Standardizing Greenhouse Gas Inventory Outputs for Decision-Making

Atlanta, Georgia

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The City of Atlanta, GA is known for southern gentility, a world-class music scene–and 21,000 tons of environmental waste. In spite of its charms, the city’s combination of air pollution and atmospheric chemicals makes it the most toxic city in the country. Increasingly, the city is joining the ranks of many cities attempting to address climate change at the local level.

Urban sprawl and the ensuing greater number of cars on the road are affecting the health of Atlanta’s citizens. The City has collected data on emissions for the and completes an annual greenhouse gas inventory but hasn’t yet had a comprehensive written report on its greenhouse gas inventories that can provide analysis of the data collected for the inventory that can be used support policy decisions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as to provide updates to the public on the status of the City in working to achieve its emissions reductions targets. Therefore, Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Resilience is focusing its efforts on putting together a comprehensive framework for reporting annually on its greenhouse gas inventories.

About the Community

Megan O’Neil, Energy Programs Manager, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience with the support of Ruthie Norton, Deputy Director of Sustainability, Mayor’s Office of Resilience, and Cicely Garrett, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, will serve as the community lead on this project.

Project Team

Community Lead

Megan O’Neil is the Energy Programs Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, focusing on the development and implementation of clean every policies in the Southeast’s leading city for sustainability, most directly through my leadership in Atlanta’s 100% Clean Energy Plan.


Scientific Lead

Eri Saikawa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University. She received a Bachelor of Engineering in chemistry and biotechnology at the University of Tokyo, Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in environmental policy and natural resource management at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. from the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy program at Princeton University. She was a Postdoctoral Associate and a Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before she joined Emory University in 2013. Her research is focused on analyzing sources and magnitude of emissions linked to air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change, as well as the impacts of these emissions on humans and society.

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