Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Our Health At Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Atlanta’s health at risk with 195 dirty air days in 2015

[Atlanta] – Air pollution remains a major threat to our health, according to a new report from Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center, Our Health at Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air? In 2015, people here in Atlanta experienced 195 unhealthy air pollution days, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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City of Atlanta Committee Passes 100% Clean Energy Resolution

Atlanta—Today the City of Atlanta’s Utility Committee passed a resolution that would commit the city to generating  100 percent of the electricity consumed in the City through renewable energy resources and associated technologies by 2035. The City’s own facilities would need to be powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2025. The resolution passed with one dissenting vote from Councilmember Howard Shook and will be presented to the full Atlanta City Council at their meeting on Monday May 1st, 2017.

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Decatur Proclaims Solar Avenue for Earth Day

Today, Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur, Georgia proclaimed that Third Avenue will be named Solar Avenue in honor of Earth Day.Third Avenue had ten neighbors purchase solar through the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb program. With one extra neighbor purchasing solar earlier, that means the highest concentration of homes with solar in Decatur is onThird Avenue.

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New Data Shows Solar Jobs Growing in Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Solar in Georgia now employs 3,924 people, a 23% increase from 2015, according to new data released today by the Solar Foundation. . Metro Atlanta was home to the most solar jobs (2,406) followed by Chatham and Bibb Counties. The Solar Foundation data breaks down solar jobs in Georgia by county, congressional district and metro area.

Atlanta, GA -
Solar in Georgia now employs 3,924 people, a 23% increase from 2015, according
to new data released today by the Solar Foundation. . Metro Atlanta was home to
the most solar jobs (2,406) followed by Chatham and Bibb Counties. The Solar
Foundation data
breaks down solar jobs in Georgia by county, congressional district and metro
area.

 

The new numbers come from the Solar Foundation’s 2016 solar
jobs census. In 2016, solar jobs grew in 44 states including GA; solar now
employs over 260,000 people nationwide.

 

The growth in solar jobs reflects the growth of solar itself.
In 2016, solar was the number one new source of energy capacity installed in
the United States. As solar grows, it has also reduced climate-warming
emissions and helped to combat air pollution in Georgia.

 

Jennette Gayer from Environment Georgia released the following
statement:

 

“Lately, Americans have had a hard time agreeing on some
important issues facing our country. But I think we can all agree that solar
energy is good for our economy, good for our environment and good for our local
communities.

 

“As the numbers released today show, solar continues to grow
rapidly in Metro-Atlanta and throughout Georgia, providing good local jobs for Georgians
that also help to protect the environment.

 

“Every solar job we add in Georgia means we will continue to
reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and protect public health --
all  while putting people to work in
their communities.

 

“Ultimately we know we can and must repower our lives using
100 percent renewable energy in Georgia and across the country. We encourage
leaders in all sectors to help solar continue to grow and meet this challenge.
In doing so, Georgians will continue to benefit.”

 

Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Renewable Energy 100

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources.

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Environment Georgia maps out 50 steps towards carbon-free transportation

Pollution from our nation’s cars, buses, trucks and trains is taking America dangerously off track to meeting climate goals, according to a new report written by Frontier Group and released by  Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. 50 STEPS TOWARD CARBON-FREE TRANSPORTATION: Rethinking U.S. Transportation Policy to Fight Global Warming concludes that 21st century transportation policy must quickly shift to new priorities, guided by a central goal of curbing climate-altering carbon pollution

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Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Launches

The City of Decatur and DeKalb Co. are home to the third Solarize Decatur-DeKalb officially launched last night to a packed room in the City of Decatur Rec Center. The Community Solarize program aims to facilitate major savings by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing. For the next four months businesses, homeowners and municipal buildings will be encouraged to undergo a solar evaluation and hopefully sign a contract to install solar. Pricing is based on a tier system; more participation helps to bring the price down for everyone.

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Georgia Tech Panel: wind, solar and other clean energy sources could supply all of our power

Atlanta, GA—Wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources now make up just about 13 percent of the nation’s electricity supply, but transitioning to 100 percent clean energy in the South is both necessary and feasible, academic experts and clean energy advocates said at a lunch panel held at Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

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Solarize Athens Ends

 

Athens, GA—June 30th marked the last day for Solarize Athens and after tabulating the results the coalition in charge of Solarize Athens, made up of Environment Georgia, the Georgia Climate Change Coalition, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, and Solar Crowd Source, announced they hit their goal of tripling residential solar in Athens-Clarke County.

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