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ARC platinum green communities 1.28.15This week, the City of Decatur was one of seven local governments to be recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.   The city became the first jurisdiction in the 10-county region to achieve Platinum level as a Certified Green Community, the highest certification level. Representatives from the city received its award at ARC’s January board meeting.  ARC recognized the City of Decatur, along with two other cities – Alpharetta and Sandy Springs, and Cherokee, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, which either renewed or upgraded certification in ARC’s five-year-old Green Communities program.

Commenting on Wednesday’s presentation, ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong said, “The seven local governments the Atlanta Regional Commission recognized today are working hard to use resources wisely and well, and I commend them for their achievements. Their efforts are contributing to cleaner air, reduced water demand, less waste going into landfills and more. As a result, we have a cleaner, greener region.”

After first achieving Green Communities certification at the Bronze level in 2009, and upgrading to the Gold level in 2010, the City of Decatur has renewed its certification at the Platinum level this year, the first local government to reach the highest achievement possible. Some of the actions Decatur took to become certified include:

  • Developing an Environmental Sustainability Plan as direct response to a charge from the people of the city seeking to become even more environmentally responsible. The plan outlines goals and strategies that the city and community should take to deepen their commitment to serving as good stewards of the environment and resources.
  • Expanding the Safe Routes to School program to include all eligible elementary and middle schools in the City Schools of Decatur system along with College Heights Preschool and two private schools. An average of 55 percent of students participate in International Walk and Roll to School Day each year.
  • Committing to building LEED certified facilities, the latest of which, Fire Station No. 1, is on course to obtain LEED Platinum. Sustainable technologies include high efficiency equipment and lighting, green roof garden, a geothermal vertical-closed loop heat pump system, solar water heating, rainwater harvesting and greywater reclamation. The building is designed to achieve a 33 percent reduction in energy consumption and in water usage.
  • Supporting several community gardens with financial and in-kind support. At Decatur’s Kitchen Garden, more than 30 refugee families grow hundreds of pounds of fresh food each season, combating hunger that their families and neighbors face. The produce is also sold at the Decatur Farmers Market and a number of Decatur restaurants.

ARC developed the Green Communities Program to foster greater environmental stewardship and to recognize local governments that invest in programs leading to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the ways in which local governments are helping to transform the region by reducing their environmental footprint. Since 2009, 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county region have been certified. Cities and counties earn Green Communities certification by implementing practices and policies in 10 categories, ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency. ARC’s Green Communities program was the first program in the country seeking to transform a region by promoting sustainability through a “green” certification program for local governments.

Complete information about ARC’s Green Communities Certification Program, including the measures each community has implemented, is available on the agency’s website.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 69 other cities.  The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

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Living Beyond Expectations

Thursday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.

Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Lifelong Decatur’s Third Thursday series presents Kathryn Lawler, Aging and Health Resources Manager at Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). She will discuss the ARC “Living Beyond Expectations” campaign to raise awareness about increased longevity and the resources to support an aging population.

ARC provides guidance to Lifelong Community (LLC) initiatives in Decatur and throughout metro Atlanta. More information about the ARC “Living Beyond Expectations” campaign and additional June events is available online or by calling 404-463-3239.

For  information about the Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday Series or to suggest a future topic, contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community Coordinator, leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

For resources on services for senior citizens, caregivers and persons with disabilities, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Age Wise Connection from a certified referral counselor at 404-463-3333 or www.agewiseconnection.com

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Decatur’s Lifelong Community Coordinator Lee Ann Harvey shares the following: 

Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board is excited to pass along information about the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) “Living Beyond Expectations” campaign. A 30-minute video of a PBA 30 (PBS) broadcast that aired last week is available here. This is a wonderful way to learn about a Lifelong Community and how it makes us a better community by helping residents age successfully in the city that they love. The broadcast features Kathryn Lawler, Manager of Aging and Health Resources, Atlanta Regional Commission, and Monica Pearson, retired news anchor, WSB-TV. Find out how the bubble of Baby Boomers reaching 65 and their increased life expectancy will affect how you and the community cope with living beyond expectations and how to prepare for it.

This broadcast kicks of the ARC’s efforts to bring together people of all ages in order to plan for the future. PBA 30 will continue to spotlight this effort by broadcasting a series of positive aging vignettes over the next six months.

The City of Decatur's Lifelong Community Advisory Board

The City of Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board

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