Environmental Sustainability Program Department Policies
Gwinnett County launched the Gwinnett Environmental Sustainability Program in 2009 to enhance efficiency in the use of valuable resources and reduce the impact of our local government operations on the environment. This environmentally friendly initiative promotes protection and restoration of the community’s natural resources through water and energy conservation, and reduction in air pollution and waste. The Department of Planning and Development contributes to the Environmental Sustainability Program through the development and implementation of the following policies:

Community Energy Code Enforcement Policy (PDF)
Community Outdoor Lighting Efficiency Policy (PDF)
Community Revitalization Policy (PDF)
Community Shade Coverage Requirements Policy (PDF)
Community Smart Growth Policy (PDF)
Energy Conservation for Construction Brochure (PDF)
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

Enviromental and Heritage CenterLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Hamilton Mill LibraryDeveloped by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Gwinnett County has set an example of LEED certified buildings including the Enviromental and Heritage Center, the Hamilton Mill Public Library and the Police Training Facility.