Who benefits from the sustainability movement?
No one likes living in a community where flooding, tire dumping or trash are present, yet many Atlanta neighborhoods experience this. Our city needs to be preparing for a resilient 21st century where waste is recycled, not littered in our communities.
FAST FACTS FROM THE EXPERTS
True sustainability is just not about parks and green spaces, it should include communities and consider all the issues faced by communities.
While we work on projects on the environmental side to bring in parts of green space to institute green infrastructure, we still need to consider issues such as affordable housing to ensure that people living in a lack of investment benefit from those projects.
Most of the tree cover that is left is either in South-West Atlanta or the North of Atlanta and what we are seeing now in the rapid pace of development is the loss of green cover in private properties. We need new zoning codes so that we are not separating each land use because we need green space to be built into every community!
Public schools can play a role in the sustainability movement in the city; there is a lot of land that is owned by the Atlanta Public Schools that could be a huge opportunity for the schools to increase the green spaces in the city.
We have several new parks, including Old Fourth Ward Park, that exemplify the use of green infrastructure to address issues of storm water management and rain water runoff. We need more of these!
WHAT SHOULD CANDIDATES KNOW?
- Use a collaborative approach to engage communities instead of a top-down approach.
- Listen to the communities needs, allocate resources in a more balanced manner and with communities in mind.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new - sometimes Atlanta should be the first to do something!
WANT TO TAKE ACTION?
Use these fast, tweetable facts and downloadable graphics to ensure your friends, family, and even candidates know sustainability matters for your future Atlanta.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS GREEN
- FACT: We are adding many new parks across Atlanta, yet the parks budget is down 53% from 1997 (adjusted for inflation), not allowing enough funding to keep up our green spaces.