Green Resource Center for Alabama has released the 2017 Green Progress Report

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Ribbon cutting at the new Kiwanis Centennial Park, an expansion to Vulcan Park and Museum

This week, the Green Resource Center for Alabama released their annual 2017 Green Progress Report, the only resource of its kind documenting our state’s wide range of green and sustainable projects and initiatives.

Each year, contributors aim to collectively share and promote the many different ways Alabama continually strives to make advances in green efforts and sustainable progress. The first Green Progress Report was released by the Green Resource Center for Alabama in 2008.

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Image courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

“Once again, we are overwhelmed by the hard work being done by corporate citizens, regular citizens, colleges and universities and governmental agencies to help our state make sustainable progress and advance green initiatives,” said Collier Craft, President of the GRCA’s board of directors.

“We hope you will spend a few minutes reading our Green Progress Report to learn how people in the state of Alabama are advancing green and sustainable projects. Our whole state benefits in so many ways, thanks to these efforts and we’re proud to recognize them.”

Some of the 2017 Green Progress Report highlights include:

        • UAB’s selection as one of twelve colleges to compete in the national Solar Decathlon solar house competition.
        • The construction of the Kiwanis Vulcan Trail (the trail broke ground in 2017 and was completed in 2018).
        • Expansion of the endangered vermilion darter habitat at Turkey Creek.
        • Cheaha State Park’s “Leave No Trace” Gold Standard designation.
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      Green Resource Center for Alabama’s (GRCA) 2017 EMERGE Leadership Class and GRCA Board members

      The Green Resource Center for Alabama also featured in the report their first EMERGE class, a leadership development program that trained community leaders on sustainability. This first of its kind class graduated 23 fellows.

      GRCA will be accepting applications for the 2018 class in August. Check out Green Progress Report beginning in 2008 – HERE.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.