Climate Action
& Energy Equity

Atlanta must be a pioneer in combating our climate crisis so all our residents can enjoy clean and healthy communities with greenspace and parks. We must take into account existing environmental injustices and deny permits to developers and projects in already polluted neighborhoods. The city must provide emergency community resources to aid power outages created by natural disasters. We must support and create publicly owned land trusts so neighborhoods can buy back unused properties to use for socially and environmentally beneficial purposes - such as parks and rec centers. Everyone should be within walking distance of a well kept park. A clean and livable community is a human right.

Energy Equity and Climate Resilience

  1. Moratorium on utility disconnections during a pandemic and economic crises.

    What does this mean?

    No one’s utilities get cut off during a pandemic or a recession.

  2. Reassessment and update of the City of Atlanta 2018 100% Clean Energy plan to better reflect community needs and to increase energy independence from GA Power.
  3. Advocate for the city to be a more active intervenor in the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) to negotiate for more affordable energy rates and a higher energy mix generated by renewable resources, as demanded by the 2017 Commitment to 100% Clean Energy.

    What does this mean?

    The city must negotiate lower utility rates and use more renewable energy sources.

  4. Create dedicated city funds and partnerships for the express purpose of building emergency community resources as it relates to climate change (i.e. heat waves, flash flooding, power outages, etc).
  5. Support the Clean Energy Advisory Board (CEAB) and be a public champion to prioritize community and citizen voices on the board.
  6. Support a 100% Clean Energy Accountability Framework and/or other accountability measures surrounding 100% clean energy implementation.

    What does this mean?

    The city must negotiate lower utility rates and use more renewable energy sources.

Parks and Greenspace / Land Preservation

The city must hold itself accountable in going 100% green because our lives and future generations depend on it.
  1. Take into account existing environmental injustices and deny permits to developers and projects to already polluted frontline neighborhoods and critical watersheds.

    What does this mean?

    Do not allow developers to pollute communities that already have a lot of pollution.

  2. Ensure all new buildings are electrified to be “solar ready” by changing the building code to ban natural gas hookups for all new buildings.

    What does this mean?

    Change the code so that new buildings must use electricity instead of gas so they can easily move to solar power in the future.

  3. Parks and Greenspace for All—Commit to a vision where all communities in Atlanta are located within a 0.5 mile walk to public parks and greenspace.
  4. Support existing land trusts and/or create a publicly owned land trust with existing public land wherein neighborhoods can buy back unused properties to use for socially and environmentally beneficial purposes.

    What does this mean?

    Make it easier for neighborhoods to collectively buy unused properties for their community needs such as parks.