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Green Operations and Maintenance

A Sustainable Plan for Greener Land Management

All operations and maintenance activities must comply with the Atlanta BeltLine Maintenance Guidelines.

Integrated Sustainability

All typological elements within the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor are selected for durability and ease of maintenance through life-cycle assessment. The typological design ensures ease of assembly, disassembly, repair and replacement. The plantings specified for the Atlanta BeltLine are native, or native-adapted and require little or no maintenance. The Atlanta BeltLine Maintenance Guidelines specify sustainable methods and protocols for soil / plant management, pest management, disease control, graffiti prevention / removal, cleaning and repair of walls, walkways and railings. Reduction and recycling of waste is another critical component of sustainable operations. All organic waste generated from landscape maintenance must be composted at a local facility. Training of city employees responsible for maintenance of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor is critical to ensuring the sustainability of operations.

Beyond the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, streetscape upgrades within the Atlanta BeltLine study area are recommended to include utility undergrounding and improved access to utility for future repairs and maintenance.

Environmental Issues Addressed

  • Low Maintenance Materials and Design
  • Sustainable Landscape Management
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Green Cleaning

Other Environmental Issues

  • Green Procurement
  • Low-Energy Maintenance Vehicles
  • Workforce Training
  • Performance Monitoring

Related Metrics

The Sustainable Sites Initiative
5.2. Maintain on-site structures, hardscape and landscape amenities
8.1. Plan for sustainable site maintenance*
8.2. Provide for storage and collection of recyclables*
8.3. Recycle organic matter generated during site operations and maintenance
9.1. Monitor performance of sustainable design practices

Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

GIB Credit 16. Solid Waste Management