“The city of Roswell is proud to bring this highest level of ARC green certification to its community,” said Michael Fischer, deputy city administrator. “Roswell is committed to being a leader in the region by reducing our environmental footprint, fostering greater environmental stewardship and investing in programs leading to a more sustainable region.”
The Green Communities program was the first program in the country seeking to transform a region by promoting sustainability through a “green” certification program for local governments. Since 2009, the nationally recognized program has certified 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county Atlanta region.
Cities and counties earn Green Communities certification by implementing practices and policies in 10 categories, ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency. Roswell was one of the first cities to certify at the silver level in 2009.
The city applied to re-certify this past year, as it continued to expand its green programs and initiatives. Highlights of Roswell’s efforts include the following:
- The Roswell Build Green Incentive Program, which provides incentives for community green building, workforce housing green building, WaterSense and solar installation in one comprehensive resolution.
- As part of Roswell’s alternate fuel program, 10 Ford F-150 pick-up trucks have been converted to Propane AutoGas. This alternate fuel program saves money, lowers overall fleet emissions and increases vehicle life with lower maintenance and cleaner burning fuel.
- East Roswell Park Gymnasium has newly installed light-enhancing skylights, which allow activities during the day to take place without supplemental lighting. Even on partially cloudy days, the new skylights capture and broadcast enough light to provide ample lighting for racquet sports, basketball and child care.
- The National Wildlife Federation has certified Roswell as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The city is the third community in Georgia to receive this honor. The city also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting.