Southern hospitality isn’t just for visitors – in Atlanta, Ga. it extends to the environment and the local community too. Discover the best places to drop in while you’re in town, where you’ll the city’s naturally ethical and sustainable outlook in full effect.

Atlanta’s history is one of reinvention, collaboration, and exponential growth. The rebuilding of Atlanta after much of the city was burned down in 1864 during the Civil War allowed it to redefine itself as a resilient and progressive focal point for Georgia and the Southern United States in general. Birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr (the house where he was born on Auburn Avenue is an essential stop on any visit to the city, as is the impressive National Center for Civil and Human Rights around the corner), has played its part in shaping modern America; in 1964 mayor Ivan Allen pronounced it “The City Too Busy to Hate” while addressing the Senate Committee regarding the Civil Rights Bill.

Apparently, Atlanta has been too busy to stop moving forward ever since. The 1996 Olympics catapulted Atlanta on to the global stage and was the fiscal starting gun the city needed to truly come to life. Since then, Atlantans have been busier than ever.

We host the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in the US, with the Coca-Cola Company and CNN among the more famous corporate residents. Meanwhile, we have made hip-hop a global phenomenon, are proud to be the official ‘Zombie Capital of the World’ (thanks to the hit show The Walking Dead, which is filmed and set here). Still, despite all that we’ve stayed true to our roots by embracing our grandmother’s cooking and blending it into our local fine-dining experience.

World’s busiest airport aside, finding and appreciating an eco-conscious outlook in Atlanta isn’t difficult, as our heritage is full of industrial innovation and resilience. Atlantans tend to recognize the importance of sustainability and have a knack for grafting it onto our public spaces, food and culture.

Visit Collectively.org for some of the best things to do, eat and see for anyone interested in sharing Atlanta’s passion for sustainable innovation.