Dunwoody was upgraded as a Gold Certified Green Community while the county was recertified as a Bronze Certified Green Community at ARC’s January Board meeting. The meeting was followed by a reception where jurisdiction representatives and ARC Board members discussed the progressive initiatives undertaken to receive certification.
ARC recognized the cities of Roswell, Atlanta, Dunwoody, and Suwanee, along with three counties - Cobb, Douglas and DeKalb, which either renewed or upgraded certification in ARC’s four-year-old Green Communities program.
Commenting on the presentation, ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong said, “The seven local governments the Atlanta Regional Commission recognized today are working hard to use resources wisely and well, and I commend them for their achievements. Their efforts are contributing to cleaner air, reduced water demand, less waste going into landfills and more. As a result, we have a cleaner, greener region."
ARC developed the Green Communities Program to foster greater environmental stewardship and to recognize local governments that invest in programs leading to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the ways in which local governments are helping to transform the region by reducing their environmental footprint.
Since 2009, 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county region have been certified. Cities
and counties earn Green Communities certification by implementing
practices and policies in 10 categories, ranging from energy efficiency
and green building to transportation and water efficiency. ARC’s Green
Communities program was the first program in the country seeking to
transform a region by promoting sustainability through a “green”
certification program for local governments.