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Trouble in the Air

People across America regularly breathe unhealthy air that increases their risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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2017-2018 Georgia Legislative Environmental Scorecard

The Georgia legislature meets for 40 days every year and sessions last for two years. Over the course of a session hundreds of bills are introduced, debated, amended and some make it to the Governor for final approval. Incredibly important topics like water contamination from toxic coal waste, increased transit, solar power and measures to expand Georgia’s green space were all part of the 2017-18 legislative session.

This scorecard will help you understand your legislator’s conservation record and hold them accountable. We’ve also worked to highlight legislators who went above and beyond for our air, water and greenspace because important work to protect our environment often doesn’t always result in a vote on the floor of the State House or Senate.

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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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SOLARIZE ATLANTA LAUNCHES

Atlanta, GA—Atlanta’s first community-based solarize program will launch Thursday at Monday Night Brewery’s Garage from 7 to 8:30pm. The launch follows months of work from the Solarize Atlanta Coalition which, after a competitive bid process, chose Creative Solar as the installer for all residential roof projects and Hannah Solar as the installer for all commercial roof installations. After the launch event residential, non-profit and commercial roof owners can go to www.solarizeatl.com to sign-up. People who sign-up will get a free solar evaluation and, if they decide to buy solar, will have access to significantly discounted prices and materials vetted for quality.

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The Benefits of the Clean Cars Standards

The clean car standards are national regulations and incentives for the auto industry designed to reduce pollution from the transportation sector. Since passed in 2012, the standards have saved consumers money, reduced pollution, and spurred innovation.

 

T h e c l e a n c a r s t a n d a r d s a r e n a t i o n a l r e g u l a t i o n s a n d i n c e n t i v e s f o r t h e a u t oi n d u s t r y d e s i g n e d t o r e d u c e p o l l u t i o n f r o m t h e t r a n s p o r t a t i o n s e c t o r . S i n c ep a s s e d i n 2 0 1 2 , t h e s t a n d a r d s h a v e s a v e d c o n s u m e r s m o n e y , r e d u c e d p o l l u t i o n ,a n d s p u r r e d i n n o v a t i o n .

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EPA heads in the wrong direction on clean car standards

 

Atlanta, GA -- This week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to announce a move to significantly weaken America’s clean car standards. Environment Georgia’s fact sheet detailing the history and benefits of Clean Cars Standards is available on Environment Georgia’s website.

Jennette Gayer, Executive Director of Environment Georgia issued the following statement:

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Offshore Winds Enough to Power Georgia

Offshore wind power could be the power source for Georgia’s clean energy future.   Winds blowing off the Georgia coast could provide enough electricity each year to power the state at current energy use levels, according to a report released today by Environment Georgia.  If Georgia converted all activities currently powered by gasoline, natural gas and other fossil fuels (like transportation and home heating) to electricity, the energy provided by offshore wind turbines could still produce 70 percent of the power needed to run the entire state.

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Solarize Atlanta Sets Sign-up Record

Atlanta, GA—A coalition has convened around launching Atlanta’s first community-based Solarize program to encourage solar power adoption through bulk purchasing. The program has already set sign-up records despite being months away from an official launch.  Over 200 potential new solar customers have signed-up on the coalitions website SolarizeAtl.com. The Solarize Atlanta coalition includes non-profits City of Refuge, Environment Georgia, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, Livable Buckhead the Sierra Club, Southface, and the US Green Building Council (USGBC).   Central Atlanta Progress, as well as Atlanta’s Office of Resiliency and the for-profit Solar Crowdsource, are also coalition members.

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Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers.

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MORE OFTEN THAN NOT GA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FAILS TO STAND UP FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR FAMILIES’ HEALTH

 

Atlanta (Dec. 6, 2017) -- Today, Environment Georgia released its federal scorecard evaluating how the Peach State congressional delegation has voted when it comes to supporting clean air, clean water and other environmental protections. Absences count against a member's score. Executive Director Jennette Gayer released the following statement:

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