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September 27, 2021

A public hearing will be held on Friday, December 3 for citizens to learn more about Georgia’s Sustainable Development Carbon Registry. The Georgia Forestry Commission will host the gathering at the agency’s headquarters in Dry Branch, GA, just outside Macon. The hearing will be held in the auditorium from 11:00 am to 12:00pm. The session will also be offered online at GaTrees.org.

“The state is taking new steps to meet challenges created by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Director Tim Lowrimore. “Our agency is leading the establishment of a special committee that will create rules governing the registry and an independent auditor who will certify GFC-registered carbon credits.”

The Sustainable Development Carbon Registry builds on Georgia’s existing carbon registry to enable the tracking of carbon stored in construction projects throughout Georgia. The efforts are designed to encourage real estate developers and builders to help mitigate climate change by utilizing materials that store more carbon. Two mechanisms for securing carbon credits will be reviewed and the process of construction, verification, accrual/sales, and final results will be discussed.

The public is urged to attend the meeting to learn more about this important tool for tracking sustainable development in Georgia. Questions, concerns and suggestions about the registry are encouraged.

For more information about Georgia’s carbon registry and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org.

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