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Accomplishments - Sustainable Atlanta

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									Accomplishments
Initial Phase of Initiative Completed
This phase examined Atlanta’s current city government operations and explored opportunities
to implement environmental, socially equitable and economically sustainable strategies to
make Atlanta a best in class city. This phase concluded with the establishment of the Division
of Sustainability.

Ongoing progress
Sustainable Atlanta continues to focus on implementing best in class strategies by connecting
businesses, organizations, institutions and residents to develop ecological solutions. This
addresses the challenges and opportunities inherent to the relationship between people, planet
and profit.

2009 Sustainability Report
In March of 2009, Sustainable Atlanta published the first Sustainability Report for Atlanta
benchmarking the City’s path towards sustainability. It engages stakeholders in conversation
surrounding Sustainable Atlanta’s successes, current initiatives and future strategies, and places
issues such as water, energy, transportation, climate change, and green space under the
umbrella of sustainability. The report also highlights the leading organizations in each
environmental medium and the role of the City of Atlanta in leading by example. One of the
most important data points in the report is the carbon footprint of Atlanta’s city government’s
operations. The footprint was calculated through the work of Georgia Tech and the City’s
Sustainability Division.

City of Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance (ASBO)
Focuses on the environmental impact of the built environment by updating Atlanta’s building
code as it applies to all new commercial buildings, major renovations, and multifamily
residential buildings over three stories. The process of developing the ordinance engaged
hundreds of Atlantans and served as a conduit for raising awareness for both the value and
need for green buildings in Atlanta. The Ordinance’s core focus lies in protecting the health and
welfare of Atlantans, in addition to preserving the economic, social and environmental
competitiveness of the city. All parties involved in the discussion around the ASBO publicly
recognized that the ordinance was technically sound.

Established Recycling and Materials Management Task Force
In 2009, Sustainable Atlanta convened a stakeholder group made up of a diverse group of
leaders from many industries. This group helped Sustainable Atlanta to draft nine policy
recommendations aimed at increasing the amount of commercially viable, recoverable
resources going to the most beneficial end markets, while encouraging development of new
markets. These nine policy recommendations will play a vital role as the Sustainability Division
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and the Department of Public Works develop a zero waste strategy for the city as a part of the
City’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

Established Energy Task Force
In October 2009, Sustainable Atlanta launched its Energy Task Force to drive Atlanta’s progress
towards a sustainable energy future. The workgroup has collaborated with the City of Atlanta’s
Office of Sustainability to support their ongoing efforts and to expand the scope of their
influence. As of February 2010, the Sustainable Atlanta Energy Work Group produced its initial
draft of preliminary program and policy recommendations. In March 2010, the Energy Task
Force held a broad community stakeholder meeting to evaluate the recommendations of the
Work Group and to identify additional opportunities and community resources to support the
administration in implementing the recommendations of the Task Force. Based upon the
recommendation of the Energy Work Group, Sustainable Atlanta is developing an energy plan
for Atlanta in partnership with the City of Atlanta Division of Sustainability, and evaluating the
feasibility of intermodal fueling stations in Atlanta.


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