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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

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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News Release | Environment Georgia

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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News Release | Environment Georgia

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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News Release | Environment Georgia

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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Report | Environment Georgia

Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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