Cousins Properties’ Terminus 200, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The gold designation was awarded for the project’s core and shell design. Terminus 200’s status as a LEED building will directly affect tenants’ bottom line. According to the USGBC, LEED-certified projects cost less to operate and maintain; have significantly lower utility costs; improve tenant retention; are energy and water efficient; and have higher lease-up rates than conventional buildings in their markets. The office tower is constructed of 20 percent recycled content and certified wood products among other eco-friendly design elements. www.terminus-atlanta.com.
Ridgeview Middle School in North Atlanta and Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs have been selected as the first two schools in the U.S. to launch an innovative new fundraising alternative that promotes the sale of environmentally smart products to the community. Each outfitted with a unique Web site, the two Fulton County schools will begin providing cost-saving products on line to help the community save money on its energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. Ridgeview and Riverwood’s new on-line marketplaces will offer products ranging from everyday items like CFL lightbulbs and rechargeable batteries to more sophisticated and innovative products for consumers ready to make some greener choices in their homes. Visit www.RidgeviewGreenMarket.com and/or www.RiverwoodGreenMarket.com.
In November, teams from local organizations and schools came out to compete for prize money as part of Park Renewal Day in Decatur and DeKalb County. Hosted by Renewal Design-Build, the DeKalb County Parks Department and City of Decatur, competitors at Dearborn Park were weary from pulling up ivy and privet, but had a real sense of accomplishment and community. The grand prize of $1,000 went to the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association. Groups from Decatur High School, Hands On Atlanta and All Souls Fellowship also took home top prizes. A celebration of food and music from local Decatur band The Grits, followed the cleanup. The success of this public/private initiative has prompted talks of expanding the event into other areas of Atlanta and to other parks. “In just a few hours, we saved over 100 old-growth trees from being strangled by invasive plant species, and prize money was put back into the community,” said Renewal CEO and Park Renewal Day co-founder, Peter Michelson. “It’s amazing what can happen when you give people an incentive.”
The Clean Air Campaign presented the 2009 PACE Awards last month to four metro Atlanta employers and a property management company for their efforts to reduce traffic and improve air quality. For more information, visit www.CleanAirCampaign.org. In its 10th year, the PACE Awards for overall employer programs were presented in five categories:
- Small Employer (100 or fewer employees): Georgia Natural Gas/SouthStar Energy Services, a partner of Midtown Transportation Solutions
- Medium Employer (101 to 500 employees): Porsche Cars North America, a partner of Perimeter Transportation Coalition
- Large Employer (More than 500 employees): Emory University, a partner of Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association (CCTMA)
- Public Sector Employer (Government): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a partner of The Clean Air Campaign and CCTMA
- Property Management Company: Carter and its Atlantic Station office buildings, a partner of Atlantic Station Access and Mobility Program