MILTON , GA. - Jack Lindon serves as the volunteer co-chair of Milton Grows Green (MGG), a citizen’s committee that oversees conservation and beautification programs in the city of Milton. Lindon was also in charge of logistics for the third annual Milton Earth Day Festival held April 21 Birmingham Park.
With a doctorate in biophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lindon spent his career in the medical field, first researching blood chemistry at Harvard Medical School and later moving to Georgia to develop medical devices for Kimberly Clark in Roswell. Now semi-retired, Lindon spends most of his time doing volunteer environmental work, which he describes as his favorite extracurricular activity.
Milton Herald: What sort of programs does Milton Grows Green oversee?
Jack Lindon: About half of our programs are affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, such as Adopt-a-Road and the Rivers Alive stream-cleaning effort. We also assist with recycling programs, air and water quality initiatives and land use and building standards. Currently, we are working on a new ordinance to help balance development and green space in downtown Crabapple.
MH: What about the Milton Earth Day Festival?
JL: It’s a chance for local families to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Birmingham Park while learning about eco-friendly choices in our community. This year we offered demonstrations on rainwater harvesting, recycling, gardening, electric cars and green building practices in addition to displays of eco-friendly consumer products. We had live music by local performers and high school groups and horse-drawn carriage rides. For the kids, there were pony rides, a rock wall, monkey bridge, giant hamster balls and hiking trails. Also, all of the food was free from fantastic vendors such as Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails, Shane’s Rib Shack, Olde Blind Dog and Boga Taqueria.
MH: How can people become involved with the Milton Grows Green committee?
JL: MGG has a dedicated group of about 12 volunteers with specific expertise in the environmental field, but membership on the committee is open to anyone. Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. We are particularly looking for people familiar with green building practices to join our committee. Learn more at http://cityofmiltonga.us.
MH: Do you have any personal environmental projects?
JL: I already drive a hybrid car, and my wife and I want to build a small retirement home that is completely energy efficient. If you use the right construction methods and build to LEEDS platinum standards, it’s possible run a home for $0 per month. That sounds pretty good to me!