The City of Atlanta announced today that it will strengthen its sustainable design standards for municipal facilities as part of the Sustainable Building Ordinance. Under the ordinance, all major renovations and new construction of city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet are required to gain LEED New Construction (LEED NC) Silver Certification or greater, and all existing city-owned facilities larger than 25,000 square feet are required to gain the LEED Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED O+M) Certification. The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously last month o approve the Sustainable Building Ordinance.
Hosea Helps (formerly known as Hosea Feeds the Hungry) held a ribbon-cutting on Aug. 25 for the organization’s new headquarters at 2545 Forrest Hills Drive in the Perkerson area. With the support of the City of Atlanta that gave $200,000 towards the purchase of the four acre property, Citizens Trust Bank, and donations from the community, Hosea Helps plans to increase it’s service levels above the 20,000 individuals and families currently helped each year.