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Fockele Garden co-owners earn Green Roof Certification
The Fockele Garden Co. co-owners Mark Fockele and Julie Evans have earned Green Roof Professional Certification from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

GRHC is a national organization that is working to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure.

As Green Roof Professionals, Fockele and Evans are certified to coordinate the different areas of a green roof project which includes bringing together engineers, roof contractors and design professionals.

"A Green Roof is extremely beneficial to a home or business owner," Evans said. "It saves on energy costs, provides sound insulation, has aesthetic appeal, and controls stormwater runoff. This is a natural blending of services we already offer for residential and commercial customers."

Green roof infrastructure involves the use of technologies that incorporate drainage/filtering systems, quality waterproofing, root-repellency, engineered growing media and plants.

Based in Gainesville, The Fockele Garden Co. serves clients throughout the Southeast in the maintenance and installation of commercial landscapes and residential gardens. For more information, call 770-532-7117 or visit the company website.

Hackney joins Signs by Tomorrow as specialist
Signs By Tomorrow has added Lauren Hackney as a customer care specialist.

Her position includes working with walk-in customers, customer phone call sign orders, sign quality checks, coordinating sign completion and accounting. She also responds to online sign quote requests at the company website.

Hackney attended Gainesville High School, Gainesville College and graduated from The School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Georgia.