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(ATLANTA, January 22, 2020) The Atlanta Regional Commission announced today that the cities
of Dunwoody, Peachtree Corners, Sandy Springs and Woodstock have been certified through
the agency’s Green Communities Program for demonstrating leadership in sustainability
ARC developed the Green Communities Program in 2009 to recognize local governments that
invest in programs and policies that lead to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the many ways that local governments can reduce their
The 2019 Green Communities honorees achieved the following certification levels:
• City of Woodstock – Recertified Gold
• City of Dunwoody – Upgraded to Gold
• City of Sandy Springs – Upgraded to Gold
• City of Peachtree Corners – Recertified Bronze
All winners earned certification points for sustainable measures implemented in their
communities. Examples of measures that were awarded certification points include:
• City of Woodstock – Built more than 12 miles of a planned 77-mile network of multiuse-trails throughout the city through its Greenprints Plan.
• City of Dunwoody – Installed a cool roofing system on City Hall to reflect solar energy
away from the building, making it easier to maintain internal temperature and reduce
• City of Sandy Springs – Cleaned up a formerly contaminated, low-density commercial
business site and transformed it into a healthy, thriving downtown destination for
residents to live, work, and play.
• City of Peachtree Corners – Provided single-stream, curbside recycling to all residents
and hosted an annual electronic waste disposal events for residents to safely and
properly dispose of electronic appliances and devise.
Together, the efforts of these four communities have had the following cumulative impact over
the past four years:
• Saved over 80,000kWh/year in energy, resulting in approximately $554,000 in energy
• 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 locations, greyfields or brownfields rather than
disturbing undeveloped land
In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments — 13 cities and seven counties — are currently certified
under ARC’s Green Communities program. This is the first program in the country to promote
sustainability through a green certification program for local governments.
“These local governments are to be commended for showing an ongoing commitment to
conserving energy and protecting our natural resources,” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC board
chairman. “Their efforts set a positive example for other communities while fostering a sense of
More information about ARC’s Green Communities certification program is available at
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 73 other cities. ARC serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention
and planning resources on key regional issues.