Health

Reducing demand for energy and water reduces electricity generation which can help improve air quality and can thus support health. Below are some of the health impacts of the inspiring resource efficiency efforts by participants within the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC). The metrics are estimated using the ATHENIA energy modeling system, analyzing local weather and power generation data sets to represent a holistic view of the positive impact of resource efficiency.

Since the program's inception, the Better Buildings Challenge helped Atlanta avoid

119,126 =

Metric Tons of CO2

3,087,302 tree seedlings grown for 10 years

In 2016, 11,800 pounds of Nitrogen Oxides were avoided because of the Energy reduction of the buildings in the Atlanta Better Building Challenge

Visualization of 371 cars.

Equivalent to 371 passenger vehicles driven for one year
For more information about how these equivalencies were calculated, see the Greenhouse Gases Equivalencies Calculator

In 2016, energy reduction in Atlanta Better Building Challenge buildings led to

17,200

fewer pounds of sulfur dioxide in the air.

Want to learn more about the harmful effects of SO2? See the Sulfur Dioxide Pollution Basics