Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee recommends sustainable policies and procedures to reduce the environmental footprint of the city while also providing public education and outreach on sustainability issues.

Mission Statement: Enable smart choices for our community and its residents by promoting, through education, outreach, and awareness efforts, the conservation of energy, water, and fuel; investment in renewable energy; reduction of waste; and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources. To advise and assist the City of Dunwoody to develop sustainable measures, practices, buildings, and fleets that are environmentally, economically, and socially responsible.

The Sustainability Committee meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:45 a.m. in the City Manager's Conference Room.

The committee has 7 members, each serving 3-year terms.


  • Michael Cowan, Chair – Term expires 12/31/21
  • Ronald Davis - Term expires 12/31/20
  • Debbie Gordon – Term expires 12/31/20
  • Jason Metzger – Term expires 12/31/21
  • Michael Pray – Term expires 12/31/21
  • Debi Shendelman  – Term expires 12/31/20
  • Nathan Sparks - Term expires 12/31/21

High School Ex-Officio Members: 2 year term or upon graduation, whichever is first

  • Parker Short
  • Marina von Behren

College Ex-Officio Members: 2 year term or upon graduation from college, whichever is first

  • Vacant 
  • Vacant

You may contact the Sustainability Committee directly by e-mailing or through Sustainable Dunwoody on Facebook.

ARC Green Communities

Dunwoody is currently at the Green Communities Silver-Level Certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission in recognition of its efforts to reduce Dunwoody’s environmental footprint.  Through the continued adoption of eco-friendly policies and ordinances to minimize environmental impacts of both the City and the community, Dunwoody is working toward Platinum-Level Certification in May 2019.



Sustainability Plan

On September 8, 2014 the City of Dunwoody adopted the Dunwoody Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Plan is a tool, both to envision what our ideal city looks like and a roadmap to work towards that vision. The Sustainability Plan includes a work plan with measurable goals and objectives based upon community feedback that support and implement the City’s vision for a sustainable future. The most recent version includes an updated short term work plan which was amended in 2018.


Solar in Dunwoody


Dunwoody and the Sustainability Committee fully support the use of Solar - one of the cleanest, most affordable, and lowest maintenance forms of energy for homeowners and businesses in Georgia. City ordinances explicitly allow solar panels in residential settings and the permitting process for rooftop solar has been streamlined. The Sustainability Committee participated in the Solarize Dunwoody campaign, which brought solar to 52 residences, and we continue to explore options for city-owned solar installations. For more information contact us, or if you would like to speak to a resident that is benefiting from rooftop solar, contact Tina Wilkinson.

Sustainable News

council members hold shovels to plant tree on arbor day

The City of Dunwoody has a No Net Loss of Trees Polcy. The purpose is to ensure that there will be no net loss of trees on city-owned property as a result of discretionary construction and development activities. 

The City of Dunwoody seeks to curtail any loss of canopy coverage as described in City of Dunwoody’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16 Land Development.  This policy furthers the “Tree Protection” provisions by establishing standards of no net loss in canopy coverage on city-owned property. The terms and provisions of this policy shall apply to all public property owned by the City of Dunwoody and subject to city regulations.

In 2018, 224 trees were removed, and 279 were planted

In 2019 (as of July), 60 trees have been removed, and 79 have been planted.

bee taking pollen from a sunflower

Dunwoody joined more than 80 cities across the country as part of the Bee City USA program, a nationwide initiative to encourage healthy, sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators.

Its designation as a Bee City was initiated by the city’s sustainability committee and approved by the city council in May. 

Read full story here.