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Georgia Power recognized by Metro Atlanta Chamber for environmental efforts

August 21, 2018

Georgia Power’s commitment to conserving and protecting the Georgia’s water resources has been recognized by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) with the company recently named a finalist in the 2018 Atlanta E3 Awards.  The E3 Awards celebrate the companies, organizations and people whose work innovates at the intersection of sustainability and commerce.

“We are very excited about our nomination,” said Dr. Mark Berry, vice president of Environmental and Natural Resources for Georgia Power.  “Every day, thousands of our employees across the state share a commitment to conserve water and this is a great achievement for our team and wonderful recognition of the hard work and effort that we put into conserving and protecting our state’s waterways.”

The six award categories are Built Environment, Clean Tech Innovation, Impact (Individual), Moving the Needle (Transportation), Resilient Communities, and finally Liquid Assets, the category Georgia Power hopes to win. The categories cover a variety of industry sectors, such as water conservation, renewable energy, recycling, smart growth and many more.

As land use in the area near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport changed with development and growth, leading to increased volume and velocity of runoff from rain events, a stream through a major transmission right-of-way shifted, threatening the integrity of its towers.  Rather than looking for an easy, short-term fix that would likely need to be revisited again, Georgia Power chose to do a full stream bank restoration that reduces long-term maintenance while adding environmental and ecological value to downstream areas.

The E3 Awards allow companies like Georgia Power to tell the inspiring stories of the people and organizations promoting a clean environment and sustainable business practices here in metro Atlanta and demonstrate that Atlanta is among the most sustainable cities. Learn more here.