Air Quality & Natural Environment

The Center seeks to preserve environmental quality and support sustainability by improving awareness of the economic benefits and community value of green infrastructure and promoting effective water management.

Research Projects

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning and the Center for GIS to produce a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the newly established City of Milton, GA. This plan proposes a network of multiuse trails to connect Milton’s neighborhoods with its parks, schools, libraries, stores, sports facilities, and other public spaces.

  • This study involves data collection via surveys and interviews of freight stakeholders, identification and assessment of existing and future freight movement, development of freight-supported land use guidelines, evaluation of environmental and social impacts related to freight movement and development of strategies, and recommendations to proactively address freight and goods movement needs and challenges in the Atlanta region. CQGRD's contribution examines five existing or emerging freight corridors designated by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The resulting study measures community and environmental impacts, both specific to certain freight areas and seen across all areas, and provides ways to best mitigate these impacts while ensuring continued freight mobility.

  • Completed in February 2003, the project was designed to inform the ongoing regional discussion on land use issues and a growing population. It was undertaken in response to the low-density development that characterized the region's growth patterns in the 1990s. The project constructed and tested three distinct alternatives to future land use planning, including focusing on corridors, centers, or environmental sensitivity.

  • CQGRD is conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on redevelopment plans for the site of the former Hapeville Ford Assembly Plant in Hapeville, GA. The assembly plant is to be redeveloped as "Aerotropolis Atlanta", with over 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities, as well as a solar energy component. The 122-acre site is bounded by I-75, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new residential development of Asbury Park, and downtown Hapeville. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • CQGRD is conducting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on PLAN 2040, the long-term regional comprehensive plan being prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is Atlanta's regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency. PLAN 2040 will integrate multiple aspects of regional planning, including transportation and land use, housing, greenspace, water, and air quality through the year 2040. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • A Time for Leadership presents a new growth-policy framework based on “the four Ps”: patterns, preservation, passages, and places. A Time for Leadership builds on the 2003 report by the Florida Chamber Foundation entitled New Cornerstone, which called for a shift from growth management to growth leadership.

  • The Atlanta BeltLine would convert a 22-mile span of freight railway into a transit and trail loop, surrounded by parks and residential and commercial development. When we start a new development project, are we building a healthy place? How do we understand the health impacts of a new development? To answer these questions for the Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project, CQGRD conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). A HIA is a collection of procedures and tools by which projects, policies, and programs can be evaluated based on their potential effects on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. While the HIA tool is widely used abroad, the BeltLine HIA is one of the first conducted in the United States.