Atlanta is a role model for renewable energy. What about for telecommunications?

Atlanta has an ambitious 100% renewable energy plan! In May 2017, Atlanta became the 27th city in the United States to commit to 100 percent clean energy. This outcome prompted the creation of the Office of Resilience, which envisions Atlanta to be entirely powered by renewable energy.

Then in June 2018, Atlanta’s city officials created a new roadmap for sustainable city living by outlining options to fight climate change, boost the economy, and ultimately improve the lives of its citizens. The initial plan indicated that the city would be 100 percent green by the year 2050—but this was 15 years longer than what city officials agreed on in their 2017 discussions. Thus, city officials accelerated the plan to fulfill its goal by 2035.

Based on the collective input of the Atlanta community, there are several possible pathways to have renewable energy power for a sustainable future. But for their particular city there are three key strategies: consume less electricity by investing in energy efficiency, generate electricity from renewable sources, and finally, purchase renewable energy sources.

In May 2016, Atlanta was recognized as a Resilient City through the Rockefeller Foundation. Resilient Cities receive funding to hire a Chief Residential Officer who will lead plans to make cities stronger and more equipped to withstand any environmental or urban stresses that affect them. This matter spurred the city to focus on building a strategy that supports its physical, economic, and social growth.

As a resilient city, and now as a city moving forward into a green future, Atlanta calls upon its residents to participate in the sustainable urbanization of the city.

Electricity powering Atlanta must come from clean energy sources. These sources refer to energy efficiency through wind, solar, low-impact hydroelectric, geothermal, biogas, and wave technology sources.

As Atlanta’s energy sector continues its sustainability path, another sector where Atlanta could play a role in leading sustainability change is telecommunications. Professionals from all communications infrastructure sectors will convene in Atlanta in June to discuss the upcoming global 5G deployment phase as the city will welcome the inaugural Communications Infrastructure Summit 2019. Wireless, network infrastructure and data center leaders will collaborate on 5G deployment strategies. What does the 5G network mean for sustainability?

Do you represent or are directly or indirectly linked to the energy or telecommunication sectors in Atlanta? What solutions do you adopt with the arrival of the changes mentioned above? What actions to do implement? And what role can you play to ensure the sustainability for your sector? Join CSE in Atlanta in a few weeks for sustainability discussions.

CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2020, takes over Atlanta March 9-10, 2020 to help sustainability professionals rise to any occasion. This challenging two-day training offered by Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) aims to give you all the latest tools and resources required to implement or upscale existing sustainability initiatives taking place in your organization.

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