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McGill Place is creating an energy efficient landscape by utilizing the GBCI Pilot Program EXISTING SITES

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Below are the most basic building blocks of nature that work together synergetically to create self-sustaining ecosystems for healthy and diverse environments, where everything has a place to thrive.
Locally, along with Trees Atlanta, CAP (Central Atlanta Progress) and COA (City of Atlanta), McGill Place is doing our part to create win-win-win-win eco situations- the planet, the City of Atlanta (COA), all people, their pets, birds, pollinators, water, trees and plants + soils with healthy microbes.

3: WATER SYNERGY

PHOTO 1. (ABOVE LOOKING NORTH) McGill Place showing storm water flow from 1980’s.   McGill Place sits on a hilltop and the 1980’s engineering sends much of our water to impervious parking which then funnels the water to area 1)COA pipe, 2) a water shelter and  3) a flume with 2 inlets  from the parking lots. It’s very challenging to keep it onsite to water plants.

SYNERGY OF SAVING MONEY on irrigation while helping  the COA’s old fashioned, undersized storm water system by looking for ways to keep our  rainwater onsite to water our biomass (trees and plants). The following .pdfs illustrate the COA challenges with old 19th century storm water/sanitary systems designed for a much smaller population (done by Ga Tech architectural students):

4: SYNERGY OF PLANTS AIR SOIL & MICROBES
PHOTO 2. (ABOVE) Showing the synergy between biomass (plants and trees), water, air, cooling, water retention and people living in sustainable environments.

 SYNERGY w/ BIOMASS:
Use trees and plants (biomass)
to cool our microclimate (also cooling our homes) while helping reverse the City of Atlanta’s heat island effect.
On a global level helping calm climate change by absorbing carbon (plants breathe in and embody CO2).
Use sustainable, low upkeep plants so the environment is not polluted with pesticides and fertilizers. These toxins work their way into the aquifer which eventually is our drinking water, poison pollinators (that birds eat) and helpful soil microorganisms that aid in healthy plants.

6: SYNERGY W/ HUMAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING:
6 Human Health + Wellbeing: Create spaces for human enjoyment and good health in the outdoors.

Here is how we are doing it against the GBCI standard and making McGill Place Sustainability Practices Accountable:

It is estimated that changing wasteful landscape practices into sustainable ecosystems, being careful with natural resources like water, plants and soil, and embodying carbon in trees and plants can mitigate 37 % of climate change. It will also save us $$$$ and make McGill Place property more a desirable place to live.

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