Sustainability Office

The Sustainability Office works as a steward of public resources by promoting innovative practices and policies to reduce the Unified Government's environmental footprint, grow the local economy, and foster a thriving community by networking staff, ideas, and resources across departments and throughout the community to achieve outcomes supported by a long-term sustainability plan.

The Sustainability Office aims to achieve strategic innovation through the collection and analysis of information, piloting of new practices, and development of long-term collaborative efforts. This will also involve land management of Unified Government green space, ecological planning and project management, and education as it pertains to Unified Government green space and ecology.

Recent Projects in ACC

Legacy Forest Project

The Legacy Forest Project works to ensure the longevity of one of our communities’ oldest resources. The Legacy Forest Project uses aerial photos from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that date from 1938 to 2017 and show the changes in historic forest coverage. These photos track which of the original 1938 forests are depleted and which have survived over time. By knowing which historic forests remain, land planners and developers are able to improve building practices on these sites, therefore preserving forests for future generations. 

View the finished interactive map here.

Legacy Forest GIF shows change in historic tree coverage over decades Opens in new window

Cedar Creek Water Reclamation Facility

The solar array at Cedar Creek Water Reclamation Facility is one of the biggest solar installations and is the first of its kind in Athens-Clarke County. The array produces renewable energy that can then be sold to power companies for credit on County utility bills. The savings generated by this credit offsets ACCGOV's energy costs while also quickening the return on investment for the installation. 

In addition to renewable energy production and utility savings, the solar array provides a valuable educational experience for our community to learn about the solar energy process and how it can be beneficial to us.

The Sustainability Office takes pride in our support to help Athens-Clarke County steward its resources well. Explore our renewable energy project page, where you can find more information about our recent and upcoming facility projects.

  1. Public Utilities Department Releases Annual Water Quality Report

    The 2018 Annual Water Quality Report is now available. The drinking water in Athens-Clarke County once again meets or exceeds the water quality standards of the US EPA as specified in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Read on...
  2. ACC Solid Waste Department Community Input Meetings for ACC and Private Haulers

    Solid Waste is hosting a series of community input meetings designed to receive feedback on current and future collection services and/or programs as they pertain to both public and private hauler collection and management in Athens-Clarke County. Read on...
  3. ACC Leaf and Limb Crews will collect in Area C during the week of Monday June 24th - Friday June 28

    Your pile needs to be out by 8:00 A.M. on Monday June 24th.
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