Former Slugger Teixeira Now Focused on Environment

April 14, 2017 – Originally posted by the San Francisco Chronicle

When Mark Teixeira was growing up in Maryland, he loved hanging out at a sprawling park near his home. That's where he headed most every day after school. He could play all sorts of sports, from baseball to soccer to football. There was a pond for fishing. Sometimes, he was content just to stroll around with his dog.

"Every community deserves that," Teixeira said, his tone both nostalgic and hopeful.

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Atlanta’s Multi-use Trails Create Linear Parks and Alternative Travel Options in Light of I-85 Breach

April 2, 2017 – Originally posted by the Saporta Report

Transportation options.

Never have those two words held as much meaning for Atlanta as they do now. The collapse of a section of Interstate 85 – has severed a key transportation artery for the region. Immediately, and with good reason, there were pleas for us to get serious about regional rail transit – once and for all. A silver lining of this manmade disaster is the probability that transit will gain momentum during this transportation debacle.

But there are other options.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Major Funding Commitments to Proctor Creek Watershed

February 15, 2017 – Originally posted by the City of Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City of Atlanta will allocate $3 million in TSPLOST revenue this year to build the first segment of the Proctor Creek Greenway. The Proctor Creek Greenway will be a seven-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail spanning from Maddox Park to the Chattahoochee River. 

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EPA chief tells Georgians that agency’s mission is public health

March 31, 2016 By Andy Miller

The EPA’s administrator told a gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday that she wants her organization viewed “as a public health agency.”

Gina McCarthy emphasized the importance of environmental effects on health at a roundtable discussion at Morehouse, which including medical students, local college professors and community activists.

The activists brought up problems related to the Proctor Creek Watershed, which McCarthy toured Thursday morning. It’s an area west of downtown Atlanta that has experienced poor water quality, pervasive flooding and sewage overflows. It has several so-called brownfields, sites where pollution makes future land use difficult.

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“We’re trying to address the communities that have been left behind … like Proctor Creek, where they are bearing disproportionate burdens,” McCarthy said.

Darryl Haddock of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance told GHN that water quality in the Proctor Creek area has improved but that the runoff from downtown Atlanta is a constant problem, creating mold in homes.

Debra Edelson of the Emerald Corridor Foundation added that while the sewage problem has been decreased significantly, “we’re not where we should be” in terms of preventing water runoff damage.

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The GSB Interview: Mark Teixeira of the NY Yankees; Helping to Rebuild and Green NW Atlanta

Published by Green Sports Blog in February of 2016

(Excerpt) GSB: Being a New Yorker, I’ve always thought that the Yankees, who play in a glittering palace in one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the US, with the highest asthma rate, have a particular responsibility to help kids in the Bronx and northern Manhattan (Harlem, Washington Heights) to eat healthier food, get to play in good conditions. It’s terrific that you’re helping to make that happen with Harlem RBI. Let’s turn to the Emerald Corridor Foundation. What is it and how did you get involved?

MT: Well, I went to Georgia Tech in Atlanta—so did my wife—and then played with the Braves. So I knew Atlanta really well and loved the area. I had gotten involved in a few small environmental greening projects before that. But in ’08 I was approached by some investors in Atlanta who had a BIG idea: To restore a huge swath of Northwest Atlanta…

GSB:…The Emerald Corridor?

MT: Exactly. It basically makes up a big part of Northwest Atlanta and is impoverished, with all of the signs of urban blight…High crime, high unemployment, low hope. But, it happens that this area sits on what once was spectacular green space, with stunning natural beauty—streams, woodlands. So my investors and I decided to, as we call it, “Lead with Green”—to make this a beautiful, natural and healthy place that people want to visit and live in instead of one that people want to avoid.

GSB: That sounds like a Herculean challenge…

MT: In one sense, you’re right—this size of urban redevelopment combined with restoration of natural habits has never been done before. On the other hand, we have a fantastic canvas—the Emerald Corridor will link 400 acres of reclaimed land, parks and green space to revitalized communities…

Read the full interview here.