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Athens-Clarke County Commits to 100% Clean and Renewable Energy

Athens, GA -- Tonight, the Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Commission unanimously voted to adopt a community wide goal of 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2035. The vote means Athens will join Atlanta, Augusta, and Clarkston in the transition away from energy sources that pollute the environment and contribute to climate change.

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Georgia’s Agnes Scott in the top 10 for renewable energy on campus rankings

Decatur, GA -- As colleges across the country prepare for graduation ceremonies, Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center is announcing which schools are in and out when it comes to the transition to renewable energy. In a new study released today, colleges and universities were ranked in five categories based on their shift to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. Agnes Scott in Decatur, GA ranked 8th in the nation for on campus clean energy.

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Putting solar panels on new homes could grow Georgia’s solar capacity 7-fold

Atlanta -- If builders start putting solar panels on all new Georgia homes in 2020, the state could increase 7-fold its current solar power capacity by 2045, according to a new report released today by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. Such a policy could also cut annual carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 6 percent of 2015 levels by 2045.

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Right to Repair Testimony

Today the Georgia Legislature heard the GA Right to Repair Law in subcommittee. Environment Georgia's Director, Jennette Gayer offered the following testimony.

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Georgians Push For “Right to Repair”

Rep. Scot Turner (Holly Springs) has introduced a new bill, backed by the Georgia Farm Bureau, repair shops all over Georgia and non-profits, to require access to what people need to repair electronics -- parts, tools, service manuals and repair software.

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In Less than a Year Solarize Atlanta Nearly Doubles Residential Solar in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA- The organizers of Solarize Atlanta celebrated more than just the New Year last week as the deadline to sign a residential solar contract with the program came and went. After the dust settled more than 143 homeowners had signed contracts to install over 855 kW of photovoltaic (PV) solar and 534 kWh of battery capacity that will help homeowners store their solar power and use it later. The installed solar will cut over 1.6 million pounds of global warming pollution annually.

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Environment Georgia Makes Important Down Ballot Endorsements

In the lead up to Georgia’s November 6th general election Environment Georgia has endorsed Lindy Miller and Dawn Randolph in the two Public Service Commission seats on the ballot and is encouraging voters to support Amendment 1.  Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia’s Director, issued the following statement.

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Environment Georgia laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

Atlanta, GA -- Today, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy. Preliminary calculations indicate this move could increase global warming emissions by 2.2. billion metric tons.  It also threatens to worsen Georgia’s air quality—a report put out by Environment Georgia in June 2018 found that Atlanta had 118 dirty air days in 2016. This action betrays the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s stated mission of protecting human health and the environment.

 

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Trouble in the Air: Atlanta’s health at risk with 118 dirty air days in 2016

[Atlanta, GA] –According to a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center air pollution remains a threat to public health. 5.8 million people in the Atlanta area experienced 118 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

These troubling findings come at a time when the Trump administration prepares to weaken the federal clean car standards, a critical program to cut global warming emissions and increase fuel efficiency. And just this week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the agency will review the federal ozone standard -- a standard he sued to stop when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general.

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Worlds Busiest Airport Takes First Step Towards Electrifying Bus Fleet

On Monday May 7th the Atlanta City Council passed 18-R-3133 which will provide the funds to help purchase two electric shuttle buses to serve passengers traveling between terminals at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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