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When the City of Dunwoody incorporated on December 1, 2008, one of the Mayor and Council’s first official actions was to establish a permanent advisory board on sustainability, the Dunwoody Sustainability Committee.  The Committee meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 41 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody, GA 30346.  If you're interested in finding out more about activities or volunteering, contact staff at Rebecca.keefer@dunwoodyga.gov. Contact Committee members at sustainability.committee@dunwoodyga.gov. Like "Sustainable Dunwoody" on facebook for information on upcoming events and tips to save resources and money.

 

Mission

The Sustainability Committee’s mission is to:

Enable smart choices for our community and its residents by promoting, through education, outreach, and awareness efforts, the conservation of energy, water, and fuel; investment in renewable energy; reduction of waste; and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources. To advise and assist the City of Dunwoody to develop sustainable measures, practices, buildings, and fleets that are environmentally, economically, and socially responsible.

 

Living and Learning: Smart Choices for a Smart Community

The Living and Learning program helps to inform community members how they can live more sustainably, saving resources and often money. Living and Learning has quarterly themes with accompanying events such as electronics and household waste recycling. For the first quarter of 2014, we are working on energy & water conservation. Please refer to the Living and Learning page for more information on the upcoming contest, including giveaways to help you save.

 

Sustainability Plan

 

The City of Dunwoody completed the outreach meetings for the sustainability planning process in 2012.  The purpose of the process is to assess the City's current sustainability policies and programs and tie them together to provide a vision for future development and create a framework for long-term sustainability.  Stay tuned as drafts are rolled out for public review.  Visit the Sustainability Plan page for more information. 

 

Green Communities Program

The Green Communities Program is a voluntary certification program to recognize and promote local governments that are leading the way to sustainability by reducing their environmental footprint.  Certification can be achieved by adopting eco-friendly policies and ordinances to minimize environmental impacts of both the City and the community. 

In August 2013, we submitted our Gold Level Green Communities application to the Atlanta Regional Commission.  The Green Communities checklist was submitted full of documentation for each of the measures we addressed.

 

On January 22, 2014, the City of Dunwoody was honored to receive the Green Communities Gold Level Certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission in recognition of its efforts to reduce Dunwoody’s environmental footprint. The sustainable policies and ordinances adopted by City Council have propelled Dunwoody to the Gold Level certification and have impacted all departments of the City. The City officially received the award in a ceremony held that afternoon at the Atlanta Regional Commission offices in Atlanta.

 

In light of this achievement, the Commission continues in its pursuit of reducing Dunwoody’s environmental footprint by adopting policies and practices. 

 

Links of Interest

Agenda and Minutes

Dunwoody Green Market

Grow Dunwoody

Dunwoody Nature Center

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Foodshed Planet