If you’re looking for sustainable real estate, you have found the right place in Atlanta. Just a few months ago, Mayor Kasim Reed instituted the Power to Change campaign, a plan that will work in conjunction with the City of Atlanta’s sustainability efforts.
The Goal of Power to Change
Mayor Reed, with the help of Power to Change, has plans to make Atlanta a Top Ten city for sustainability. Some of the new real estate projects in the works under Power to Change include new projects and policy initiatives, as well as the continuation of current programs. All city departments will be included in this program.
Mandy Mahoney, Director of Sustainability for the Mayor’s office, began her work under Mayor Franklin, who was one of the first signatories of the Climate Protection Agreement. Mayor Franklin started Atlanta’s sustainability plans in 2007.
In order to reach the goal set by Mayor, Mahoney and her office have closely reviewed sustainability plans for other major cities across the country, as well as other countries, including Europe, Canada and Asia.
SustainLane.com has recently noticed the improvements started by Mayor Reed’s office and the City of Atlanta and ranked them 19th overall in the country for sustainability, which is up from 38th place in 2006.
City Secures State and Federal Grants
The progress made under the Power to Change program has allowed the city to secure federal and state grants that total $28 million, allowing the city to implement at least 25 new projects.
Some of the perks being offered to Atlanta homeowners include the Sustainable Home Initiative in the New Economy (SHINE) residential energy efficient rebate program. Along with the Georgia Power and Energy Star, single-family homeowners can receive up to $2,000 in rebates for weatherizing their homes.
In addition to promoting green living and more efficient living, this program’s goal is to create more jobs in the green sector. The city is organizing efforts to create energy service contracts, including the airport and the watershed, both of which are worth more than $50 million.
Tina Fountain is the Broker/Owner of Tina Fountain Realtors, an Atlanta real estate company.