Solar power, Vidalia

Energy efficiency, Clean Power Plan would cut consumer costs, reduce use of dirty fuel

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.

Doll's Eyes, kathryn kolb

Old growth forests – in the city?

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.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition envisions a future for Midtown where bicycling is a pleasant and safe experience. Credit: Atlanta Bicycle Coalitipon

Midtown Alliance to weigh in on protected bike lanes on Peachtree Street

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.