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Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Tim Keane as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development

Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Tim Keane as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community DevelopmentKeane brings over twenty years of urban design and planning experience to position

Mayor Kasim Reed announced his appointment of Tim Keane as Commissioner for the Department of Planning and Community Development. Keane previously served as the Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston, S.C. He is expected to begin his role with the city on July 1, 2015.

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Novelis Launches evercycle™ Certified High-Recycled Content Products

Company announces commercial availability in North America of evercycle for food containers with 100 percent recycled content

Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today announced the first product in a new portfolio of certified high-recycled content aluminum for specialty applications called evercycle™. This new material will enable customers to produce infinitely-recyclable products with a lower carbon footprint.

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Art on the Atlanta Beltline Receives Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission

Largest outdoor temporary exhibition in the south awarded for excellence in public works of art

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. accepted an Award of Excellence for the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition. Awards of Excellence are presented to programs, projects and individuals who significantly contribute toward the enhancement of the City of Atlanta’s built environment, while preserving the city’s heritage and balancing old development with the new. 

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Laura Turner Seydel to be Keynote Speaker for 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference

Laura Turner Seydel to be Keynote Speaker for 2015 Sustainable Meetings ConferenceCaptain Planet Foundation Chairperson Laura Turner Seydel Confirmed as Opening Keynote Speaker For 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference

The Green Meeting Industry Council has confirmed Laura Turner Seydel to be opening keynote speaker for their annual Sustainable Meetings Conference, which will be June 17 – 19, 2015 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Seydel is an international environmental advocate and an eco-living expert who is dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. In addition to serving as the chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide, she is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, Seydel co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the Chair of the Board. Seydel is the daughter of Ted Turner, and serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on additional national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Carter Center Board of Councilors, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

“Large-scale meetings, conferences, and events are critical tools to inform, inspire, cultivate solutions and spur innovation in just about every industry,” says Seydel. “Despite the benefits, however, they are often accompanied by a hefty environmental footprint. Today we are seeing convention centers, professional sports arenas, hotels, restaurants, caterers and other meeting related suppliers taking into consideration emissions, water and energy consumption, and waste reduction during the planning process. I am looking forward to speaking at the conference and sharing stories about the positive environmental, financial, and social impacts we can make through sustainable meeting planning. The key to empowerment is education.”

Sharon Shuford, CAE, CTC, CITE, LEED GA, chair of the content committee for this year’s Sustainable Meetings Conference, adds, “Laura Turner Seydel is truly a leader in sustainable best practices and advocacy, not only in Atlanta, but globally. This is a huge opportunity to bring her message to conference attendees from around the world, to invoke inspiration and carry the conference’s message of empowering sustainability leaders and strengthening their position at the forefront of the hospitality industry.”

City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Selected for Google Fiber’s New Digital Inclusion Fellowship

The City of Atlanta is the only government agency in Georgia chosen for the fellowship

The Department of Parks and Recreation announced today that it has been selected as a participant in Google Fiber’s first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship. As part of the fellowship, the Department of Parks and Recreation will collaborate with Google Fiber and the Nonprofit Technology Network by selecting a fellow who will create programs to help bridge the digital divide in Atlanta.

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Response by Reed Administration to Saporta Report Columns Published on May 4 and May 11, 2015

Maria Saporta, Saporta Report - Atlanta Business Chronicle"Fort McPherson is one of the most important properties in the City of Atlanta, and its future is worthy of engaged and spirited public dialogue. After the Army departed in 2007, the property sat mostly vacant for more than seven years with no commercially viable offers for redevelopment from an operating business with the verifiable financial capacity to close a significant land purchase or fund its redevelopment. In August, the McPherson Implementing Redevelopment Authority Board (MILRA), the body established by the State of Georgia and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to oversee and vet the property’s redevelopment plans, voted overwhelmingly for a proposal submitted by Tyler Perry to build a production facility on a 330-acre parcel.  

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