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November 2007

(Richmond Hill, GA) Marla Busbee Joins Sugar Magnolia Homes Team as Buyer’s Agent

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(RICHMOND HILL, GA) – Marla Busbee, a Savannah native who has spent the last 12 years living in Richmond Hill, joined the staff at Sugar Magnolia Homes, a construction company that specializes in custom built homes.   Recently, Sugar Magnolia Homes has immersed itself in green building, creating homes that are energy-efficient and are low-impact on the environment.
 
Marla is one of two new Buyer’s Agents for the realty group associated with sugar Magnolia Homes called The Low Country Group.
 
"We work on site representing Sugar Magnolia Homes at any of their model homes or existing properties for sale," Busbee said. "If we are doing a home resale, we represent the buyer."
 
The position fits well with Busbee’s previous professional experience in accounting. The Jenkins High School graduate did a stint with the Bryan County News, handling the publication’s accounting. She also worked as an accountant for Growth Solutions, helping Johnny Murphy and Charlie Watson manage the financial aspects of various businesses including Ft. McAllister Marina and Custom Designer Surfaces, a company that specializes in countertops for homes.
 
Busbee is excited to be part of the team at Sugar Magnolia and The Low Country Group.
 
"I worked for several years as an accountant, and I decided to go into real estate," she said.
 
Busbee is married and has two teenage children, a son and a daughter, who attend Richmond Hill High School.
 
Sugar Magnolia Homes, which employs approximately 9 people in Richmond Hill, is an innovator in construction practices that drastically reduce waste, emphasize recycling and reuse and employ the use of energy-efficient features to make homes more cost-effective for owners.
 
The company has completed homes throughout the tri-county area during the past 4 years.  Specifically, three Energy Star-certified homes are near completion in Midtown at White Oak Village, a development off of Hwy. 17 South.
 
For more information about Sugar Magnolia Homes, visit www.sugarmagnoliahomes.com , or call (912) 756-4014.
 

(Savannah, GA / Bluffton SC) Rob Rousey New Operations Manager for Closet Specialist

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(SAVANNAH/BLUFFTON)  Jeff & Josh Klein, owners of Closet Specialist, are proud to announce their new Operations Manager.  Rob Rousey’s primary responsibilities range from quality control to production operations.

Rousey has lived in the Savannah area for seven years.  He originally moved from New Jersey to Fort Stewart where, after 22 years, he finished his stint with the 3rd infantry division.   During that time, he was a command financial advisor and also served in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 where he was a mortar platoon sergeant.  Rousey and his wife, Bianca, have two children, ages seven and two. 
 
Rousey is responsible for the entire production and installation facets of the Closet Specialist operation at their manufacturing facility in Bluffton, SC. These areas include, purchasing, inventory control, production control, quality assurance, scheduling, installations and the company’s computer network and database.

Closet Specialist, LLC is located at 1204-A, HWY 278 in Bluffton.  Also at this location is the recently opened “Commercial Specialist” which creates customized closet spaces for businesses.  There is also a Savannah Closet Specialist showroom at 7701 Waters Ave and a Jacksonville office will be opening in the near future. 

(Savannah) The American Diabetes Association is holding Diabetes University

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If there were ever an opportunity to learn more about diabetes, January 19th 2008 is it.  The American Diabetes Association is putting on Diabetes University – a one-day event being held at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Armstrong Center.  It is an opportunity to educate attendees on everything about diabetes, from research to how to control the disease.
 
Paula Kreissler, the Leadership Council Chair for the Savannah Chapter of the American Diabetes Association says she is looking forward to Diabetes University.  Not just because she is playing a large role in planning the event, but also because of how much it benefits the community.
 
“Diabetes is a disease that is manageable, but the key is education,” Kreissler says.
 
“And education for everyone.  It’s important for friends and family of those with diabetes to understand it as well, and this event is the perfect chance for them to do just that.”
 
Diabetes is America’s fastest growing disease, affecting 21 million children and adults in the United States.
 
There are many organizations pulling together to make Diabetes University possible, including Wound Care Clinic – ESU, Inc., the business of which Kreissler is president.
 
There are 16 sessions planned for the January event, including seminars on exercise and diet.  Plus, there will be lectures from local physicians and diabetes experts.  Exhibitor areas with a wealth of information will be there, along with Georgia State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who will be the keynote speaker.  
 
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.  For more information on Diabetes University, log on to www.diabetes.org or call 912-353-8110.
 
Wound Care Clinic – ESU, Inc. is located at 815 East 68th Street, Suite 2 in Savannah. The second location at 1000 Towne Center Blvd in Pooler opened in July.  The purpose of the clinic is to heal chronic and acute non-healing wounds utilizing electrical stimulation, ultrasound and standard therapies.   To learn more, call (912) 691-2614 or 998-0040 or log on at www.woundcareclinic.net.

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(Savannah, GA) Savannah Real Estate in British Spotlight With Weak Dollar

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The strength of the Euro makes American real estate a real bargain for European buyers, and some are making their way to Savannah.
 
Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty said that they have had a handful of Europeans interested in buying Savannah properties this fall.
 
That number is likely to increase since Savannah is getting attention from British media.
 
Dunn was interviewed last week for a BBC documentary about life in America set to air next year. British actor Stephen Fry has been visiting states in the U.S.A., driving around in a London taxi while observing life in America.
 
“He felt their prices would be two to three times more (in England),” Dunn said. “They feel our prices are very low, particularly compared to their real estate prices. Because of the strength of the British pound it is an excellent time to buy.”
 
For the documentary, Dunn showed Fry properties at 20 W. Jones St. and 410 E. Charlton St.
 
“He seemed to be taken with the beauty of Savannah,” Dunn said, adding the weather was beautiful for the shoot. “They loved the fact that everyone was very friendly.”
 
Another Savannah home was featured this fall in British real estate magazine Property Square. Listing agent Annie Rockwell of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty said the magazine tagged her listing of a waterfront Dutch Island home “The American Dream.”
 
The dollar has had about a two-to-one exchange with the British pound recently, for the first time since the early 1990s. With the dollar’s worldwide weakness, investors from China and other areas are becoming interested in U.S. real estate. Key markets like south Florida, New York and Las Vegas are seeing increasing numbers of international buyers for additional homes or investment.
 
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
 
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit Savannah Real Estate. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.
 

(Savannah) Historic Savannah Hotel to Donate Furniture to Savannah City Mission

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Promenade Savannah, formerly known as the Best Western Savannah Historic District, is in its first stages of a complete building renovation. As the first phase is completed, 44 rooms will be demolished, leaving nightstands, chairs and other hotel items available for needy organizations.
 
"We wanted to donate the items to an organization that could put them to good use in our community,” the Promenade’s General Manager Jeff Fouste said.
 
Reverend Jim Lewis the Executive Director of the Old Savannah City Mission said he plans to use the donation to furnish eight bedrooms and a living room in a new facility. He called the donation "ironic" because the furniture is coming at such an opportune time. Lewis said the organization will soon be providing a home for 14 students enrolling in the Fresh Start Division of the Mission’s Urban Training Institute. 
 
"When I signed the lease we did not have any furniture to go in the new facility, nor did we have the funds to purchase them.  I did sense an assurance that the furnishings would come…what a delightful surprise.  This is one of those times when God answers before you ask," said Lewis.
 
Surrounded by the historic district’s languid and beautifully shaded squares, the hotel, located at 412 W. Bay Street, hopes to continue donations throughout the renovation period.
 
The first phase of the hotel’s rejuvenation included the addition of an elevator. The second phase, scheduled to begin November 26, is focused on the enhancement of the guest rooms. Each room will receive a full bathroom remodel, to include granite counter tops, new tubs and showers as well as spa-quality soaps, shampoos, lotions and linens. In addition, all rooms will receive new carpeting, a crisp new bedding package, new furniture and a 32-inch LCD television.
 
The Promenade Savannah is a unique hotel surrounded by the Savannah College of Art and Design, City Market, River Street and Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant. Whether you’re visiting relatives or touring the city, the Promenade offers affordable rooms, elder-care, AARP and AAA discounts and a motor coach park.   
 
To learn more about the Promenade Savannah, log on to www.promenadesavannah.com
or call 912-233-1011.

(Birmingham, AL) Melaver, Inc. Achieves LEED for Birmingham Office Interior

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Georgia-based firm Packs Environmentally Friendly Features into 1,500 Square Feet
 
(Birmingham, AL)  The Melaver, Inc. offices at 1819 5th Avenue North, Suite 810, adjacent to the former Federal Reserve Bank in Birmingham, Ala., have been certified as green offices by the U.S. Green Building Council, as part of its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors program.  The Birmingham office is the seventh LEED project in the Melaver, Inc. real estate portfolio.  
 
“To achieve LEED-CI certification in 1,500 square feet was a challenge,” said Colin Coyne, chief operating officer for Savannah-based Melaver, Inc., and Birmingham resident.  “We’re committed to energy efficient, healthy work spaces, and see our office as a demonstration project for what is to come when we develop the former Federal Reserve Bank building for commercial use.”  Melaver, Inc. purchased the former Federal Reserve property in 2006 and plans to develop a multi-use LEED project on the site in 2008.
 
Achieving LEED-CI certification means that a third party has examined the Melaver, Inc. office and its operational practices and verified that the owners are adhering to a strict standard established for environmentally friendly commercial interior spaces.  Among the assets of the Melaver space are abundant daylighting, environmentally friendly, low-emitting finishes such as the carpet and paint, and re-use and recycling of materials incorporated into the space.  The project team included: (need details on designer, contractor, etc.)
 
About US Green Building Council and LEED
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.
 
About Melaver, Inc.
Melaver, Inc., is a third generation, sustainably-focused real estate firm with holdings throughout the Southeast.  Notable projects include one of the first Silver LEED designations from the US Green Building Council for an historic preservation project in Savannah (The Whitaker Building), as well as the nation’s first all retail LEED Core & Shell project (Abercorn Common Shopping Center) in Savannah that includes the first and only LEED McDonald’s.  Eighty-five percent of Melaver’s staff are LEED accredited professionals, and the company is committed to examining the environmental, financial and social aspects of every project in which it is involved.
 

(Savannah, GA) Tommy Linstroth’s New Book Shows ‘Local Action’ Makes a Big Difference

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(SAVANNAH) – Think you and your town can’t make a difference with global warming? Savannahian Tommy Linstroth knows local action can have a significant effect.
 
Linstroth’s book “Local Action: The New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy” is an upbeat and accessible guide for citizens, communities, and local governments interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Linstroth examined efforts by local governments that are having a significant effect. A handful of jurisdictions in the United States are preventing over 20 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually and have saved over $400,000,000 in the process.
 
 “Climate change is not just an international concern, it is also an important local issue,” Linstroth said. “For the first time in history, more people in America live in cities than in rural areas – thus the impact you can have by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the local level is significant.”
 
Published by the University Press of New England, “Local Action” will be available in November. Co-author Ryan Bell is an Environmental Planner with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and was formerly the U. S. Program Manager with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)—Local Governments for Sustainability.
 
The City of Savannah is participating in ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection campaign, joining over 160 other U.S. cities in the program. This program is a feature in “Local Action: A New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy.” The City of Savannah is currently analyzing its greenhouse gas emissions and creating an implementation plan.
 
Linstroth said the city will implement recommendations from his book and see benefits from joining Cities for Climate Protection. Measures that reduce greenhouse gases also tend to save money through efficiencies (participants in the CCP program save a total $400 million annually), reduce harmful air pollutants such as particulates (leading cause of asthma), nitrous oxides (smog) and sulfur dioxides (acid rain), and increase the quality of life for citizens.
 
“Local Action” is required reading for those citizens and public servants impatient with waiting for federal action on climate change for the last two decades. Providing a framework for both community and government initiatives, the book includes sections on the action plan, the motivation, the process and the plan for making changes.
The authors also show a strong connection between these climate action strategies and addressing quality of life issues. This well-reasoned and nicely documented guide for local action contains many resources for individuals and communities looking to take the next step in participating in global solutions for a beleaguered planet.

After providing a primer on global warming and reviewing the short history of U.S. climate change policy, the authors make a strong case for taking action at the local level. “Local Action” also provides many examples of municipalities that have already instituted climate action strategies that have yielded measurable reductions in carbon emissions.
While traditionally framed as a national and international problem, climate change is also an important local issue. For the past 15 years, while nations have fought over the terms of emissions reductions and the Kyoto Protocol, local governments and communities have been enacting innovative measures that not only prevent emissions of significant quantities of greenhouse gases but also reduce air pollution, save money, and improve the overall quality of life.

In the absence of a serious national policy that addresses global warming, these grassroots efforts can and have made a difference. Since 1993, when 14 pioneering local governments first began to develop programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a national and international movement has formed to fight global climate change through concerted local action.

These community initiatives include greening the local building codes, creating commercial waste reduction programs, encouraging water conservation, promoting bicycling and fuel-efficient vehicles, upgrading city buildings, advocating for the use of biodiesel for municipal transportation, and designing innovative systems and policies for reduced paper use. Two in-depth case studies – Fort Collins, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon – demonstrate how two cities have created and implemented climate-friendly and environmentally sound habitats.

While most books on global warming focus on national and international implications and policy approaches or serve as guides to help individuals live in an ecologically sound manner, Tommy Linstroth and Ryan Bell provide a blueprint for local governments to follow. Combining an analysis of existing federal policy with examples of successful local policy, they provide practical examples of measures that can be implemented by communities and local governments across the United States.

Tommy Linstroth is the Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., a vertically integrated, sustainable real estate firm based in Savannah, Georgia. Ryan Bell is an Environmental Planner with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and was formerly the U. S. Program Manager with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) — Local Governments for Sustainability.

“Local Action: The New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy” will be available in November for $19.95. Published by the University Press of New England, “Local Action” may be ordered at 800-421-1561 or online at http://www.upne.com/1-58465-672-7.html

Top Ten Community Measures to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 
 1. Greening Local Buildings and Improving Efficiency
 2. Utilizing Landfill and Sewer Gas as a Source of Green Power
 3. Encourage Residential Recycling
 4. Commercial Waste Reduction Programs
 5. Promoting Reuse as a Waste Reduction Alternative
 6. Water Conservation
 7. Fuel Efficient Vehicles
 8. Parking Cash Out
 9. Promoting Bicycling
10. Building Materials and Vegetation to Curb the Urban Heat Island Effect
 
Top Ten Government Measures to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 1. Green Building Policies for Municipal Buildings
 2. Comprehensive Upgrade of City Buildings
 3. Purchase Green Power for Municipal Operations
 4. Biodiesel for Municipal Fleets
 5. Green the Municipal Fleet
 6. Innovative Paper Reduction Strategies
 7. Environmentally Preferable Procurement Programs
 8. Concrete with Recycled Content
 9. Light Emitting Diode Traffic Signals and Exit Signs
10. Promoting Public Transportation

(Savannah) Beth Ann Jackson Joins Sugar Magnolia Homes as Buyer’s Agent

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(RICHMOND HILL, GA) – Beth Ann Jackson joined Sugar Magnolia Homes of Richmond Hill in October as a Buyer’s Agent for The Low Country Group. The Low Country Group is a realty team associated with Sugar Magnolia Homes. Jackson and Marla Busbee are on-site representatives for the company at the Midtown at White Oak Village development off Hwy. 17 south.

"We work with buyers and another member of the team works with sellers," Jackson explained. "We’re doing site sale and resale work."

Jackson, who has a background in real estate, relocated to Savannah from Seattle in February.

"I came to Sugar Magnolia to be part of the Low Country Group because I’m interested in sustainable housing," Jackson said. "They are a leader in the green building business, a passion of mine, so it was a perfect match."

Jackson became interested in sustainable building practices while living in Washington state. She grew up in Plano, TX, and studied anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin. While studying in Costa Rica, she met a couple from Seattle who encouraged her move there.

Prior to working as an agent with Caldwell Banker in Seattle, Jackson was the general manager for a restaurant as well as a company that owned three yoga studios.

Jackson is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sugar Magnolia Homes, which employs approximately 9 people in Richmond Hill, is an innovator in construction practices that drastically reduce waste, emphasize recycling and reuse and employ the use of energy-efficient features to make homes more cost-effective for owners.

For more information about Sugar Magnolia Homes, visit www.sugarmagnoliahomes.com , or call (912) 756-4014.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Franklin Williams is October 2007 Top Producer

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(SAVANNAH) – Franklin Williams earned October 2007 Top Producer status for Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty.

He also earned Top Producer status for January, March and June 2007, and for the years 2004 and 2005.
 
A native Savannahian, Williams has been an associate broker with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty for the last four years.
 
Williams has represented many buyers and sellers for residential properties ranging from historic townhouses to waterfront properties, land and commercial real estate. He has 20-plus years’ experience in real estate.
 
“My promise to my clients is to provide them personal and professional real estate services that save them time, energy and money,” Williams said. “Every sale and purchase is equally important to me.”
 
Williams offers his clients excellent service, said Celia Dunn of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty.
 
“He is the consummate professional in his real estate dealings,” she said. “He always researches every property carefully, he provides his clients with excellent options available to them, and he has researched the market thoroughly. He is very professional and experienced, and he has a background in mortgage banking so he is very knowledgeable.”
 
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
 
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit Savannah Real Estate To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(Savannah) Clara Fishel Joins Melaver-Mouchet as a Sustainable Brokerage Associate

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Clara Fishel has joined commercial real estate leader Melaver-Mouchet as a sustainable brokerage associate.
 
Fishel will serve as a liaison between Melaver Inc. and Melaver-Mouchet, while assisting with marketing and administrative functions, and working alongside the brokerage team to integrate the various Melaver, Inc. services into the company’s overall offerings. 
 
Prior to joining Melaver-Mouchet, Fishel worked for two years as a sustainability researcher in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at University of California-Davis.  She has a B.S. in Community and Regional Development from UC-Davis and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2.2 Accredited Professional.  From 1996 – 2002, Fishel was co-owner of Café Metropole in downtown Savannah.
 
Melaver-Mouchet is a leader in the commercial real estate market in Savannah and throughout Southeast Georgia and the Low Country.  The office is located in the historic Whitaker Building, the first building in Savannah to become LEED certified, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Contact: (912) 238-5416
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