Starting with the Downtown central business district, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge will unite the public sector with the business and nonprofit communities to implement substantive building upgrades toward the goal of improving participating buildings’ energy and water performance. The effort is underway with a benchmarking initiative for Atlanta's 400-block Downtown area, including the Atlanta Civic Center and other municipal facilities, as well as eventually to include other landmark Downtown buildings.

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge aims to support President Obama’s goal of helping businesses save nearly $40 billion annually in energy costs, enabling them to grow, invest in new technology, and create American jobs. Atlanta is proud to be one of the three first-mover cities, along with Seattle and Los Angeles, selected for this important initiative.

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Since Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP began practicing law in 1893, SGR has pursued a vision of building one of the country’s premier full-service business firms. Today SGR serves individuals, corporate counsel and corporations across the globe from offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Frankfurt, Germany; Jacksonville, Florida; New York, New York and Washington, D.C.

SGR attorneys are focused in primary disciplines featuring more than 45 specialized practice areas, including environmental, natural resources and sustainability.

For more than three decades, SGR attorneys have represented clients on environmental issues. In 1970, one of our attorneys was the founding chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Since that time, the Firm’s environmental attorneys have been leaders in responding to the expansion of environmental law at the federal, state and local levels.

SGR’s Sustainability Practice Group specifically offers an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to provide clients with a “one-stop-shop” for all of their sustainability needs. The highly-integrated group concentrates on legal issues in the sustainability context. The Group includes experts in environmental law, land use, real estate, construction, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property, tax and other disciplines to address sustainability legal issues in a comprehensive way, on a wide-ranging field of “green” issues.