Sustainable Georgia Roundup
Jet Biofuel: University of Georgia researchers are studying a crop of carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, for possible use as a renewable biofuel for jets. The researchers are part of the public-private partnership Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC). The group has received a $15-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify and develop varieties of the plant that will thrive in the South.
Goals Reached: Atlanta-based Novelis Inc., global leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, achieved key milestones in its sustainability goals. Two years ahead of its target date, the company increased its use of high-recycled metal content to 55 percent, and three years ahead of its target, it reduced its water usage to 2.7 cubic meter/metric tons.
Protected Land: With help from grants and private donations, the state has acquired 19,500 acres along the Glynn-Wayne county line for $36 million. The purchase is the final piece in protecting the Altamaha River corridor from the ocean to U.S. 84 at Jesup from development. It’s part of the 165,000-acre Sansavilla wildlife management area that is home to timber and about 400 gopher tortoises.
Clean-energy Financing: Through a new, first-of-its-kind program in Georgia, commercial property owners in the city of Atlanta will soon be able to get loans enabling them to finance clean-energy projects. Up to $500 million in bonds is being earmarked to help finance energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy projects implemented by owners of commercial and multi-family buildings.