DUNWOODY, Ga. — The City of Dunwoody was recently upgraded to the gold level under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program, demonstrating the city’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The Green Communities Program is a voluntary certification effort that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. Dunwoody had previously been recognized at the silver level, and is now one of eight cities at the gold level.

“These local governments are to be commended for showing an ongoing commitment to conserving energy and protecting our natural resources,” ARC Chair Kerry Armstrong said. “Their efforts set a positive example for other communities while fostering a sense of regional pride.”

Measures that earned Dunwoody certification points include:

  • Installing a bioswale at Dunwoody Nature Center to handle stormwater runoff and educate residents about the function and purpose of green infrastructure
  • Supporting the city’s resident-led Sustainability Committee in implementing its Sustainability Plan and providing monthly meeting space
  • Installing bike racks at 18 community and school properties
  • Developing Dunwoody Green

“We’ve worked hard for this designation and appreciate the recognition by the ARC,” Dunwoody Community Development Director Richard McLeod said. “We look forward to finding new ways to demonstrate environmental stewardship.”

In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments — 13 cities and seven counties — are currently certified under ARC’s Green Communities Program. ARC developed the initiative in 2009 to recognize local governments that invest in programs and policies that lead to a more sustainable region.

Dunwoody is one of four communities to be certified through the Green Communities Program this year, along with Peachtree Corners, Sandy Springs and Woodstock. Together, the efforts of these four communities have had the following cumulative impact over the past four years:

  • Saved over 80,000 kilowatts per year in energy, resulting in approximately $554,000 in energy savings
  • Added 147 acres of protected greenspace
  • Planted 625 trees on government property to replace those lost during development
  • Installed 11 electric vehicle charging stations at community facilities
  • Collected approximately 150 tons of household hazardous waste for proper disposal, including electronics, batteries, textiles and more
  • Located six government buildings at infill or underdeveloped locations rather than disturbing undeveloped land

More information about ARC’s Green Communities certification program is available at atlantaregional.org/greencommunities.

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