Atlanta is becoming a greener place and the Atlanta Beltline is helping to create a greener future by setting and achieving several sustainability goals. With a variety of options for commercial and residential locations, the Atlanta Beltline wants to provide maximum efficiency and long-term sustainability in every location.
Reducing Ecological Footprints
While following the Atlanta Beltline guidelines, including rules related to recycled materials to reduce ecological footprints, reusing and upgrading existing infrastructure, and using non-threatened species of trees for building, they want to focus on going green with clear qualities. Some of the major areas of focus are on using green materials, having energy efficient designs, and having construction practices that will make a positive impact instead of a destructive one.
Driven by life cycle assessment, the Beltline takes into consideration the overall impact of materials in an environment during all of its stages including manufacturing, distribution, installation, use, repair, maintenance, disposal, and also recycling. Not only do they hope to use green materials, but some of the artwork on the Beltline is made from recycled materials as well!
By following the LEED certification and SSI standards, the Atlanta Beltline is dedicated to durability and ease of maintenance by constructing crosswalks, plazas, and walls with locally sourced granite, durable concretes with recycled ash, and using locally sourced planting and landscaping materials.
Environment Issues Addressed
Some of the main environmental images that the Atlanta Beltline considers are:
- Locally Sourced and Manufactured Materials
- Recycled Content Materials
- Recyclable Materials
- Modular and Flexible Design
- Construction Pollution Reduction
- LEED Certification
- Safe Site Selection
- Performance Monitoring
- Certified Wood Products
With all of these factors, the Atlanta Beltline is dedicated to creating mobility options for people to get around the city; currently with 33 miles of multi-use trails and 22 miles of transit options. In addition, they are also creating new greenspace with 1,300 acres of new parks and 6,500 acres of redevelopment for opportunities of purposeful and utilitarian physical activities.
Not only are these sustainable projects helping people get from place to place, but the Beltline is also dedicated to creating new and affordable housing that also provide economic development opportunities.
By using protecting water sources, brownfield redevelopment, organic land care, native/naturalized plants, green demolition, and energy neutrality, the Atlanta Beltline is really pushing to have long-lasting sustainability and hoping it will resonate with others to try and lower their carbon footprint.
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