USGBC BBBL Scholarships, Sustainability Careers Program, and More!

Hi All,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I wanted to share some up and coming opportunities for you. Please feel free to share with your networks.

Better Buildings, Better Lives: Big South virtual conference on Dec. 8-10 – Scholarships for FREE attendance are available! Individuals whose work or studies center on sustainability, health, resilience or equity are encouraged to apply. Spread the word!

Sustainability Careers: Construction, Consulting & the Built Environment – Dec 17 – FREE to attend with promo code EPGuest

Red and Green Scene: Party with a Purpose – Dec 17 – All proceeds benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Be well,

Beth

NPU-V End of Year Summary Report from Annie E. Casey

Today’s young people hold our future in their hands. To enable their success, we must ensure all families are able to live in thriving communities that support their financial stability and their children’s development. Since 2001, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been working to help transform NPU-V into a place that provides the safety and support families need to reach their full potential with good jobs, strong businesses, affordable quality homes and excellent schools. Through our grant-making, field- building and partnership efforts, the Atlanta Civic Site team is working to foster greater racial and ethnic equity and ensure that existing NPU-V residents particularly Black families who have historically lived there benefit from the changes taking place in their community. No one organization can tackle these issues alone, and success requires partnership with residents and other community stakeholders.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous stress on the families and communities of NPU-V, and the Casey Foundation and its partners have had to adjust to try to address that stress. This report provides a summary of the progress over the last several months, as well as some of our plans for 2021.

Summary Report Link: NPU-V Report Dec. 2020

Murphy Crossing Coalition Demands of Atlanta BeltLine Inc.

Tim Keane, Commissioner, Department of City Planning
Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO, Invest Atlanta,
Atlanta Beltline, Inc.
Chairs, NPU-S, NPU-V, NPU-X
Presidents, Oakland City, Adair Park, Capital View

The initial partnership between the Murphy Crossing Coalition (MCC) and Atlanta BeltLine Inc. (ABI) came with three data points upheld by MCC as critical to the RFP process. These points would ensure that the work undertaken by MCC would bring results, not just head-nods. MCC released a survey (primarily covering property layout, density, transportation requirements, and other relevant development concerns) at the end of August, and by November 6th it received over 1,000 responses from surrounding community members.

This overwhelming engagement proves that ABI should not only understand, but act upon the fact that our community has demands, requests, and suggestions. The enclosed report will address these items with exception of the demands, which we will address here.

Murphy Crossing Coalition Demands:
(1) That there be a MCC-selected Community Representative in the RFP process who shall also have a weighted vote in the selection process (i.e., not simply provide advisory input);
(2) That the RFP include a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) requirement; and
(3) That ABI formally abolish the so-called “required” Cone of Silence.
(4) That the RFP require developers to begin the infrastructure for BeltLine Transit and a Murphy Crossing infill MARTA station.

Read the full list of demands here: MCCRelease

Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council Kickoff Meeting SATURDAY

Intrenchment Creek is the primary watershed area in south and southeast Atlanta. Unfortunately, we recognize that many of our community’s residents may not be aware of the creek because much of it is buried underneath asphalt and concrete (map of Atlanta communities affected by Intrenchment Creek). In fact, the headwaters of the creek are buried beneath the Georgia State Capitol building.

The Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council is a newly-formed organization working to restore, revitalize, and protect the ecological health of the south Atlanta communities that are connected to the creek. Our work is modeled on that of our allies at the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council, and specifically, we are looking to reverse the decades of environmental injustice that have adversely impacted our communities for far too long.

Our chief goals are to:

  • Develop stewards who are strong and empowered leaders working for the restoration, revitalization, and protection of Intrenchment Creek; and develop/grow an educated and empowered community that is positively impacting the restoration, revitalization, and protection of Intrenchment Creek

  • Advocate for the fair and equitable treatment and inclusion of the underserved Intrenchment Creek communities in the planning and implementation of projects, and the enforcement of environmental policy, regulations, and laws.

  • Collaborate with public and private partners to implement projects for the watershed conceptualized with community input such as with the One Water Intrenchment Creek Task Force vision.

  • Serve as an interdisciplinary, scientific, and technical collaborative for information sharing on watershed activities in Intrenchment Creek

  • Promote sustainable land use and reduce the impact of food insecurity through the implementation of urban agriculture

ICCSC will be hosting our kickoff event on Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 am. We will be introducing our organization to the world and will be discussing all the ways you and your communities can join our fight to restore and revitalize one of Atlanta’s most endangered watersheds. It will be a virtual meeting, and you can join via Zoom using the following information:

Meeting Details
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3577790612
Meeting ID: 357 779 0612

+13126266799,,3577790612#

And you can find the Facebook event here (please share with your networks!):
https://www.facebook.com/events/379863330028021

If you would like to learn more, please follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our website.

MARTA Cleveland Ave/Metropolitan Pkwy ART Public Meeting

Good afternoon Valued Stakeholder,

I hope this email finds you safe and well. MARTA is hosting two virtual public meetings to discuss proposed transit service enhancements along Cleveland Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway. The meetings will take place Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. The meetings will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and provide your feedback on proposed station locations and amenities outlined for the project. Resulting changes will affect the following routes, and we appreciate sharing of this information with any contact databases or listservs you may have to encourage all residents of this area to attend.

  • MARTA’s existing Route 78 – Between East Point Station and Jonesboro Road
  • MARTA’s existing Route 95 – Between West End Station and the City of Hapeville

Attached is a graphic and flyer outlining meeting details for your use and distribution.

Thanks in advance for your support. For additional project-specific information, please feel free to contact Marcus Arnold at marnold-vhb@itsmarta.com.

Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council looking for leaders to serve as committee chairs

Good morning neighbors and greetings once again from the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council!

My name is Jason Dozier and I am the co-chair of a newly formed organization called the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council. You might have seen a few email blasts and community engagement campaigns tied to the Post-Development Stormwater Ordinance. While we’re proud to be part of the fight to reduce the impacts of flooding on our communities, our organization’s primary mission is to restore, revitalize, and protect the ecological health of our south Atlanta communities.

Specifically, the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council is looking to achieve the following goals in support of our south and southeast Atlanta communities.

  • Develop stewards who are strong and empowered leaders working for the restoration, revitalization and protection of Intrenchment Creek; and develop/grow an educated and empowered community that is positively impacting the restoration, revitalization and protection of Intrenchment Creek

  • Advocate for the fair and equitable treatment and inclusion of the underserved Intrenchment Creek communities in the planning and implementation of projects, and the enforcement of environmental policy, regulations and laws.

  • Collaborate with public and private partners to implement projects for the watershed conceptualized with community input such as with the One Water Intrenchment Creek Task Force vision.

  • Serve as an interdisciplinary, scientific and technical collaborative for information sharing on watershed activities in Intrenchment Creek

  • Promote sustainable land use and reduce the impact of food insecurity through the implementation of urban agriculture

To that end, we’ve developed a committee structure to ensure that we are able to accomplish this. Specifically, we are looking for energetic community leaders who would be willing to serve as committee chairs in support of the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council’s mission and goals.

Below is a list of our standing committees, along with descriptions for each committee.

  • Development, Green Infrastructure, and Equity Committee

    • Identifies, inventories, and reports on development projects happening in the watershed and works with technical leaders to understand ecological and environmental impact affecting the communities across the watershed

    • Identifies opportunities for Green Infrastructure to be used to capture and maintain stormwater runoff

  • Community Engagement and Outreach Committee 

    • Develops outreach strategies to inform residents and community organizations of our organization, our initiatives, and how they can be involved in our work

    • Manages and implements strategies that mobilize people to give, advocate and volunteer

    • Manages social media and web presence to achieve those ends

  • Youth Leadership and Engagement Committee 

    • Works with Community Engagement and Outreach Chair to increase the engagement and participation of youth across Intrenchment Creek

    • Work to maintain any programming that is or will be created for the benefit of community youth

    • Develops the next generation of environmental justice leaders, potentially through partnerships with schools and other organizations

  • Monitoring and Accountability Committee 

    • Works with technical experts to ensure communities, developers, and other stakeholders are adhering to established guidelines for community benefits, stormwater retention, and other agreed to terms

    • Works with community members to record and report air, soil, and water quality in the Intrenchment Creek area

  • Awareness, Training, and Education Committee 

    • Develops programming to educate residents and stakeholders about the Intrenchment Creek Watershed

    • Creates and leads events that increase the awareness of our watershed, its topography and health, and the issues that impact the sustainability of the watershed

    • Works with partners to develop and create education and training opportunities for community members

  • Urban Agriculture Committee 

    • Works with communities to develop opportunities for healthy, locally-grown food

    • Partners with relevant organizations to increase locally-sourced food access across the Intrenchment Creek watershed

If you are interested in serving as a committee chair, please fill out the following application form no later than Saturday, November 14th.

Application form: https://forms.gle/SGUP2xYtKJDxtXrFA

Lastly, please join us for our official kickoff event on Saturday, November 21 at 11:00am. We will be introducing our organization to the world and will be discussing all the ways you and your communities can join our fight to restore and revitalize our watershed.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Dozier at jasondozier@gmail.com or call at 404-913-6419.

Thank you all so much for your continued support!

MARTA Summerhill BRT Virtual Public Meeting

MARTA invites you to participate in the upcoming Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Virtual Public Meeting! This online update on the future BRT line connecting Summerhill, Peoplestown, and South Downtown neighborhoods will include a presentation on the route and station locations, followed by a Q&A session. Attached you will find a flyer as well as social media graphics to distribute with your network.

Registration link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jNnilUTjSS6DcLKdWVLFvQ