IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN!
January 24, 2018 – The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recognized the City of Suwanee for their efforts to lead the way to a greener Atlanta region by once again recognizing the city as a Green Community. Suwanee was recertified at the bronze level through ARC's Green Communities program for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices.
"We applaud these local governments for reducing their environmental impact," said ARC chairman Kerry Armstrong. "As they do so, they lead the way in creating a greener and more livable region."
The Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. It recognizes a commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in sustainability practices. All winners earned certification points for sustainable measures implemented in their communities. Some measures that earned Suwanee certification points include:
- Offering residents both enjoyment and increased access to pedestrian and bicycle activity via Brushy Creek Greenway Trail, which connects Stonecypher Road and Suwanee Dam Road
- Constructing the first city hall in Georgia to be LEED certified in 2009
- Starting Gwinnett County's first community bike share program. Currently the city has two bike rack locations, and has tracked more than 2,500 trips.
- Hosting Georgia's largest organic community garden as well as a rainwater cistern and a new community orchard
- Encouraging smart growth development by allowing the highest density in the city in Town Center, its downtown. As a result, mixed use developments have increased activity in the area.
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 environmental footprint.
In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments — 13 cities and seven counties – are currently certified under the ARC Green Communities program. This is the first program in the country to promote sustainability through a green certification program for local governments.