DeKalb County awarded “Green Community” designation by the Atlanta Regional Commission!

Earlier this month, DeKalb County joined the City of Decatur as one of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities. What does this mean for one of metro Atlanta’s biggest counties? This designation recognizes DeKalb County’s efforts to become more environmentally sustainable and sets the county as an example for other local governments to follow suite. DeKalb is one of only six counties and three cities in the state of Georgia to be tapped by the Atlanta Regional Commission in earning this bronze certification.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis stated:

We are working to clean up brownfields and underutilized shopping centers; we have placed a priority on transit-oriented and mixed-use communities that reduce traffic and promote affordable housing options; we are developing incentives to create new green communities; and we are focused on maintaining our long-term commitment to sustainability.

Local environmental organization, Southest Green, went into more detail on what the Atlanta Regional Commission took into consideration for DeKalb’s Green Community:

Communities are judged in 10 categories—green building, energy efficiency, green power, water use reduction and efficiency, trees and greenspace, transportation, recycling and water reduction, land use, education, and innovation—and earn points based on the difficulty and overall impact of the sustainability effort.

DeKalb is certified at the bronze level for its green projects and programs including the Gregory Adams Juvenile Justice Center, which is the county’s first LEED certified building and the state’s first LEED certified courthouse; Seminole Landfill’s conversion of methane gas to electricity; and the county’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Lights Out/Power Down policies.

Read more on Southeast Green’s website here!

And find out more about the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities and how your local government can apply for consideration!

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