Spring Newsletter

Sustainable Newton Receives
$50,500 Community Action Grant

Sustainable Newton was honored to receive a $50,500 Community Action Grant from the Meta (formerly Facebook) Newton Data Center to fund our community solar project.  The award, announced April 11, will allow Sustainable Newton to select a local non-profit serving disadvantaged communities in Newton County to receive a solar energy system to reduce their utility expenses and demonstrate the benefits of clean, renewable energy.  The recipient will be selected through a by-invitation-only application process to be announced later this spring. 

Read more about the Community Action Grants program and see the full list of this year's recipients.

Earth Day Conversation with
Ascend Elements VP Roger Lin

Friday, Apr 22nd 10:00am - 11:00am
Register for this Virtual-Event


How do we scale battery production without negatively impacting the environment? That seems like the perfect topic for an Earth Day 2022 discussion.

This summer, Ascend Elements will open a commercial-scale, lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Covington which will be North America's largest battery recycling facility. We'll talk with Ascend Elements Vice President of Global Marketing & Government Relations Roger Lin, about his company's mission, their plans for Covington, the proprietary innovations they'll be using here, and what it all means for the EV industry and the world.

Learn more about Ascend Elements and the battery recycling process in this CNBC story.



What About Those EV Batteries?

We've gone from no one paying attention to the electric vehicle battery
supply chain to everyone freaking out about it. 

By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton Marketing & Communications Director

Not long ago, nickel was a coin, cobalt was a paint color, and lithium was a drug used to treat certain mood disorders.  You might have heard of lithium-ion batteries, but they weren't something sold from a rack in the checkout line at your drug store.  Even if there was one inside your cellphone, you couldn't get inside to touch it.

Electric vehicles (EVs) changed that. Or, rather, America's late-to-the-party-gotta-catch-up embrace of EVs coupled with global supply chain issues have made batteries fodder for the latest headlines.

Read more 


Eco Eagles Fund, NCCA Students Plant Teddy Bear Magnolia 

Last Christmas, students with the Eastside High School, Newton County Eco Eagles were concerned about the carbon footprint of cutting down so many trees for Christmas. So, when they raised money to plant a tree to offset that impact, their science teacher, Betsy Proffitt, contacted Sustainable Newton for suggestions for a group that could purchase and plant a tree. (Since EHS is moving to a new campus next year, planting a tree on the current school site made no sense.)

In March, students at Newton College and Career Academy joined with the Eco Eagles to plant a Teddy Bear Magnolia on the NCCA campus, becoming the first tree in the school's arboretum managed by students in the forestry program. 

Read "It's All About Connections," a blog by Dr. Marcus Pollard, Agricultural Educator & Young Farmer Advisor with Newton College & Career Academy


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