ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta will celebrate Earth Week from April 18-22 with a kickoff evening event and a volunteer day of service. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, which is focused on incorporating best practices into Atlanta city government operations and working with the business and civic communities to support broader conservancy initiatives citywide, will host these events.
Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the Office of Sustainability has worked with commercial building owners to lead the nation with more than one hundred million square feet committed in the Better Buildings Challenge, an effort to reduce water and energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020. The Office has also worked across City departments and agencies to reduce energy use in municipal facilities and created the first municipal solar program in the City of Atlanta.
“We are excited about celebrating Earth Day all week long with environmental awareness programs. These programs will showcase the efforts of our office and countless stakeholders to protect our environment and to become a top-tier city for sustainability,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
To kick off the week, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will host Taste of AGlanta – an event which will highlight the City’s urban agriculture program and feature tastings from Westside farm-to-table restaurants including JCT Kitchen, The Optimist, 5 Seasons, Bocado, Miller Union and Souper Jenny. The event, co-hosted by First Lady of Atlanta Sarah-Elizabeth Reed and Laura Turner Seydel, will be held at the Westside Cultural Arts Center from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased, and organizations and companies can learn about event sponsorship opportunities at tasteofaglanta.eventbrite.com.
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