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Suwanee recertified as green community

First certified in 2009, the city of Suwanee recently received another stamp of approval as a green community from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

To gain the certification, the city gathered enough green points to be certified at the bronze level for environmentally-friendly policies and practices.

“We view ourselves as a leader in smart growth in metro Atlanta,” senior planner Daniel Robinson said in a news release. “We put a lot of value in open spaces and parks. The ARC green certification fits with our efforts to be environmentally conscious and friendly.”

By saving some 30,000 sheets of paper by transitioning to a paperless court and City Council, and saving nearly 50,000 miles over two years on city vehicles, Suwanee earned the green points through kinds of initiatives. It also obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for City Hall.

The city also installed sidewalks and bike paths along city streets, bike racks at all city facilities and began recycling at City Hall.