreach to Newton County residents, businesses, and local governments. We are a group of Newton County citizens who are committed to doing whatever we can to make Newton County a more sustainable place to live now and in the future. Your gifts, no matter how small, will help us achieve
our goals.

Being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we need many small gifts to show community support and help us keep our nonprofit status. So, gifts of $10, $25, or $50 dollars matter! You can mail a check to: 

PO BOX #146
OXFORD, GA 30054

Many thanks for what you do for our community and for supporting our efforts!

Theodosia Wade
President Sustainable Newton

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Big Problem, but Bigger Opportunity

The financial model the City of Covington is operating under creates an $8.4M/year shortfall against the long-term maintenance and replacement costs for the city's infrastructure (roads, water and sewer lines, and electric and natural gas lines).  And that deficit will grow by that much every year it goes unfunded.  Put into practical terms, the city can ultimately only afford 46% of its existing 104 miles of roads inside the city limits.  That was the message delivered to elected officials, city staff, and citizens last week by Joe Minicozzi, principle of the consulting firm Urban3.

Watch 11-02-22 Town Hall Meeting with Joe Minicozzi, AICP

RayDay: Beginning a Tradition

On Sunday, October 16th, Sustainable Newton was one of approximately 50 organizations invited by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation to participate as Eco-Exhibitors for their RayDay Celebration at Serenbe in south Fulton County.  It was an honor and privilege to be included in this annual celebration of the foundation's namesake. Sustainable Newton member Emily Griffith attended with her family and shares this first-hand account of a very amazing day. 

Upcoming Events

A Virtual Discussion with Mike Zelkind, Co-founder & CEO, 80 Acres Farms

It may look like a warehouse, but that building going up on GA-142 next to Home Depot, across the street from General Mills, is really a farm. Vertical farming company 80 Acres Farms announced plans in June to build their facility in Covington and it will open later this year or early 2023.

For our 2023 kickoff event, Sustainable Newton invites you to join us as we talk with 80 Acres Farms co-founder and CEO Mike Zelkind about his company, this project, and why vertical farming is sustainable. 

What is Vertical Farming?
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