The city of Dunwoody is one of seven local governments to be recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

After first achieving Green Communities certification at the Silver level in 2011, Dunwoody has upgraded its certification to Gold this year, the highest achievement possible. The following measures and programs helped make that achievement possible:

  • The city acquired the long-vacant Brook Run Hospital facilities and renovated the greyfield property into Brook Run Park.
  • Dunwoody worked with the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) to fund and implement the Perimeter Traffic Operations Program, which includes the optimization and maintenance of 99 traffic signals throughout the PCIDs. Average vehicular delay has been reduced in the corridors by 29 percent. Motorists using the corridors during the three peak periods save 233,680 hours of travel time and 160,290 gallons of gasoline each year. The total annual savings to motorists due to improved signal timing is $3,926,070.
  • Through its Green Building Policy, the city encourages the use of pervious paving materials by offering expedited plan review.
  • All applicants for special event permits must submit a recycling plan as part of the permit application, indicating where recycling receptacles will be located and the vendors who will collect recyclables. An estimated 450 gallons of recyclables were diverted from the landfill at the 2011 Dunwoody Music Festival as a result of this permit requirement.

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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.