Marietta is working toward becoming one of the first cities in its area to earn Green Community Certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission. This certification is granted to local governments that invest in programs that promote sustainability, and Marietta is well on its way to earning it.
The city has already been named a "Tree City" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forestry.
The city of Marietta is conducting water conservation audits for all schools in the area to help with conservation efforts, and is offering an online self-audit for residents who are concerned about water usage. The city is also capturing rain from rooftops of city buildings to water the city's plants and trees - the city has captured over a thousand gallons of rainwater and will be purchasing additional tanks to save on water use.
For Marietta's future, the city is currently researching xeriscape, which helps improve landscapes, reduce maintenance resources, and reduce the need for water by as much as 50 percent.
Marietta's Fleet Division is using a biodiesel blend in 90 percent of the city's diesel vehicles and hopes to purchase more hybrid vehicles in the coming years.