What does "sustainability" mean for the City of Decatur?
The City of Decatur has a commitment to ensuring a high quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors both today and in the future. Sustainability includes efforts to protect and preserve natural resources, maintain economic vitality, support smart growth development, create community, support active living, and provide opportunities to live, work and play. This is not a new concept for Decatur. Our Master Plans, the City Commission's goals and vision, and the organization's implementation plans have always been based on making sure that we are good stewards of our resources. We have developed a sustainability model to guide our efforts which includes four categories; Environmental, Economic, Organizational/Institutional, and Community.
Recent Sustainability Accomplishments
|Decatur is one of only two municipalities to have achieved the highest level certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program.|
|In 2010, the City of Decatur began the process of developing the next Strategic Plan. Input was gathered from residents and businesses to answer the question "Where to next?" The finalized plan will be released in early 2011.|
|Decatur was awarded the Strategic Leadership and Governance Award from the International City/County Manager's Association in 2010. In Decatur’s new budget process, department heads develop a city budget that promotes the city’s vision while adhering to the city’s fiscal constraints.|
|For several years, Decatur has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The awards are designed to recognize individual governments that prepare comprehensive annual financial reports which support transparency.|
|The City of Decatur continues to invest in infrastructure improvements that will help ensure high quality services today and in the future. In 2010, Fire Station #2 in Oakhurst received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and transportation improvements helped Decatur become the most walkable city in Georgia. Read more capital project updates HERE.|
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