Entries by David Pendered

Georgia making progress on reducing air pollution, EPA advises Gov. Deal

Georgia is making headway with its efforts to reduce air pollution. Seven counties in metro Atlanta are the only ones that don’t meet federal air quality standards for ozone and they are expected to come into compliance without additional controls, according to a statement released Wednesday by state environmental officials.

More than 860,000 poor persons in metro Atlanta at risk from air pollution, says ALA report

Being in a state of poverty is a major risk factor for health issues caused by air pollution in metro Atlanta. For one type of pollution, more poor people are at risk from pollution than are the elderly, or those with diabetes or those with cardiovascular disease, according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

Atlanta makes progress with installation of solar panels at homes, city-owned buildings

John Rutherford Seydel, an environmental advocate and Atlanta’s sustainability director, is among those who are talking up Atlanta’s program to install solar panels on homes. Meantime, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined in the launch of the city’s effort to install solar panels on 24 city-owned buildings.

Commute option incentive begins in May, as report shows metro Atlanta’s air quality worsens

A new incentive program intended to get cars off the road for a week is slated to begin in mid-May. This program comes on the heels of a national report by the American Lung Association that shows metro Atlanta ranks among the 25 most polluted cities; the ALA report also takes aim at some of the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

Atlanta’s Vine City Park to be renamed to honor past community leaders

In 2017, the Rev. Darrion Fletcher died during his campaign for the Atlanta City Council post held by Ivory Lee Young, Jr. On Tuesday, Young continued his effort to honor Fletcher by naming a playing field for him in Vine City Park. Young also proposes to rename the entire park for a well-regarded urban planner, June Mundy.