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Published on March 27th, 2012 |

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Livable Buckhead’s Executive Director Denise Starling named ’12 Environmental Awards “Emerging Leader”

Livable Buckhead Inc. Executive Director Denise Starling was honored last week as the Emerging Leader as part of the 2012 Environmental Awards presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, honoring companies and people who are making the world greener.
Denise Starling wears many hats
The Business Chronicle said, “Thanks to her, Buckhead Businesses have learned the value of environmental sustainability.”

Along with serving as executive director of Livable Buckhead (LBI), Starling has been the executive director of the Buckhead Transportation Management Association (BATMA), since it was established 12 years ago.

LBI was formed a little over a year ago to encourage sustainability and implement programs that have a positive impact on Buckhead’s environment and quality of life—programs such as Eco Collection, which celebrated its second year of success March 24 collecting difficult to dispose of household and business discards, such as paint, computers, drugs, paper for shredding, etc.

But LBI also was created to lead the Buckhead greens space plan implementation. In her roles with both LBI and BATMA, Starling has helped provide the foundation for a more connected, livable and sustainable Buckhead community.

While at BATMA, Starling helped develop the “buc”, a free shuttle bus service aimed at reducing the number of vehicles traveling into and around the central core of Buckhead. The Business Chronicle said that by promoting teleworking, carpooling vanpooling and tansit, she has “contributed to preventing nearly 210 tons of pollution over 10years.”  

Denise Starling, right, shares a light discussion with NPU-B
Chair Sally Silver at a Buckhead event. 
Starling has been key to the planning for the Buckhead Collection, a green space initiative planned in conjunction with Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook to add more parks, plazas and trails in his Council District 7, which includes Buckhead’s central business district.

The plan identifies 106 acres of park space throughout the community that should be put in place over the next 10-20 years.

Included in those efforts, Starling and LBI have taken the lead in designing a 5-mile long trail along Ga. 400, from Loridans Drive on the north to I-85 on the south, which is only the first segment of a larger effort of interconnected parks, trails and green space in the area.

Under the Georgia Tech grads leadership, LBI has been established as a certified land trust, making it one of only about 50 in the state and the only one in Buckhead.

Editor’s Note: BuckheadView commends Denise Starling for her hard work and diligence in making Buckhead a better place to live, work and visit and applauds the recognition of her work with this “Emerging Leader Award” from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

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