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Mayor Kasim Reed Accepts Climate Leadership Role with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

As board member, Mayor Reed will continue to make major strides in the fight against climate change and galvanize equally ambitious city action around the world As board member, Mayor Reed will continue to make major strides in the fight against climate change and galvanize equally ambitious city action around the world

Mayor Kasim Reed today announced he will join the board of the city-led Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – a soon-to-be-launched coalition of more than 7,100 cities committed to climate change – working to advance climate action both in the City of Atlanta and around the globe. In this role, Mayor Reed will work to galvanize city climate strategy across the United States, set the direction of the coalition and work to elevate the voice and role of cites on the global stage. Mayor Reed’s role on the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is a strong acknowledgement of the work being done in Atlanta.  “I’m proud to be joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy as a member of the board during this critical time for city-based climate action. Atlanta has made strong contributions towards building a low-carbon future, working to set carbon reduction targets and implementing changes that are necessary forces to propel the world towards reaching the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement,” said Mayor Reed. “We know that cities are stronger when we work together, and our collaboration through the Global Covenant of Mayors can demonstrate our impact and give us an even greater platform from which to advocate for greater support from our national and local governments.”

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Ch. 2 WSB-TV Names Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero

Ch. 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land announced Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero.Program donates $20,000 to environmental nonprofits in Metro Atlanta 

Ch. 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land announced Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero. The program honors volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.  

Cotten Taylor believes that park maintenance and improvement is everyone’s duty versus just a few individuals. She brought this belief to life by securing funding to make improvements at Chapel Hill Park that include a fitness stations, playground fishing pier and signage. In addition to being the park’s lead fundraiser, she facilitates volunteer cleanups and works with the Parks Department on security issues. Cotten Taylor’s nonprofit of choice, Park Pride, will receive $10,000 on her behalf.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Approval of the TSPLOST and MARTA Expansion Referenda

"Tonight, voters approved two historic proposals to authorize the City of Atlanta and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to modernize, expand and enhance our city’s transportation system. Over the next five years, the City of Atlanta will build miles of Complete Streets projects, designing our streets so that they work for everyone – pedestrians, bikers and motorists. We will synchronize traffic signals, invest in sidewalks and pedestrian infrastructure, and build new bike paths. We will purchase the remaining land we need to complete the Atlanta BeltLine, putting us in a strong position to compete for federal dollars and accelerate transit construction along the 22-mile pathway.

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Atlanta BeltLine housing developers may be required to build affordable homes

A sale is pending on this $764,000 condo that says it is ‘steps away from the Beltline’ in Inman Park. The unit has 3,040 square feet and comes with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. File/Credit: highrises.comAtlanta’s city code states outright that the Atlanta BeltLine will, “increase the affordable housing inventory.” Three city councilmembers have proposed legislation that intends to put teeth into this provision in city code, which the BeltLine has not been on track to fulfill since the council adopted the provision in 2007.

Council members Andre Dickens, Kwanza Hall and Cleta Winslow filed three personal papers at Monday’s meeting of the Atlanta City Council.

The papers would set minimum requirements for the proportion of new homes that have to be affordable. Affordable is defined as 80 percent or less of the area median income in metro Atlanta. The AMI, as of May, was $38,200 a year for one person, city officials said at that time.

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