ARC gives Gwinnett a green award

Gwinnett County has earned a "silver certification" award for "Green Communities from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The ARC presented the award at a board meeting on Wednesday for jurisdictions that display leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

Along with Gwinnett, Douglasville, Milton and Kennesaw also earned awards.

"Gwinnett County and the cities of Douglasville, Kennesaw and Milton are setting an example for businesses and other organizations that are seeking to use resources wisely and efficiently," said Tad Leithead, ARC chairman. "Sustainability -- economic, social and environmental -- is the foundation of ARC's Plan 2040, and we applaud the efforts of all of our certified Green Communities for their leadership in ushering in a more sustainable region."

Two years ago, Gwinnett earned a bronze award.

Through a U.S. Department of Energy grant, Gwinnett built a 2.1 MW generator at the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center to utilize natural gas produced by the anaerobic digestion of solids produced by the wastewater treatment process. In a second phase, the county installed a Fats Oils Grease/High Strength Waste collection facility to increase gas production, maximize engine use and generate additional power. The county provides a CNG refueling station at the Gwinnett County Transit facility for 28 Gwinnett County Transit buses and about half of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority express fleet.