The value of patience and persistence is one lesson citizen advocates learned from the state’s decision to grant the headwaters of the Conasauga River, in north Georgia, the highest level of protection available under the federal Clean Water Act.
Georgia has declared the headwaters of the Conasauga River, in north Georgia, as the state’s first “Outstanding National Resource Water.” The designation provides the highest level of protection available under the federal Clean Water Act.
When it comes to the environment, it’s not often for Atlanta to have bragging rights.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city set a goal of 2 million square feet of property committed to reduced energy consumption. The city surpassed that goal. (Photo by Maria Saporta)
But when it comes to the Better Buildings Challenge — a national program to promote energy efficiency — Atlanta ranks No. 1.
Atlanta has outpaced all its other competitors when it comes to cities that have pledged to reduce energy consumption by 2020. Atlanta has more property square footage signed up in the program than any other city.
Mayor Kasim Reed said when they launched the program three years ago, the city set a modest goal of 2 million square feet of property committed to reduced energy consumption. Not only did Atlanta meet that goal – the city exceeded it 50 times over.
And more property owners are signing up every day. MARTA is one of the latest partners — joining dozens of companies and organizations that want greener buildings.
The city of Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress have been leading the initiative. But one organization deserves special mention — Southface.
For about 35 years, the nonprofit has been urging Atlantans to not only build greener buildings but to retrofit existing buildings with more energy- and water-efficient utilities.
In fact, thanks to Southface, Atlanta and Georgia have become national leaders when it comes to LEED-certified buildings. LEED is a national organization that designates how energy-efficient buildings are.
Just recently, Sierra Club magazine credited three Georgia college campuses as being among the greenest in the nation — Emory ranked 28th; Spelman ranked 131st; and West Georgia was 141st.
Not only that, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has partnered with Southface and the Kendeda Fund to offer grants to nonprofits seeking to make their facilities more energy efficient. Again, this has become a national model. It’s a winning program because nonprofits save in utility costs, and our community reduces its carbon footprint.
Atlanta and Georgia often get criticized for urban sprawl and not enough transit and being too dependent on electricity generated from coal.
All the more reason to celebrate when there’s good news to share — such as the Better Buildings Challenge.
As Mayor Reed said at the announcement, now we need to work just as hard to stay No. 1.
Georgia’s population of Northern Bobwhite Quail has declined by 90 percent since 1966, and the state has won national recognition for a program to promote the bird’s recovery – and to stabilize the $125 million quail-hunting industry clustered around Albany.
As President Obama prepares to unveil Monday strong regulations intended to counter climate change and promote solar power, Georgia’s two senators succeeded in passing through committee a bill authorizing oil drilling off Georgia’s coast and for the state to collect revenues from such oil production.
Residents of East Atlanta who helped build a community gathering place found that they built something in addition to a park – a real sense of community. To hear Joe Peery describe it, the community park came together in a fashion similar to the soup in the folktale about stone soup.
Atlanta’s airport plans to hire a company to build and operate a recycling facility that ultimately is to handle 200,000 tons a year of airport waste and yard clippings collected around town, refuse that otherwise would end up in a landfill, according to a bid released Monday.
For any number of reasons, Charleston, S.C. tugs on Atlanta’s heartstrings. Atlanta’s new planning commissioner seems comfortable with this relation, and has devised a deft response to questions about why he left his job as chief planner with the Holy City.
A legal opinion issued by the office of South Carolina’s attorney general presents a new obstacle for a proposed pipeline for petroleum and ethanol to be built along the Savannah River and down the Georgia coast, to Jacksonville, Fla.
Metro Atlanta ranks fourth nationally on a green building adoption index, according to a new report by CBRE that also revealed a slump in the national growth rate of certification for sustainability or energy efficiency in office buildings.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is predicting in a draft report that climate change will eliminate habitat in Georgia for some species by 2050, even as man-made “sprawl zones” create tremendous challenges for other critters and plants.
About 400 paddlers are scheduled to depart Saturday from the Statesboro area in the 11th annual Paddle Georgia fundraising event, and their route will take them down a waterway where environmentalists won a major victory.
Beach season alert: The persistence of marine debris, carried by enormous ocean currents, inspired the provocative sculptures and assemblages at the odd museum in CDC headquarters. If you swim in the ocean or admire its immense power, seek out “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” before it closes June 16 at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. GSU distinguished art professor Pam Longobardi fashioned a giant cornucopia titled “Dark and Plentiful Bounty,” the largest and most complex sculpture of her career. It features only a fraction of the tons of trash gathered from remote inlets in Alaska—garbage that became the palette for the 25 artists in this exhibit.