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Roswell Named Green Community

The City of Roswell has once again demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and has achieved recertification as a Green Community at the Gold level.

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. It recognizes their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices.

All winners earned certification points for sustainable measures implemented in their communities. Some measures that earned Roswell certification points include:

  • Installing Advanced Metering Infrastructure meters that provide water usage data by the hour, assist the utility with leak identification, and allow for water conservation and better customer relations with the utility
  • Making recycling a priority by collecting an average of 8,300 tons of recyclable materials each year
  • Installing permeable pavers on a road in the Hog Waller Creek watershed. The pavers treat storm water and offer flood protection, while serving as an example of the benefits of green infrastructure.
  • Maintaining and expanding the Historic Roswell District since its adoption in 1971
  • Improving riding conditions for cyclists by installing Georgia’s first “bike box,” a designated area in a traffic lane that that increases the visibility of cyclists
  • Using repurposed materials for the pavilion furniture and walkway path in the city’s Serenity Garden, which offers greenspace for residents to enjoy

In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments -- 13 cities and seven counties -- are currently certified under the ARC Green Communities program. This is the first program in the country to promote sustainability through a green certification program for local governments.

“We applaud these local governments for reducing their environmental impact,” said ARC chairman Kerry Armstrong. “As they do so, they lead the way in creating a greener and more livable region.”

ARC developed the Green Communities Program in 2009 to recognize local governments that invest in programs and policies that lead to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the many ways that local governments can reduce their environmental footprint.

Together, the green efforts of these local governments have had the following cumulative impact over the past four years:

--3.7 million gallons of water saved or reused
--381 additional acres of greenspace
--19,100 tons of household hazardous waste collected
--More than $1.4 million in utility savings
--19,700,000 kWh of energy saved

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