The city of Dunwoody recently made a new commitment to protect and preserve Georgia’s environment by joining the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Sustainability Division’s Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. Over the next three years, the city of Dunwoody has committed to:
• Establish goals and action plans for reducing impacts for at least two priority areas.
• Ensure that baseline, goals and progress posted in a prominent location in your organization/facility.
• Establish an employee environmental education/training program.
• Ensure that an annual performance report documenting progress is submitted to PSG annually.
The city joined approximately 275 other organizations across the state that have already committed to environmental leadership through the program including other local governments such as the city of Atlanta, the city of Alpharetta, Bartow County, Chatham County, Tybee Island and the city of Savannah.
“PSG Partners lead the way in implementing sound environmental practices, while recognizing that what’s good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line,” said Suzanne Burnes, Georgia DNR Sustainability Division’s assistant director. “The strong response from the business community underscores the value of performance-based programs such as ours.”
“This new partnership with DNR’s Sustainable Georgia will further enhance our work for environmental efficiency,” said Rebecca Keefer, a planning coordinator for Dunwoody. “The city of Dunwoody has already been actively pursuing the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Certification, and we were just awarded bronze certification. The accomplishment was due, in a large part, because of the work of the Dunwoody’s Sustainability Commission. The commission is made up of 14 members of the community appointed by the mayor and city council to serve and promote the city’s sustainability efforts.”
About the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia:
The Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia is free and open to any business or organization that operates in Georgia. The Partnership offers a variety of incentives, including cost savings through increased efficiencies, potential regulatory flexibility, free technical assistance and training, and access to networking and mentoring among peers, state and local officials. The Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia was established to foster environmental leadership and recognize superior environmental performance. The Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia offers four levels of participation for organizations throughout the state: Champion, Bronze, Silver and the highest achievement level, Gold. The entry level for each business or organization is based on initiatives already in place as well as the goals that they intend to achieve while members of the Partnership. The city of Dunwoody is entered at the bronze level.
About the Sustainability Division:
The Sustainability Division is a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since 1993, the division has provided free and confidential assistance in the areas of water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, by-product reuse, and recycling. To find out more about the Sustainability Division or the Partnership program, call 404-651-5120 or visit www.GAsustainability .org.
The public is invited to attend Dunwoody Sustainability Commission meetings and input is invited at the end of each meeting. The commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:45 AM in the city council chambers, 41 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody, Ga. 30346. The commission members are appointed by the Dunwoody City Council. For more information about the Sustainability Commission, visit www.dunwoodyga.gov.