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Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission Recognized Nationally for Making the City of Atlanta Cleaner and Greener

The City of Atlanta announced that the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission, a division of the Department of Public Works and a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, received the President’s Circle Award at the recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes certified Keep America Beautiful affiliates committed to ending littering, improving recycling and beautifying their local community. In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission met Keep America Beautiful’ s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, an index which visually assesses overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned or junk vehicles, and outside storage. In addition, the Commission conducted a cost/benefit analysis which measured the organization’s ability to leverage community resources to beautify Atlanta. The Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission also formed a coalition of community organization committed to the mission, conducted community cleanups and hosted scrap tire drives.

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Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Planning and Community Development Launch Comprehensive Transportation Planning Initiative

The Department of Planning and Community Development announced that it will launch a comprehensive transportation planning initiative. The initiative will update the city’s existing Comprehensive Transportation Plan, serve as a critical element of the Atlanta City Design Project, reframe transportation policies and identify recommendations for future transportation investment. The Comprehensive Transportation Plan kickoff community meeting took place on Thursday, February 16 at Atlanta City Hall. At the meeting, Mayor Reed and Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane will invite residents to provide ideas.

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Atlanta to allocate $4.5 million to improve Proctor Creek, build trails

This beaver dam across Proctor Creek, at a site downstream of the bridge at James Jackson Parkway, exemplifies the type of habitat to be restored File/Credit: Alan Cressler via FlickrThe City of Atlanta will allocate $3 million of a $4.5 million Proctor Creek fund to build a seven-mile bicycle and pedestrian and bicycle trail, according to an announcement by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, the city’s chief resilience officer at a Climate & Health meeting being held at the Carter Center Thursday, said the additional $1.5 million will be invested in a study to improve water quality in the Proctor Creek Corridor.

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Climate & Health meeting takes place at Carter Center after canceled by the CDC

Vice President Al Gore and Laura Turner Seydel speak at the end of the Climate & Health meeting (Photo by Maria Saporta)Nearly 350 people attended the Climate & Health Meeting at the Carter Center – led by former Vice President Al Gore – to learn of the public health impacts of climate change.

Originally, the meeting was supposed to have been a three-day session held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the CDC canceled the event on the eve of Donald Trump being inaugurated into office, likely for pre-emptive political reasons.

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16th Annual Parks 7 Greenspace Conference Sparks Important Conversations in Light of Projected Population Growth

Connecting with Parks highlights parks’ role in creating and maintaining quality of lifeConnecting with Parks highlights parks’ role in creating and maintaining quality of life

Park Pride, the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is hosting the 16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, March 27th. The event is expected to draw 450 attendees from across the Southeast, and will offer a diverse array of local and national perspectives on how greenspaces bridge the gaps between individuals, communities, political jurisdictions and ecosystems. As people across the country increasingly relocate to cities, parks will play a major role in all aspects of growth, perhaps most significantly in creating and maintaining quality of life and livability benefits to residents. This year’s conference theme, Connecting with Parks, will highlight how parks can be leveraged for increased benefits across multiple sectors and why they should be at the forefront of development planning.

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City of Brookhaven awarded $5.7 million loan for land conservation project

Brookhaven, Ga. was awarded a $5,700,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee.

The loan will finance the acquisition of 33 acres of forested land adjacent to the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) that will preserve one of the largest remaining tracts of urban forest in Metro Atlanta, and help protect the watershed of Peachtree Creek. The land will be publicly accessible and will include unpaved walking trails as part of the greenspace.

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