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1/22/2014Dunwoody Earns Gold Level Certification from ARC for Sustainability Efforts

Dunwoody Earns Gold Level Certification from ARC for Sustainability Efforts

Atlanta Regional Commission recognizes Dunwoody for sustainable policies and practices

Dunwoody, GA January 22, 2013 – The City of Dunwoody earned Gold Level certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program for the city’s outstanding sustainable efforts and activities. The regional recognition demonstrates the City of Dunwoody’s commitment and resolve to sustainable practices ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency.

A previous recipient of the Silver Level certification in 2011, Dunwoody earned the Gold Level green community certification after implementing sustainable policies and practices which carried a greater reach and overall impact.

The ARC’s Green Communities Program, developed as a way to assist local governments in reducing their overall environmental impact, is a voluntary certification program for jurisdictions in the 10-county Atlanta Region to encourage local governments to become more sustainable. ARC’s Green Communities program is the first program in the country that seeks to transform a region by promoting sustainability through a “green” certification program for local governments.

“By earning Gold Level certification, Dunwoody leads the way to creating a more sustainable region by reducing our overall environmental footprint,” said Michael G. Davis, City of Dunwoody Mayor. “This distinguished acknowledgment reiterates the city’s dedication to being a meaningful place to live and conduct business which also promotes a greater quality of life for all.”

The Green Communities certification is based on how well local governments implement and carry out sustainable practices and policies across 10 categories: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Green Power, Water Use Reduction and Efficiency, Trees and Greenspace, Transportation, Recycling and Waste Reduction, and Land Use: Education and Innovation. Depending on the level of difficulty and overall impact, local governments can earn points to receive one of three certification levels – Bronze, Silver or Gold.

“The ARC is pleased to recognize the City of Dunwoody as one of its leading Green Communities,” said ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong. “Dunwoody is one of many cities in the region focused on sustainability from an economic, social and environmental perspective.”

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