Winning Gold Going Green

THE CITY OF ROSWELL AGAIN ACHIEVED ITS recertification as a Green Community at the Gold level, as well as again was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award.

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. Some measures that earned Roswell certification points include:

• Installed Advanced Metering Infrastructure meters that provide water usage data by the hour to assist the utility with leak identification to conserve water

• Continued to make recycling a priority by collecting an average of 8,300 tons of recyclable materials

• Installed permeable pavers on a road in the Hog Waller Creek watershed, which offers flood protection

• Maintained / Expanded the Historic Roswell District since its adoption in 1971

• Installed Georgia’s first “bike box,” the area in a lane that that increases the visibility of cyclists

• Used repurposed materials for the pavilion furniture and walkway path in the city’s Serenity Garden

“We applaud the local governments for reducing their environmental impact,” said ARC chairman Kerry Armstrong. “As they do so, they lead the way in creating a more livable region.”