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Mayor Jackson of Lithonia adds support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Mayor Deborah Jackson - Lithonia, GAJackson asks communities of color to support health and environment

A coalition of environmental groups are calling on the citizens of Atlanta to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan that imposes the first-ever limits on carbon pollution for coal-fired plants. The EPA is holding only four public hearings on the carbon regulations, and one of them will be in Atlanta on July 29.

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Environment Georgia Urges Passage of a Strong Clean Power Plan

The EPA held a listening session to take comment on their proposed Clean Power Plan. The Plan would cut global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants by 30% below 2005 levels.

Many organizations, faith groups, and businesses coordinated efforts to host a prayer breakfast, a press conference, a rally and a march down Marietta Street in favor of the plan. Below are the comments delivered by Jennette Gayer, Director of Environment Georgia to the EPA.

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Remarks by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hearing in Atlanta, Georgia

Comm. Lauren "Bubba" McDonaldGeorgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald's comments made the Clean Power Plan Hearings in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29th, 2014.

I appreciate the opportunity to make some comments on EPA’s Proposed GHG Emission Guidelines. We in Georgia and at the Public Service Commission do not take this new regulation lightly. However we are proud to announce Georgia has already made great strides in compliance.

The first point I would like to make is that each state is different as to geographical location, size, altitude, climate and natural resources. The right energy mix for Georgia may not be the same as California or Massachusetts.

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Atlanta Clean Power Plan Public Hearing Location Changed

Omni Hotel - CNN Center

As the result of a large scale power outage at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, EPA will hold the July 29 and 30, 2014, Atlanta Clean Power Plan public hearings at the Omni Hotel. While repairs are underway at the Federal Center, there is no guarantee the facility will be fully operational in time for the hearings. This led to the agency’s decision to change locations. For a list of events surrounding the hearings click here.

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Building Systems Design, Inc. Updates Master Specifications, Supporting Multiple Green Initiatives

Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) announced publication of revisions to 116 specification sections related to sustainable design for architects and engineers. BSD SpecLink-E, BSD's automated specification production system, has supported the various LEED rating systems published by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for many years. BSD's latest sustainability updates support LEED v4 BD+C , USGBC's most recent green rating system, but they also support other green initiatives, such as the Green Globes project developed by the nonprofit Green Building Initiative. BSD accomplishes this support of multiple green systems by organizing all relevant design issues into five categories:

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