ARC Accepting Applications for Green Communities Program

ARC is currently accepting applications for its Green Communities Program until the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2013.

Green Communities is a voluntary certification program for jurisdictions in the 10-county Atlanta region is designed to encourage local governments to become more sustainable. Local governments earn points in ten categories by implementing specific policies and practices that contribute to overall sustainability. The categories are:

  • Green Building
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Power
  • Water Use Reduction and Efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Land Use
  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Trees and Greenspace

Green Communities set an example by conserving energy, investing in renewable energy, conserving water, conserving fuel, reducing waste and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources.

Measures are worth 5 or 10 points, depending on their difficulty and overall impact. Three levels of certification are awarded:

  • Level 1 – Bronze: 175-229 points
  • Level 2 – Silver: 230-279 points
  • Level 3 – Gold: 280-405 points

For more information and access to application materials and instructions, visit

After the May 24 deadline, applications will be reviewed by ARC staff through August, and in October an Advisory Review Team will review the applications and provide recommendations. The next class of Certified Green Communities will be announced in late fall 2013.

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