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ARC Recognizes Alpharetta for Commitment to Sustainability

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently recertified Alpharetta as a Green Community at the Gold Level.

ARC’s Green Communities certification program helps local governments implement measures to reduce environmental impact. The program recognizes commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in sustainability practices. In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments were certified under this program.

“These communities are making significant strides in reducing their environmental footprint,” said ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong. “They are creating a greener region through cleaner water, less energy use, reduced waste, and restored natural resources. Their efforts serve as a model for communities across metro Atlanta that are looking to become more sustainable.”

Measures that earned Alpharetta its certification include the following:
  • Managing community gardens where residents grow their own food, demonstrating a commitment to fresh, sustainable food options
  • Equipping the Fulton County Government Center with a cool roof to keep the building cool while reducing air conditioning costs
  • Spearheading a comprehensive water education program via Public Works

More information about the Green Communities program, including the measures each community implemented, is available at