Cobb County was one of seven governments to be recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in policies and
practices that help maintain efficient and sustainable use of
Cobb County was honored as a Silver Certified Green Community at ARC’s January board meeting.
“The seven local governments the Atlanta Regional Commission recognized today are working hard to use resources wisely and well, and I commend them for their achievements," ARC chairman Kerry Armstrong said in a press release. "Their efforts are contributing to cleaner air, reduced water demand, less waste going into landfills and more. As a result, we have a cleaner, greener region.”
To earn silver level recertification, Cobb's efforts have
included replacing all 543 of its traffic signals, 220 school flashers
and many pedestrian signals with LED lamps, saving 3.6 million KWH of
energy, 2,800 tons of CO2 emissions and $271,000 annually.
The Northwest Wastewater Treatment Facility provides reuse water to the county’s Cobblestone Golf Course for irrigation. The total reuse water sent to the golf course was 71.7 million gallons for 2012, which translates to a monthly average of 6 million gallons. Other efforts have included environmental education and the PEACH Roads certification program.