Atlanta Announces Municipal Carbon Footprint to Measure Emission Reductions

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Forbes - March 17, 2009 (Reuters,

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Today Mayor Shirley Franklin released Atlanta city government's first report on greenhouse gas emissions as the first step towards the goal of reducing emissions in the city seven percent by 2012. Also known as the "carbon footprint," the figure was calculated with the help of a student-faculty team from the Georgia Institute of Technology and establishes a baseline to measure progress in Atlanta 's sustainability efforts. "The City of Atlanta's greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 came to 540 thousand metric tonnes, which is equivalent to the household energy use of 150,000 Atlanta residents or 98,000 passenger vehicles," said Valerie Thomas, Anderson Interface Associate Professor at the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems at Georgia Tech and primary author of the report. "Having conducted an inventory and committed to reducing emissions makes the City of Atlanta a leader in the state and region and well ahead of federal action on climate change." Read more>>>

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