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Shaw Receives 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Awards

Award winning EcoWorx carpet from Shaw IndustriesCompany Recognized With Market Transformation Leadership Award and Supplier Leadership Award for its EcoWorx Carpet Tile

On Tuesday, May 9th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) recognized ten organizations and one individual for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing movement, a growing trend in which organizations are using their purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.


Decatur Proclaims Solar Avenue for Earth Day

Solar Avenue in DecaturSolarize Decatur-DeKalb Reaches Residential Solar Milestone

Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur, Georgia proclaimed that Third Avenue will be named Solar Avenue in honor of Earth Day. Third Avenue had ten neighbors purchase solar through the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb program. With one extra neighbor purchasing solar earlier, that means the highest concentration of homes with solar in Decatur is on Third Avenue.


Partnership for Southern Equity Receives $1 Million Grant

Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern EquityThe MacArthur Foundation awards Atlanta equity non-profit funds to “encourage public discourse and support leadership on climate solutions” as a part of a $19 million national effort

The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) was recently awarded its largest single grant in its history – $1 million from the MacArthur Foundation to support its equity work throughout Georgia, to empower vulnerable populations and communities of color most affected by climate change. PSE is the only organization with this focus to receive this level of investment from the Foundation.  


City of Atlanta Expands Relay Bike Share Program

Relay Bike Share in Atlanta ExpandsMayor Kasim Reed announced that the City of Atlanta’s bicycle share program, Relay, has expanded from 100 bikes at 22 stations to 500 bikes at 65 locations throughout the city. The announcement was made during a community event at Piedmont Park, and was followed by a bike ride with Mayor Reed, city officials, business leaders and community members. During the event, Mayor Reed was joined by Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane, Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz, CycleHop Chief Executive Officer Josh Squire, Georgia’s Own Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Preter and Principal Experience Officer Adam Marlowe, and Relay Bike Share Champion and Adair Park resident, Ambar Johnson. Frank Ski of V-103 served as the emcee for the event. “I am proud to announce the expansion of the bike share program today, and to offer this convenient and affordable transportation option throughout the city,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “My Administration made a commitment to be a top U.S. bicycle city, and today we are being recognized as such. More than 3,000 people have taken 8,000 trips on Relay bicycles since the program launched. Now more than ever, residents and visitors are navigating our wonderful city on bicycles, on foot and using public transit.”


City of Atlanta Passes 100% Clean Energy Resolution

Atlanta Becomes the Largest City in the Southeast with 100% goal

The Atlanta City Council passed a resolution that commits the city to generating 100 percent of the electricity consumed in the City through renewable energy resources and associated technologies by 2035. The City’s own facilities would need to be powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2025. Atlanta is now the largest city in the southeast with a 100% clean electricity goal, St. Petersburg, FL is the only other city in the southeast with a similar goal.  The resolution passed unanimously.


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