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DeKalb County Creates Stormwater Patch

DeKalb County and the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta partnered to create a stormwater patch. The new patch was created to help Girl Scouts learn about the important role citizens play in keeping county streams and rivers healthy and clean.

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Atlanta No. 3 in CBRE’S Green Building Adoption Index Study

Green Building Adoption Index Shows More “Green” in Cities with Benchmarking Laws

After placing fifth last year, Atlanta has claimed the No. 3 spot on the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University. Fifty-five percent of Atlanta’s office space is green certified, and the market’s buildings performed especially well in Energy Star, with 24.4 percent of all buildings labeled, the second highest market total in the study, behind only Manhattan and nearly double the national average.

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Atlanta Based Non-profit Wins Equator Prize 2017

The Alliance for International Reforestation, or The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners announced the winners of the Equator Prize 2017, recognizing 15 local and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The winning organizations, which showcase innovative solutions for tackling poverty, environment, and climate challenges, will be honored at a celebratory gala in New York on September 17, 2017.

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City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority awarded $11.5 million loan for land conservation project

Conservation project qualifies for interest rate reduction

The City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority was awarded an $11,452,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee.

The loan will finance the acquisition of 22.08 acres of land as part of the United Methodist Children’s Home land purchase of 77 total acres. This project will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation.  

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Fulton County Seeking Nominations for Environmental Leaders

Fulton County is accepting nominations for the September Awards Ceremony

Fulton County is accepting nominations for the September Awards Ceremony

The Fulton County Commission on the Environment (FCCCE) is a citizen environmental advisory group appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the FCCCE is to investigate environmental concerns; to make recommendations to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners on environmental policies; and to increase public awareness, understanding and involvement concerning environmental issues.

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Five Nature-Inspired Climate Change Solutions Advance to Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Biomimicry Global Design ChallengeWinners announced for a biomimicry innovation challenge that seeks solutions to climate change

Five teams of entrepreneurs from around the world have been chosen to participate in the newest cohort of the world’s only business accelerator program dedicated to bringing nature-inspired solutions to market.
 
Over 100 teams entered the 2017 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, answering the call to apply biomimicry, or nature-inspired design, to develop solutions to reverse or adapt to climate change. In the open category, winning teams have been chosen to receive a cash prize and an invitation to enter the 2017-18 Biomimicry Accelerator, which culminates in the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize™. Their solutions include a reforestation system inspired by winged seeds, bromeliads, and forest leaf litter, a device inspired by baleen whales and African violet leaves that collects fine particulate matter in dense urban environments, and a circulatory system-inspired heating and cooling system. A full list of the winners can be found here.

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