Sustainable Georgia Roundup
First in the State: The Cousins Properties building, Spring at 8th in Atlanta, became the state’s first to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Core and Shell certification. The designation applies to projects where the developer controls the design and construction of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. Cousins is the owner and developer of the building, which is NCR’s global headquarters. Cousins, NCR and other project partners collaborated to create the energy-efficient building environment.
Alternative Transportation: Muving, a leading European electric scooter-sharing company, recently launched its first North American operations in Atlanta. The company deployed an initial fleet of scooters at some of the city’s most popular spots. Anyone over the age of 18 who has a valid driver’s license can reserve a scooter with a credit card. Riders are charged by the minute to use the zero-emissions transportation option. The scooters also allow people to easily get around town without the responsibility of vehicle ownership.
Environmental Excellence: Atlanta-based Call2Recycle, North America’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program, recently received a Top Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today, which focus on business-related energy and environmental issues in their websites and newsletters. Call2Recycle’s Flame Retardant Box Liner, which aids in the safe collection and transportation of batteries to be recycled, was the award-winning product.
Green Chillin’: Conyers-based Hillphoenix, a pioneer in environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems, is leading the nation in refrigeration equipment installed in GreenChill certified stores. The Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill certification recognizes food retailers that have very low refrigerant charge and emission levels in their refrigeration systems.