About Ken Edelstein

Editor and publisher at RenewATL.com

Blueprint puts meat on bones of Atlanta Aerotropolis vision

Here's a link to the new "blueprint" for development around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It fills in the details on what previously had been a rambling vision for a planned "aerotropolis" approach to economic development in the area immediately surrounding the world's busiest airport. Although the study covers a huge ring [...]

By | 2016-08-02T11:33:43+00:00 2 August 2016|Air, SMART GROWTH|0 Comments

MARTA sales tax ‘menu’ overstates the transit it will fund

Atlanta City Council last week approved a half-penny transit sales tax for the Nov. 8 ballot. But it's still unclear what projects that tax would fund. State legislation making the tax vote possible requires MARTA to come up by the end of July with "a final list of new rapid [...]

By | 2016-06-28T12:31:04+00:00 27 June 2016|Bus & Rail, TRANSPORT|0 Comments

4 core cities unite around Peachtree Gateway Partnership

This could be a good thing: Four north DeKalb cities are forming the nonprofit Peachtree Gateway Partnership to help them work together on strategic priorities. Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and Dunwoody are close to metro Atlanta's population center. Combined, they have about 140,000 residents. The four cities are "working to create [...]

By | 2016-06-24T16:16:45+00:00 27 June 2016|SMART GROWTH, Sprawl, SUSTAINABILITY|0 Comments

Interface recognized 19th straight year for sustainability

Press Release ATLANTA — GlobeScan and SustainAbility released the results of their annual Sustainability Leaders survey at this year's Sustainable Brands conference. When asked, "which companies do you think are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy?" respondents have, for the past 19 years, consistently mentioned Interface, an Atlanta-based [...]

By | 2016-06-21T12:11:28+00:00 21 June 2016|Press Releases|0 Comments

Can a gated vacation home project be sustainable?

A south Georgia vacation home development is marketing its first-in-Georgia green credentials hot 'n heavy. Courtesy: Flint River Preserve Flint River Preserve — in Worth County, just north of Albany — received four-star certification last fall from the National Association of Home Builders as a "green community." It's a [...]

By | 2016-10-21T14:20:38+00:00 4 April 2016|GREEN BUILDING, SMART GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY|0 Comments

Kasim Reed: MARTA bill to allow ‘largest expansion’ ever

Kasim Reed offered up an enthusiastic endorsement today of legislation recently approved by the General Assembly that will allow city residents to vote this fall on a half-cent sales tax to expand MARTA. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons "This bill allows us to go to voters [...]

By | 2016-10-21T14:20:38+00:00 28 March 2016|Bus & Rail, TRANSPORT|0 Comments

NREL nearly doubles potential rooftop solar estimate

Rooftop photovoltaic systems could produce two-fifths of the nation's electricity, and Georgia ranks 10th among states in its potential for rooftop solar PV, according to a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory report. The Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center features rooftop solar panels that generate up to 340 kilowatts. Credit: [...]

By | 2016-10-21T14:20:38+00:00 28 March 2016|CLEAN ENERGY, Solar, SUSTAINABILITY|0 Comments

WorkingBuildings Atlanta office earns LEED Platinum

ATLANTA — The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies received LEED PLATINUM for Commercial Interiors for their corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia. WorkingBuildings was able to achieve this highest-level certification by using a number of sustainable practices. They were able to minimize material use and diverted over 75% of construction waste materials [...]

By | 2016-10-21T14:20:39+00:00 25 February 2016|Commercial, GREEN BUILDING, Press Releases|0 Comments

Aim of Tech aquaponics grant: “to end hunger and homelessness”

A Georgia Tech project with the modest goal of making aquaponics "affordable to the masses" as a way "to end hunger and homelessness and provide employment in the inner cities of America" has won a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Tech Tower on the Georgia Tech campus. [...]

By | 2016-10-21T14:20:39+00:00 17 February 2016|SUSTAINABILITY|0 Comments