Posts by Dayna Thompson

Alumna Feature: Rachel Shelar

Rachel Shelar joined Southface in 2014 and worked her way from Intern to Coordinator. Last year, she ventured to Ohio with her husband and now works as a project assistant in Columbus. Southface caught up with Rachel and is excited to share her advancement in the Alumni Feature Series.

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Southface’s 2017 Visionary Dinner

We have invited thought leaders in philanthropy to have a conversation that will resonate with our audience and inspire attendees to action. Invited panelists include Otis Rolley, Regional Director, The Rockefeller Foundation; Florence Vasser Seydel, Trustee Elect at the Turner Foundation, Inc.; Lois R. DeBacker, Managing Director of The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program and Darryl Young, Director, Sustainable Cities at the Summit Foundation.

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Len Foote Hike Inn “Above the Grid” Project Brings Solar Energy to Georgia Backcountry

Brighter days are ahead for the Len Foote Hike Inn, an environmentally sustainable wilderness lodge in the North Georgia mountains, thanks to a newly installed 53.72 kW solar photovoltaic array. The “Above the Grid” solar project supplies nearly 70 percent of the inn’s electricity needs and will educate thousands of guests annually about the value of sustainable environmental practices.

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Meet a Southfacer: Amber McFarland

Amber McFarland works at Southface as a Communications and Events Project Manager. In her spare time she likes to hang out with her dogs and her husband. Read to find out more about Amber and her love for Southface!

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Remembering EarthCraft Achievement

On October 19, Southface will celebrate the EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence, an annual award ceremony that recognizes builders, architects, developers and contractors for their commitment to exceptional sustainable building design and performance.

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EarthCraft Light Commercial Certification – Version 2.0

Southface’s EarthCraft Light Commercial Certification is evolving into Version 2.0! This update will make the certification process more accessible, streamlined and affordable. As we finalize the new version for publication, we need knowledgeable people outside of Southface to review our current draft and let us know how we can make it even better. We trust…

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Launch to Celebrate Living Building at Georgia Tech

By Ken Edelstein, Editor, Kendeda Living Building Chronicle Don’t call it groundbreaking. The September 12 launch for the Living Building at Georgia Tech is about restoring the Earth more than “breaking” it. Right now, the site is a parking lot at the corner of Ferst Drive and State Street in the northwest quadrant of the…

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Southface LMS and Energy Code Hotline

Georgia was selected to participate in a Residential Energy Code Field Study by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This project will determine how to best help homes capture energy savings by increasing energy code compliance through series of statewide education and outreach efforts to the building industry. Our program partners are currently providing free…

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Meet the 2017 Visionary Dinner Chefs

This year’s Visionary Dinner will be especially memorable as our new President, Andrea Pinabell, puts her unique touch on the event. As the successor to our co-founder, Andrea brings a fresh and creative perspective to the celebration, including new networking opportunities and a new mix of entertainment, information and celebration. Visionary Dinner is anticipated each…

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My Earth Craft Dream Realized

By Tom Mills, guest contributor  If we have met at a Southface event within the last five years, I likely mentioned my dream of an EarthCraft home. This July, the dream was finally realized in a new home constructed in downtown Lilburn, Ga. The home is on track for EarthCraft Platinum, with SK Collaborative serving…

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