ARC to Recognize Four Cities for Sustainability

ARC Media Advisory:

Who: The Atlanta Regional Commission, the official planning organization for the 10-county Atlanta Region, will recognize four cities for their efforts to implement greener, more sustainable policies and practices. The city of Kennesaw will receive certification for the first time, and the cities of Dunwoody, Norcross and Woodstock are being certified at a higher level after their initial certification last year. All together, 16 communities have earned Green Communities certification since the program began three years ago.

What: ARC’s Green Communities Certification is a voluntary “green” certification program for local governments designed to foster greater environmental stewardship and encourage local governments to demonstrate leadership on environmental sustainability. Certified Green Communities set an example by conserving energy, investing in renewable energy, conserving water, reducing waste and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources. This initiative is the first regional “green” certification program in the country.

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 1 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Regional Commission Board Room, 40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Why: ARC created Green Communities to showcase the ways in which local governments are helping to transform the region by reducing their environmental footprint. The jurisdictions being recognized this week are leading the way to a more sustainable region through their policies and best management practices. They are setting an example for businesses and other organizations that seek to reduce their environmental impacts. More information about the program is available at www.atlantaregional.com/greencommunities.

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