American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.
Athens Land Trust conserves, empowers and sustains communities through responsible and visionary land use.
More than a traditional park and recreation department, the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department boasts more than 2,000 acres of parks and miles of trails, as well as an arts center, dance center, historic vaudeville theatre, nature center, greenway, and a zoo.
Leisure Services staff work to build a more livable community by providing opportunities to learn, to create, and to play in quality parks, programs, and facilities that are valued by citizens.
The Stormwater Management Program is dedicated to protecting Athens-Clarke County water from the moment it runs off our streets to the moment it reaches our streams.
Athens-Clarke County hopes to increase the life span of its water system facilities beyond 2050 with an aggressive Water Conservation Program. This effort can help control costs and minimize rate increases as our community continues to grow and change.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful is a Keep America Beautiful certified program which focuses on litter prevention, beautification, and proper solid waste management.
The Memorial Park/Birchmore Trail Weed Warriors is a group of volunteers dedicated to eradicating non-native invasive plants from the park’s forest, part of the Middle Oconee watershed. They hold community workdays twice a month from October through March to remove these exotic invasives, which displace native plants and often can’t be used as food by wildlife or native insects.
The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to coordinate, communicate and advance sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service & outreach, student engagement and campus operations.
To ensure campus-wide implementation of the University’s commitment to sustainability as outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a 313-acre preserve set aside by the University of Georgia in 1968 for the study and enjoyment of plants and nature. The garden is a "living laboratory" serving teaching, research, public service, and outreach missions for the University of Georgia and the citizens of Georgia. The garden contains a wide variety of natural features and includes plant communities and habitats common to the Georgia Piedmont.
The Chew Crew is a research initiative on campus that utilizes goats as a method to control growth of invasive plant species, while avoiding the use of chemicals. The grazing sites are currently a segment of Tanyard Creek and, new this fall, the old growth forest behind the Driftmier Engineering Center.
The Odum School of Ecology is the first standalone school of ecology in the world. Many universities have departments of ecology and schools that focus on the broader field of environmental studies, but the Odum School is the only one specifically independently devoted to ecology. The Odum School will immediately be recognized as one of the nation’s top research programs in ecological sciences based on the strength of its faculty, reputation of its degree programs and international stature.
The Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN) is dedicated to protecting water resources and improving stream health in our watershed through community-based advocacy, monitoring, education, and recreation.