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The City of Roswell recertified as a Green Community at the Gold level in 2013, after first certifying at the Silver level in 2009. Roswell's Build Green Incentive Program provides incentives for community green building, affordable/workforce housing green building, WaterSense, and solar installation in one comprehensive resolution. Incentives are not only permit/fee related, but also seek to help market projects via a signage, website and an awards program. An Energy Star partner, Roswell's Energy Strategy for the Future sets forth the city's fundamental commitment to protect the environment through the continuous improvement of its energy performance. The city estimates that it saves $62,000 annually from the replacement of traffic signals and school zone flashers with LED bulbs. The city has a no net loss of trees policy, and trees that cannot be replaced onsite will be planted on other government property. The Tree Planting Partnership is a public-private partnership to improve tree canopy and density on public lands. It has resulted in the planting of 816 hardwoods and 4,313 other trees, shrubs and flowers. Roswell offers commute options to staff that include a flexible work arrangements policy provides for telecommuting, compressed work week and flex time. Recycling containers government facilities are located at individual desks and in common areas for traditional and non-traditional recycling. Residents of single-family homes have curbside recycling, and multi-family complexes are required to provide recycling. Roswell's zoning ordinance provides incentives for mixed use zoning districts and the Midtown Roswell Overlay District.

Program Overview
The City of Roswell, Georgia
Phone: 770-641-3727
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38 Hill Street
Roswell, GA, 30075

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vision Statement

"We will take action to improve our Sustainability: providing for the present generation while honoring our past and allowing for the needs of future generations."

Mission Statement

"It is our mission to increase environmental accountability; to teach the principles of sustainable living; and to implement innovative programs that protect the environment, provide economic savings and enhance our quality of life."

Strategic Goals

Roswell sees environmental and economic sustainability as two of the most critical opportunities for our future. Engaging city employees, residents and businesses in sustainable practices now will ensure the availability of resources and enhance the livability and viability of the City for generations to come.

Roswell recognizes the competitive advantages of "going green". We can improve efficiencies and reduce the use of resources in order to produce meaningful savings to taxpayers and a better environment for our residents. Through responsible development and green building practices, Roswell will grow into a healthier and even more desirable place to live and work.

Roswell's green vision is a community where:

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  • Natural resources are preserved and protected
  • Energy and water use are reduced
  • Clean and efficient energy and water technologies are widespread
  • Waste is reduced and recycling is enhanced
  • New buildings are high performance structures
  • Transportation alternatives are available and complete streets are
    the norm with abundant biking and walking opportunities
  • Greenspace is prevalent and connected
  • Green industries and businesses thrive
  • Quality of life is ensured for future generations

Sustainability Efforts

Approved Green Policies

The City of Roswell has established a number of policies in support of our green initiatives. Below are a few of those policies.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Green Communities Program

The City of Roswell has been certified gold by the Atlanta Regional Commission Green Communities Program.

Energy Saving Efforts

Clean Air Campaign Efforts

The City of Roswell is a Clean Air Campaign Government Champion.

High Efficiency Plumbing Fixtures

The City adopted a Georgia Amendment to the 2006 International plumbing Code. This became a minimum mandated code requirement on July 1, 2012. These fixtures reduce the amount of water used.

Green Building Incentives

The City offers these incentives to builders to encourage green building:
  1. Expedited reviews for green building projects
    • Concurrent land development permit and building permit reviews
    • Priority processing
  2. Building Permit fee rebate
    • Under this provision, a project would be eligible for a rebate of the building permit fee of 15% for equivalent to EarthCraft, ENERGY STAR, Water Sense LEED certification. After verification of the designation, the project is issued the applicable rebate.
  3. Marketing
    • Building site signs, designating projects under the program
    • Inclusion on GIS of program for participating projects on the City Webpage
    • Green Building Award, recognizing outstanding commitment to green Building

Green Affordable Housing Incentives

See Green Building Incentives

Outdoor Lighting Efficiency

This ordinance was an adoption of the Fulton County Night Sky Ordinance which ensures that outdoor lighting throughout the community is operated in an efficient manner and exceeds typical lighting ordinances to reduce energy.

Solar Incentives

See Green Building Incentives

Incentives for WaterSense Homes

See Green Building Incentives

Energy Saving Efforts

The City of Roswell is an Energy Star Partner

Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

East Roswell Park Gymnasium Skylight Project Report

East Roswell Park Recreation Center Cool Roof Project

The City has two(2) government cool roofs. The first was installed in 2009 at the City of Roswell Water Treatment Plant, 100 Dobbs Drive, Roswell, GA 30075 the cost savings is approximately $1450/year. The second roof was installed in 2012 at the East Roswell Park: Gymnasium Roof, 900 Fouts Road Roswell, GA 30075.

Government LED Light Bulb Program

The City replaced lighting in City Hall, the Bill Johnson Activity Building with $800,000 worth of energy saving retrofit lighting.
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Renewalable Energy Program (Biofuel & Solar Energy)

The City of Roswell installed four solar powered, LED parking lot fixtures at the Roswell Law Enforcement Center. These lights are powered by solar energy collected by a solar panel mounted within the fixture. The solar energy is stored in four automobile sized, batteries also mounted within the fixture. The stored energy powers the LED lights during darkness and is controlled by logic circuits for the efficient use of stored energy.
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A feasibility study has been completed and a pilot project is planned to use biodiesel in the City's fleet vehicles. Waste vegetable oil will be collected and traded and/or converted in-house to biodiesel. Currently Roswell is making arrangements to exchange some of its raw vegetable oil for finished biodiesel with the City of Smyrna. Smyrna has the conversion machinery, but not much raw vegetable oil. The biodiesel Roswell receives will be tested in select City vehicles. Roswell has also been monitoring potential grant money to purchase its own production equipment.

Alternate Fuels (Propane Autogas)

The City has entered into a contract with a vendor for Propane Autogas fueling and conversion for our fleet of light-duty trucks, vans and cars. The first phase of conversion is for ten(10) Ford F-150 Pick-Up trucks. The fueling facility has been approved at the Dobbs Drive gasoline island and the contract is for production of the fueling station to be in operation by October 16, 2013.

Greyfield Facilities

The City has remodeled two old homes recently for reuse as City facilities for the public. Arts Center East located at 9100 Fouts Road is a 1960's residential home. After going through an extensive renovation, it is now open to the public, providing cooking classes, painting classes and an art gallery upstairs and clay, wheel and pottery classes being held downstairs.
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Don White house located at 925-B Riverside Road was previously a single family home owned by the Threat family. The renovated home will now be used for bike rental, office and meeting space.

Toilet Rebate Program

ToiletRebate The City of Roswell offers a toilet rebate program, which allows Roswell residential water customers the opportunity to apply for a rebate if they have installed a new, low flow toilet in their residence. Toilet rebates are limited and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

As of January 1, 2015, the City of Roswell offers a Multi-Family Toilet Rebate Program for private Townhome, Condominium and subdivisions.

To qualify for the rebate, Roswell residential water customers should meet the following criteria:

  • Have an individual residential account with the City of Roswell and be up to date on billing payments
  • Own or rent a single-family residential home built in 1993 or earlier (this will be verified)
  • Purchase an approved toilet after September 28, 2007 to replace an older toilet using greater than 1.6 gallons per flush
  • Agree to an installation verification visit to ensure your efficient toilets have been installed
  • Agree to complete a program participation survey
  • As of January 1, 2012, only approved WaterSense certified toilets that use 1.28 gpf or less will qualify

Who is not eligible for the program?

  • Customers who have already received a rebate from a District water utility
  • Customers of utilities who are not participating in the program
  • Customers who own or rent a single-family home built after 1993
  • Customers who purchased a toilet before September 28, 2007
  • Customers who currently have a 1.6 gallons per flush or less toilet
  • Non-residential customers

For more information on how to apply, contact the Roswell Water Utility at 770-641-3707. For more details about the program and information about approved toilets, visit

Keep Roswell Beautiful Green Business Pledge

Green Business Pledge

We believe that a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment. We are actively working to show our environmental stewardship to our community by committing to the following objectives:
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  • To comply with all applicable regulations and strive to exceed compliance
  • To conserve energy, water, materials and other resources
  • To develop and implement practices that prevent pollution and waste
  • To be an environmentally responsible business within our community
  • To strive for continuous improvement in practices that protect the environment

Employee Education
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