Georgia’s efforts to protect endangered plants has been recognized by a national organization, which comes as good news at a time the state is implementing its latest five-year plan to protect plants and animals.
By Guest Columnist MARILYN A. BROWN, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy whose research focuses on energy, climate and environmental policy
In a year marked by ever deepening political divides, an unlikely consensus has formed between Georgia regulators and environmental advocates: energy bills must remain affordable as we transition to a low-carbon economy. My research on sustainable energy policies and the electric utility industry demonstrates that we can best achieve this result by using innovative tools already available to us.
GRTA is implementing its long-studied plans to improve service on every route of its Xpress Commuter Coach Service and has posted staff throughout Downtown Atlanta and Midtown to help passengers adjust to changes in the locations of bus stops.
The way Becky Kelley sees it, Georgia’s new proposed statewide recreation plan aims to serve a vast majority Georgians who want to relax or play public parks. And a new mapping feature provides pinpoint accuracy in locating a park and its amenities.
A new chapter is about to begin in the process of deepening the Savannah Harbor to accommodate massive ships that are arriving from the expanded Panama Canal. It involves updating the maps of shoals that are based on data collected before World War II.
Atlanta is moving forward with a long-awaited plan to provide property owners with 100 percent financing to install renewable energy and energy efficiency products. The loans are to be repaid over an extended period with property taxes.
Plans to connect Buckhead with an urban wilderness stretching east to Emory University and beyond got a big boost in the form of a $500,000 pledge from the Kendeda Fund to the South Fork Conservancy, the non-profit conservancy announced Friday.
Georgia State University plans to restore Hurt Park in downtown Atlanta, an historic greenspace that was opened in 1940 and later heralded as a major accomplishment in the first administration of legendary Mayor William B. Hartsfield.
MARTA intends to replace all of its train cars by 2026 and has asked vendors to provide information on both new cars and the best way to extend the life of the existing fleet until the new vehicles arrive, according to bid solicitations that are due Aug. 30.
By Guest Columnist KATHERYN KOLB, director of EcoAddendum, which raises awareness of Georgia’s natural environment
The greater metropolitan area of Atlanta was predominantly old growth forest less than 20 decades ago. For those of us who have lived a few decades, this seems perhaps not such a long time. For trees and forests and ecosystems, whose maturity is measured in centuries rather than decades, it is but the blink of an eye.
By Guest Columnist BEN FOSTER,membership and campaigns manager for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
You may know Atlanta as the “City in a Forest,” but to NiAya El Jamah and many others who bike in the city, Atlanta might as well be called the “City of 100 Hills.” That’s one reason why the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is working to connect the city’s ridgelines (Peachtree Street) and rail lines (Lee Street and DeKalb Avenue) with protected bike lanes to make it easier and safer to bike.
A day before U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson, ranked No. 2 in the world, said he won’t play in the Rio Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, an Emory University scientist said risk of the disease is low during the games.
MARTA is expanding its sustainability program and on Friday received proposals from seven companies vying for a contract to recommend and implement steps the transit system can take to further reduce its usage of water and electricity.
The Port of Savannah on Wednesday received a $44 million federal grant to expand rail access to and from the port. The funding promotes an objective to get trains in and out of the port more quickly, increasing Savannah’s competitive edge over other seaports.
Kishia L. Powell doesn’t officially have the job as Atlanta’s watershed commissioner, but she’s hit the ground running and on Wednesday is to join Mayor Kasim Reed in celebrating a milestone in developing a reservoir at the old Bellwood Quarry.