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Finalists Selected for Atlanta Bridgescape Competition

 

Short-list of five teams chosen to advance to Phase II 

Earlier this year, the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition launched, soliciting participation from multi-disciplinary teams on two bridge enhancement projects in Midtown and Downtown. This competition is part of the ongoing effort to elevate the experience of travelers along the Connector and improve the environment on the bridge surfaces. 

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Fannie Mae Rewards EarthCraft Multifamily Projects with Lower Interest Rates

EarthCraft Multifamily is one of several recognized green building certifications including LEED and ENERGY STAR®

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface are pleased to announce that Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification, such as EarthCraft, with a lower interest rate. EarthCraft is one of several certifications recognized under Fannie Mae’s Green Financing Solutions program, which also includes LEED, ENERGY STAR® and Enterprise’s Green Communities criteria.

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Stephanie Stuckey Benfield named new director of sustainability for the City of Atlanta

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield named new director of sustainability for the City of Atlanta The City of Atlanta has a new director of the Office of Sustainability.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed sent out an announcement Thursday afternoon that said he had appointed Stephanie Stuckey Benfield as the new director of the office.

Benfield, a long time environmental advocate and a former state representative from DeKalb County, most recently has been serving as the executive director of Green Law, an environmentally-oriented law firm.

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Atlanta to get E15 Fuel at Several Stations

Atlanta to get E15 Fuel at Several Stations Mountain Express, Protec Fuel, First in Ga. to Offer E15 Ethanol

Offering the first E15 in Georgia, Mountain Express convenience stores, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the 88-octane E15 at two stations in the Atlanta, Ga., metro area. E15 ethanol blend can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The stations will also sell E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel fuel, which makes these convenience stores big players in emissions-reducing, renewable fuels.

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Novelis Commissions $48 Million Automotive Closed-Loop Recycling Investment in Oswego Plant

Novelis, the global leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, announced the completion of a $48 million investment in its automotive scrap aluminum recycling facility in Oswego, N.Y. It expands upon the company's recent growth in Oswego to meet the increased demand for aluminum automotive sheet in North America.  Including this recycling center, over the past five years, Novelis has invested more than $400 million in Oswegoand hired more than 430 new employees, with around 250 additional jobs planned by the year 2020.

The recycling investment includes a new 81,000 square-foot building capable of processing, sorting and storing automotive scrap aluminum. Additional investments were made in infrastructure improvements such as road and parking upgrades to handle increased truck traffic.

"As the leader in automotive closed-loop recycling, one of our top priorities is to create a sustainable supply line between Novelis and automakers, which will preserve the aluminum's value, reduce greenhouse gases and increase economic efficiencies for our customers," said Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President, Novelis and President, Novelis North America. "This investment will help us meet new demands of automakers as they turn towards lightweight aluminum to create more fuel-efficient vehicles."

The new recycling facility features best-in-class scrap recovery and conversion technology. Designed specifically to meet the needs of North American automakers, the recycling center will enable Novelis to process as much as 10,000 metric tons (20 million lbs) of recycled scrap per month.

The investment by Novelis, whose products are featured in over 180 vehicle models on the road today, signifies an important step toward advancing aluminum's role as a material of choice among the world's automakers. Since 2011, Novelis has invested more than $550 million to raise its global automotive sheet capacity to 900,000 metric tons by the end of this year. Novelis predicts that sales of automotive aluminum, which currently represents about 9 percent of its total shipments, may climb to as much as 25 percent of shipments by 2020. To support the growing demand for automotive aluminum, Novelis will allocate approximately 80 percent of the Oswego facility's capacity to the automotive market.

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