Why Sustainability Matters

This article originally appeared in the Saporta Report Thought Leaders section in February, 2016.

Atlanta is emerging as a top-tier city internationally for sustainability. This didn’t happen overnight. It’s the result of roll-up-your-sleeves hard work and a commitment on the part of Mayor Kasim Reed to commit the funding, resources, and political will behind key initiatives.

Taking Paris metro with Mayor Reed, Claire Angelle head of international affairs office & press secretary Jenna Garland

Taking Paris metro with Mayor Reed, Claire Angelle head of international affairs office & press secretary Jenna Garland

We’ve got a lot to show for the City’s sustainability program. Just in the past 12 months, we’ve:

  • Passed a Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Building Ordinance that was the first in the country to include water efficiency
  • Begun rolling out the first of 50 electric vehicles for the City’s fleet
  • Become the only City in Georgia to pass a climate action plan
  • Awarded bids to retrofit over 180 City buildings for water and energy efficiency through a performance savings contract

Read the full story on The Saporta Report Thought Leaders section.

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