Recertified December 2013
Cobb County recertified as an ARC Certified Silver Green Community, after first certtifying in July 2009. Cobb County adopted a Sustainable Practices Policy that incorporates a variety of sustainability measures such as LEED or EnergyStar certification for all new local government buildings, a green fleet policy and the use of organic and drought-tolerant landscaping practices. The county adopted a comprehensive environmental purchasing policy that gives preference to environmentally friendly products and services and considers life-cycle costs when the county makes purchases. The county also remediated a brownfield site at an old Kroger shopping center and located the West Park Government Center at the site. Other notable measures implemented by Cobb County are the replacement of older plumbing fixtures with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures in all county buildings, alternative fueling stations for government vehicles, the implementation of a Smart Corridor system and the adoption of a complete streets policy. The county developed the PEACH Roads certification program to help recognize and integrate sustainability principles into transportation projects. Cobb's Green Schools program represent more than 3,710 hours of environmental education, reaching more than 13,500 students.
Description of Cobb's County's sustainabiliy measures (pdf)
Certified December 2014
In 2009, DeKalb County was one of the first communities to be certified as a Green Community at the Bronze level. The county raised its commitment to being green in 2014 when it was certified as a Green Community at the Silver level.The county's Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Courthouse is LEED-certified and has an Energy Star rated cool roof. Energy performance contracts on more than 150 government facilities have reduced costs by an estimated $1.5 million annually. DeKalb's lights out/power down policy ensures all non-emergency building lighting and electronic equipment are turned off when not in use and at the end of the work day. Its Green Energy Facility at Seminole Road Landfill is the first local government in the U.S. to capture methane landfill gas to produce electricity, natural gas, and compressed natural gas (CNG) at a single landfill. The county’s green fleet policy encourages the purchase of hybrid, fuel-efficient and low emission vehicles. The county contains an estimated 10,350 acres of permanently protected greenspace, which equates to approximately 20 acres of greenspace per 1,000 residents. DeKalb became the first jurisdiction in Georgia to adopt an ordinance that requires structures built prior to 1993 to replace inefficient plumbing fixtures with low-flow plumbing fixtures prior to obtaining new water service after the sale of a property. An ozone system at the county jail which converts oxygen to ozone, significantly reduces the need for hot water, detergent and rinse cycles in the laundry. It has resulted in more than $25,000 in energy savings annually.
Description of DeKalb's sustainability measures (pdf)
City of Douglasville
Recertified December 2016
The City of Douglasville was first certified as a Green Community at the Bronze level in 2012. In 2016, it raised its commitment to being green by recertifying at the Silver level. All new city-owned buildings greater than 5,000 square feet must be LEED certified, and the Douglasville Public Safety and Municipal Court Complex has achieved LEED Silver certification. The city has retrofitted all 85 traffic signals with new LED signal light inserts that use substantially less power than conventional incandescent bulbs and have a longer effective life. Captured rainwater and supplemental well water are stored in irrigation ponds and is used to water landscaping at Hunter Park and West Pines Golf Club, reducing the need for potable water. Douglasville has partnered with local growers and artisans to establish the Main Street Farmer’s Market. Curbside recycling and yard debris collection are available to residents of single-family homes. Businesses in the Historic Downtown District are also offered curbside recycling services. The city has renovated and adapted several old buildings for government use – an old seed factory is now a successful conference center and City Hall is located in a building that was once a movie theater. Douglasville City Council meetings have gone paperless, saving the equivalent of 25 trees each year and reducing the use of other natural resources needed to produce paper, such as water and energy.
Description of Douglasville's sustainability measures (pdf)