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Green Growth


Between 1980 and 2000, Georgia’s coastal population grew by about 18%, and it is predicted that by 2030, coastal Georgia will see a 50% increase in population (Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development, 2006). Current development patterns used to accommodate such growth are sprawling in nature and tend to be prevalent in more sensitive areas. If these current development patterns continue, the region will experience significant impacts to the natural resources through habitat loss and fragmentation, nonpoint source and point source pollution, and increased demand on water supply. 

 Green Growth practices are one way to address development pressure on our natural resources. Green growth can be defined in many ways, but the overall goal is to responsibly support the future growth of coastal Georgia in a sustainable way by balancing natural resource protection and growth without compromising the health of our coastal ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. There are many approaches to green growth, either through green certification programs such as LEED or EarthCraft, or through implementing Low Impact Development techniques in stormwater design. Local Governments have the ability to adopt ordinances that address these issues at the local level, and regional entities such as Regional Commissions can provide guidance coast wide through comprehensive planning.  The Georgia Coastal Management Program can also provide guidance through our Technical Assistance Program and current Smart Growth Specialty Area. Staff is available to assist local governments with green growth project development and implementation, as well as assistance through the Coastal Incentive Grant Program.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshops

The Georgia Coastal Management Program has partnered with the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program, Coca-Cola, and River Network to provide Make-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshops for residents in coastal Georgia.   Participants will learn how to "Live Positively" through Coca-Cola's recycled rain barrel program.  A rain barrel can save most homeowners 2,000 gallons of water each year which can be used for watering gardens, washing cars and other projects around the house.  Workshop participants will learn the importance of water conservation and the basics of rain water harvesting.  They will also get the chance to construct their own rain barrel to take home with them that day!  

The inaugural workshop was held at Coastal Resources Division on January 19, 2012.   

New! Workshops Scheduled- May 10th and 17th, 2017:

We have two new workshops scheduled for the month of May.  The first workshop will be held on May 10th from 12pm-2pm at the Savannah Resource Conservation Education Center.  The second workshop will be held on May 17th from 10am-12pm at the Sapelo Visitors Center in Meridian, GA (NOT on Sapelo). Detailed directions and instructions will be mailed out prior to the workshop date to registered participants. Please register below.

Registration is $30 and will be on a first come basis- so be sure to register early to hold your spot!.  The registration includes your 35 gallon plastic drum and all the parts necessary to turn it into a rain barrel.  There will be an option to pay by credit card within the registration link or you can pay by check by mailing payment as described in registration.  Please be aware if paying by check that your registration is not confirmed until receipt of check.  Due to limited availability we will release your spot in the workshop if we do not receive payment within one week of registration.  

NOTE: Due to our agreement with Coca-Cola, if registering for one of the following workshops you must attend the educational presentation and construct your rain barrel at the workshop.
To Register for the May 10th Savannah Workshop: Click Here

To Register for the May 17th Meridian Workshop: Click Here

For more information on Rain Barrel Workshops or other Green Growth Initiatives contact Kelly O'Rourke Hill at 912-264-7218  or Kelly.Hill@dnr.ga.gov, or click the following links: 

Model Ordinances

Green Growth Guidelines

Certification Programs

Demonstration Sites