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Three Georgia Communities Recognized for Leading the Way in Sustainability

Atlanta, GA – The cities of Norcross, Douglasville and Milton were recently recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for leading the way to a greener region.

The communities were certified through ARC’s Green Communities program for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices.

“These local governments are to be commended for making their communities more livable and sustainable places,” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC chairman. “Their efforts to conserve energy, reduce waste and protect natural resources set an example for the entire region.”

ARC developed the Green Communities program in 2009 to recognize local governments that invest in programs and policies that lead to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the many ways that local governments can reduce their environmental footprint.

The City of Norcross promotes smart growth through its Conservation Subdivision Ordinance and its Livable Centers Initiative plans. The city was also recognized for building the Norcross Community Garden at Discovery Garden Park, providing community access to raised gardening beds, cooking equipment, a community pavilion and educational materials.

The City of Douglasville uses captured rainwater and supplemental well water for irrigation at Hunter Park and West Pines Golf Club, saving more than 30 million gallons of potable water each year.

The City of Milton is one of only three cities in Georgia certified as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat. A leader among its peers, the city has worked with residents to improve the well-being of both wildlife and the community.

These three local governments have had the following cumulative impact during the past four years:
  • 39 tons of household hazardous waste collected
  • 128 million gallons of water saved or reused
  • 107 additional acres of protected greenspace
  • 62 metric tons of reduced emissions
  • 243,000 kWh of energy saved
Since 2009, 19 jurisdictions in the 10-county metro Atlanta region have become certified Green Communities, earning points toward 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.

For additional information:
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) - Certified Green Communities program
Press Release: ARC honors Norcross for its commitment to sustainability
2017 Green Communities Videos: Douglasville   Norcross
ARC Sustainable connections Internship Program
City of Norcross:  Pam Ledbetter, Communications,
City of Douglasville:  Jonathan Lynn, Community and Development Services Director,
City of Milton:  Shannon Ferguson, Communications Manager,

For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) site and C4S Toolkit.