The city of Dunwoody Sustainability Commission is ready with the second month of its ongoing Living and Learning series. The theme for February is Smart Choices, and will include a Smart Choices Grocery Store Tour on Feb. 4. This guided tour will take participants through a local supermarket in order to provide education about smart food choices that can help to improve health and promote sustainability through the support of responsibly produced foods.  The tour will take place at a grocery in Dunwoody Village on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.  Space is limited to 15 people. Please email becca.timms@dunwoodyga.gov to reserve your spot.

The products on the store shelves are just a small representation of the materials and resources that are used to create them. While consumption is a part of our lives, it is possible to choose products that use smaller amounts of renewable and non-renewable resources than their competitors. These types of products are also essential for maintaining our own health. This month will provide information on assessing the full life cycle cost of common products, so that you can make smart choices as to which products best fit the values and needs of your family, and can help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Use the resources below to find more sustainable alternatives to some of your commonly used products. You can also complete a cost benefit analysis to see if a switch to a more sustainable product will work for you.

• Co-op America, National Green Pages: coopamerica. org/pubs/greenpages

• Earth Animal: earthanimal.com

• Ecomall-Environmental Shopping Center: ecomall.com

• Global Exchange/Fair Trade: globalexchange.org

• One Percent for the Planet: onepercentfortheplanet.org

• Professional Wet-cleaning Network: tpwn.net

• Responsible Shopper: responsibleshopper.org

• Reusable Shopping Bags: reusablebags.com

Coming in March: Recycling is the Living and Learning theme, and Wednesday March 7 is Georgia Walk to School Day. Dunwoody elementary schools will be holding a contest to see who has the most walkers.

The public is invited to attend Sustainability Commission meetings and input is invited at the end of each meeting. The commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 41 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody 30346. The commission members are appointed by the Dunwoody City Council. For more information about the Sustainability Commission, visit the city website at www.dunwoodyga.gov.

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