Decatur-based Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) has announced that its new residence hall has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Atlanta architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the project, and are also working The Leadership Center on the CTS campus. The $7.2 million renovation turned the former Simons-Law Residence Hall into a state-of-the-art facility with classrooms, large lecture halls, a bookstore, a mailroom, offices and ample study spaces.

GreenBusiness WORKS has announced the sustainability rankings of 280 publicly-held companies throughout the Southeast, indexed on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and policies by Boston-based KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. Ten Atlanta companies made the list: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Earthlink, Global Payments, IntercontinentalExchange, Interface Global, InterNAP Network Services Corporation, MedAssets, RPC, Suntrust Banks and UPS. The full Rankings can be found at www.SoutheasternCorporateSustainabilityRankings.net.

Jamestown and Cousins Properties are celebrating 999 Peachtree’s certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Silver building. 999 Peachtree truly distinguished itself as a sustainable leader in Midtown Atlanta when it received the prestigious certification, joining the small class of only 500 buildings in the U.S. to earn the designation.

To support environmental projects across the country, Roswell-based Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Green Patrol, a program that brings employees and other volunteers to communities throughout the United States to help plant trees, aid in cleanup and recycling projects and other environmental efforts. The effort was launched on Earth Day events in Atlanta and Philadelphia. In Atlanta, more than 60 Kimberly-Clark employees, as well as groups from the Boys and Girls Club and a local high school volunteered to clean up the Proctor Creek, one of the most environmentally impaired creeks in metro Atlanta. The effort was undertaken as part of EarthShare of Georgia’s Corporate Green Day Challenge. Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of the largest manufacturers of washroom products in the world. www.kcpreducetoday.com/us

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.