The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2016 Atlanta E3 Awards, naming Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as the 2016 E3 Award Winner in the Built Environment Category, which recognizes visionary leaders advancing sustainability in Atlanta.
“We were so honored to be nominated among some of the metro area’s most visionary leaders, and honored to have won the award,” shared Fulton County Vice Chairman Liz Hausmann, Commissioner District 1, who was on hand at the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of Fulton County.
The Atlanta E3 Awards recognizes companies, organizations and individuals working to conserve metro Atlanta’s natural resources, develop clean technologies to enhance our economy and environment, support sustainable projects and initiatives and to collaborate on solutions through university connections, marketing and education. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System was chosen as a finalist from a highly competitive pool of applicants, including Drew Charter Elementary Academy Campus – Perkins+Will and The City of Atlanta Climate Action Plan.
“We applaud the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for honoring the work of all the nominees and for recognizing the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for their work to build all new libraries with sustainability as the foundation of the building process,” said Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John H. Eaves.
Each year, the Metro Atlanta Chamber hosts the Atlanta E3 Awards, which recognizes business achievement and innovation, clean technologies, and sustainability solutions that enhance our economy and environment.
On hand to accept the Library System’s E3 Award, was Dr. Gabriel Morley, who spoke briefly to the crowd of nearly 300 business and community leaders about the need for more sustainable projects in both private and public organizations. Morley also shared the Library’s goal of Platinum LEED Certification on the upcoming renovation of the Central Library. Currently, the eight new libraries built in Phase I of the Library Building Program have all achieved Silver LEED Certification, with East Roswell Library recently earning Gold LEED Certification.
“The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is honored to be recognized for the work we have done and will continue to do as we move into the next phase of our Library Building Program. I’m pleased to be part of a team that is looking at these new public spaces as opportunities. These are public buildings, they ought to be sustainable buildings for the future. We are trying to demonstrate how public buildings will be constructed for the future,” said Library Director, Dr. Gabriel Morley.
For more information about the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Building Program, visit http://www.afpls.org/building-for-the-future.