Margot McNeely and Madelein Edwards help volunteers repaint the recycling bins June 26.

New doors, paint improve recycling containers

Some more big changes are happening to the recycling containers at Walker and Cooper, located in the First Congregational Church parking lot. Some nifty new doors were installed by Signworks to help ensure the recyclables that you worked so hard to gather do not fall out en route to the recycling facility. This issue tended [...]

Volunteer painters needed June 26

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 to help paint a mural on the recycling containers outside First Congo Church at Cooper and Walker. No experience is needed and lunch is provided. Email for information.

Rusted recycling containers getting green new look

It’s a rare sight to see both sustainability and beautification wrapped up into one community project on a street corner that many pass each day, much less two. However, such a project has been the newest addition to the intersection of Walker and Young, where the paint-chipped, rusted recycling bins that marked Cooper Young’s recycling [...]

LED lights bring down trestle art utility bill

LED lights bring down trestle art utility bill

We are proud to say that the LED lights installed in early February have already had positive impact on the monthly energy use of the Cooper-Young landmark. Our bill for March 2013 was significantly lower than previous bills, decreasing by more than $20 from February 2013, and by more than $30 from March 2012. To [...]

Farmers Market kicks off season with crawfish boil April 6

Farmers Market kicks off season with crawfish boil April 6

The Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market is kicking off its spring/summer 2013 season with a crawfish boil from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 in the parking lot of First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper. The event will take place in conjunction with the market’s first day of the spring/summer season, as a celebration of [...]

Daurie Schwartz with Schwartz Electric checks the wiring on the Cooper Street trestle art after LED bulbs were installed on Cooper-Young’s signature sculpture. The neighborhood is raising funds for the second phase of a project that will install solar panels to generate electricity for the display. Photo by Daniel Scruggs/

Donors light the way for solar trestle art project

Cooper-Young is lighting the way to a greener future as donors and residents organize behind an effort to convert the neighborhood’s signature Cooper Street trestle sculpture to run on solar-powered LED lights. With an estimated $10,000 price tag, it may be the neighborhood’s biggest community project since artist Jill Turman’s massive bridge-mounted architecture was installed [...]

Bright idea leads to sustainable LED bridge lights

Bright idea leads to sustainable LED bridge lights

Motivated Memphian Daniel Atlas is beaming with energy. When he is not saving lives as a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Memphis, he likes to spend his free time daydreaming about possibilities and projects. One day, Dan had a bright idea. Jogging through the neighborhood, he passed under the Trestle Bridge, the iconic [...]

Neighborhood recycling center to see improvements

By Andy Ashby Being green will get a lot cleaner in Cooper-Young as a new partnership takes over the recycling facilities on First Congregational Church’s corner at Cooper and Walker streets. Local nonprofit Project Green Fork and Get Green Recycleworks, a private recycling company, are reorganizing the existing recycling center at First Congo, and will [...]