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The path to creating less waste is a slow and steady process. CAES News
Green Resolutions
The new year is a great time to pick up a few habits that will help build a greener future for the planet, but new habits can be hard to maintain.
Kylie Jordan, a sixth-grader from Morrow, Georgia, won first place in Georgia's Radon Poster Contest for her poster of a sci-fi-inspired radon cloud hovering over a neighborhood. CAES News
Radon Poster Contest
Radon, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but it can be detected and mitigated with the help of local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state.  
Jermaine Durham, assistant professor of housing and community development in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, now serves as a housing and community development specialist for UGA Extension. CAES News
Housing Specialist
The shortage of affordable and healthy housing is nothing new for communities across the South, but new trends in infill building and gentrification have exacerbated these shortages in many cities and towns in Georgia.
Perfect composting conditions require the perfect combination of materials — not too much brown matter, not too much green matter, not too cold and not too dry. CAES News
Composting 101
International Compost Awareness Week is May 5 to 11 and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices across the state are prepared to provide advice for homeowners who want to start recycling their food and landscape waste into compost to improve their soil.
A group of black flies CAES News
Black Flies
One of the best things about living above the fall line in Georgia has always been the lack of gnat swarms, but that seems to have changed this spring.
Abnormally dry conditions this summer have kept Georgia's mosquito populations mercifully low, but that's no reason for Georgians to let down their guard, especially this season. CAES News
Mosquito-borne Virus
A horse in Lowndes County, Georgia, has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), one of the most pathogenic among all of the mosquito-borne, encephalitis-causing viruses. EEE is a larger threat below Georgia’s fall line, but rare cases can occur farther north in the state.
In addition to spring cleaning, UGA Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents recommend freshening the look of your home's decor. A few carefully placed pillows, wall art or an area rug can make a huge difference. CAES News
Freshen Up
Spring is in the air! For me, that also means it is time to update my home. Research has shown that we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, so let’s make our homes as comfortable and beautiful as possible. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension provides the following helpful hints to create wonderful spaces for our homes this season.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates, from left, David C. Barrow Elementary School fourth-grader Emma Starnes, David C. Barrow Elementary School fifth-grader Blake Bernt and Malcolm Bridge Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Hawkins. All three were named finalists in the 2019 UGA Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest. CAES News
Radon Posters
Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three students from northeast Georgia for their efforts to spread the word about the dangers of radon as part of the 2019 University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.
Derek Cooper serves as the radon educator with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program. CAES News
Radon Educator
Derek Cooper has always had a passion for helping people live healthier lives.