Certified Gold Green Communities

City of Alpharetta

Recertified December 2014

The City of Alpharetta recertified as a Green Community at the Gold level in 2014, after first certifying at the Silver level in 2009. The city’s sustainability initiatives are implemented through the Alpharetta Green City Program, established by the city council. LEED or EnergyStar certification for all new local government buildings, a green fleet policy, and “green” purchasing policies are among the policies Alpharetta has adopted. Rock Mill Park demonstrates stormwater best management practices and displays environmental education materials throughout the park. The park includes enhanced swales, marsh areas, rain gardens and a green roof pavilion. The city has a number of demonstration projects throughout the city including a green roof at Rock Mill Park, a cool roof at City Hall and rainwater capture and reuse at Webb Bridge Park and other buildings. Alpharetta requires all new construction and major renovation projects to demonstrate how the project will reduce onsite water use by at least 10 percent. The city switched to an electronic plans submission system that provides an online application, plan submittal and review application. In just one year, this paperless process saved more than 10 trees.Other measures include community incentives for green building and WaterSense homes, a commercial recycling requirement, installation of LED bulbs in all traffic signals and a no-idling policy for government vehicles.

Description of Alpharetta's sustainability measures (pdf)​

City of Atlanta

Certified December 2015

The City of Atlanta recertified as an ARC Certified Silver Green Community, after first certifying at the Bronze level in 2009. In 2015, it upgraded its certification to Gold. The City of Atlanta became the first city in the southeast to pass a comprehensive Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance for large commercial buildings and is the first city in the nation to require water audits. All new city-owned buildings greater than 5,000 square feet must be LEED certified, and green buildings are encouraged in affordable housing initiatives through the Home Investment Partnership Program and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The Aircraft Rescue Fire Facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has a 19,000 square foot Energy Star rated cool roof. Signage inside the building educates visitors about cool roofs and their benefits. Eleven fire stations also have had new Energy Star rated cool roofs installed.The city’s telework policy, discounted MARTA cards and participation in ARC’s RideSmart program and the Clean Air Campaign encourage city employees to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips. The Connect Atlanta Plan includes bicycle and pedestrian-friendly policies encourages the construction of sidewalks and a system of bicycle routes. Curbside recycling and yard debris collection are available to residents of single-family homes. The Power to Change Campaign focuses on individual actions such as water and energy conservation, reducing solid waste and emissions and improving the rates of recycling. The Department of Watershed Management updated its Post-Development Stormwater Management Ordinance to promote the use of Green Infrastructure on new and redevelopment projects in the City.

Description of Atlanta's sustainabiliy measures (pdf)

City of Dunwoody

Certified December 2013

The City of Dunwoody earned Gold certification after being recognized as a Silver Green Community in 2011. Since then, the city has completed energy audits on 20 percent of its buildings, with the remaining building audits to be completed within four years. Dunwoody adopted a parks and open space master plan and specifies best management practices for maintaining landscaping. These practices include integrated pest management and the use of drought-tolerate and native plants. The city as designated as a Tree City USA Community in 2012 and has completed a Tree Inventory and Assessment as part of its 2009 Comprehensive Land Use Planning process, which will ensure the proper management and long-term survivability of its tree canopy. Cunwoody has a green fleet policy that gives preference to the purchase of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. The city has stepped up its recycling efforts by hosting drop-off events for electronics and batteries. In addition, all applicants for special events permits must submit a recycling plan with their application. Dunwoody acquired the long-vacant Brook Run Hospital facilities and renovated the greyfield property into Brook Run Park. The hospital’s greenhouse and maintenance barn were rehabilitated by the city and are now used for educational programing and community gardening.

Description of Dunwoody's sustainability measures (pdf)

Gwinnett County

Certified December 2014

Gwinnett County became the first county to earn Gold certification in 2014 after being recognized at the Bronze level in 2010, and Silver level in 2012. Following audits on all of its facilities, the county implemented energy efficiency improvements including lighting upgrades, new HVAC equipment and implementation of energy management policies. Gwinnett's Intelligent Transportation System and Traffic Control Center Master Plan is estimated to improve annual fuel consumption by 7 percent, CO emissions by 17 percent, and VOC emissions by 12 percent. Methane gas produced by anaerobic digesters at the F. Wayne Hill Water Treatment Plant is captured to meet the heating needs of the digestion process and the county installed a Fats Oils Grease/High Strength Waste (FOG/HSW) collection facility to increase gas production, maximize engine use and generate additional power. The LEED certified Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center features high efficiency plumbing fixtures, the largest sloped green roof in the Southeast, and the use of clean, non-potable reuse water for irrigation, flushing toilets, and HVAC system. Books collected at the county's Better World Books bins are donated to literacy programs or resold, while keeping books out of landfills. Recognizing the key benefits offered by shared parking, joint parking, and reduced parking (including limits on the quantity of parking spaces) the county includes requirements for shared and reduced off-street parking in its Unified Development Ordinance.Examples of sustainable county policies include a lights out/power down policy, requirement for new plumbing fixtures to be WaterSense certified, a green fleet policy, and an anti-idling policy for county fleet vehicles.

Description of Gwinnett's sustainability measures (pdf)

City of Roswell

Reertified December 2013

The City of Roswell recertified as a Green Community at the Gold level in 2013, after first certifying at the Silver level in 2009. Roswell's Build Green Incentive Program provides incentives for community green building, affordable/workforce housing green building, WaterSense, and solar installation in one comprehensive resolution. Incentives are not only permit/fee related, but also seek to help market projects via a signage, website and an awards program. An Energy Star partner, Roswell’s Energy Strategy for the Future sets forth the city’s fundamental commitment to protect the environment through the continuous improvement of its energy performance. The city estimates that it saves $62,000 annually from the replacement of traffic signals and school zone flashers with LED bulbs. The city has a no net loss of trees policy, and trees that cannot be replaced onsite will be planted on other government property. The Tree Planting Partnership is a public-private partnership to improve tree canopy and density on public lands. It has resulted in the planting of 816 hardwoods and 4,313 other trees, shrubs and flowers. Roswell offers commute options to staff that include a flexible work arrangements policy provides for telecommuting, compressed work week and flex time. Recycling containers government facilities are located at individual desks and in common areas for traditional and non-traditional recycling. Residents of single-family homes have curbside recycling, and multi-family complexes are required to provide recycling. Roswell’s zoning ordinance provides incentives for mixed use zoning districts and the Midtown Roswell Overlay District.

Description of Roswell's sustainability measures (pdf)​

City of Woodstock

Recertified December 2015

The City of Woodstock recertified as an ARC Certified Gold Green Community, after first certifying at the Bronze level in 2010. Last year Woodstock has been recognized for its Greenprints Project Master Plan, a comprehensive park, trail and open space initiative that establishes a foundation and framework for the creation of a citywide green infrastructure system. Through its Sustainable Woodstock Building Partnership, residential and commercial green building is encouraged by offering reduced development review time and fees for projects that achieve LEED, EarthCraft, Energy Star or WaterSense for New Homes certification or include the installation of a renewable energy project that produces a minimum of 1 kWh. A 6.8kWh solar panel on the council chambers roof generates more than 11 percent of the power needed for the facility. Woodstock is also the first city in Georgia to install a municipally owned, free public charging station for electric vehicles. The city rewrote its parking ordinance to encourage the use of sustainable parking lot best practices. Developers seeking parking spaces over the city’s maximum allowable amount can use one or a combination of environmentally-friendly structures to earn additional parking, while mitigating the impact of the additional spaces. Woodstock offers curbside recycling to all residents. For 3 years in a row, the city has won the Cherokee County Chamber’s Mayor’s Recycling Challenge for the most recyclable materials collected.

Description of Woodstock's sustainability measures (pdf)


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