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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) upgraded the City of Suwanee to silver certification through the agency’s Green Communities Program for demonstrating
leadership in sustainability practices. Suwanee earned certification points for working with Georgia Power to retrofit all existing streetlights with LED lamps, which use 50–75 percent less energy.
“We’ve woven green initiatives into our long-term strategic plans for the city; being responsible environmental stewards is part of the fabric of Suwanee,” said Billqeece Naqawe, Assistant to the City Manager. “ARC’s Green Communities Program encourages municipalities to build a more sustainable future.”
ARC developed the Green Communities Program in 2009 to recognize local governments that invest in programs and policies that lead to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the many ways that local governments can reduce their environmental footprint.
“The 2022 Green Communities have played an instrumental role in moving metro Atlanta towards greater sustainability and environmental resilience through innovative and community-informed projects,” said ARC Natural Resources Managing Director Katherine Zitsch. “These communities demonstrate exemplary dedication to building a stronger, greener region.”
In metro Atlanta, 16 local governments — 11 cities and five counties — are currently certified under ARC’s Green Communities Program. This is the first program in the country to promote sustainability through a certification program for local governments.