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Build Some Buzz for World Bee Day

Honey bees are perhaps one of the most crucial critters in our ecosystem, and its our responsibility to ensure their health and protection. May 20 is the first ever World Bee Day. Recognized by 115 member states of the United Nations, including the United States, Canada, China, India, and the European Union, World Bee Day…

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EarthCraft Makes History with the Georgia Trust

By David Bailey and Pamela Henman A single-family home has never before achieved EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation certification, but thanks to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a longtime resident of Atlanta’s Westside community, that might change. In March, The Georgia Trust acquired three single-family properties along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail – two historic…

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Arbor Day Every Day: A Tree-Free Alternative for the Office

From memos to contracts, to-do-lists and reports, paper is a part of office life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of all office waste is paper, but this presents a ripe opportunity for us to reduce paper use and take advantage of tree-free alternatives that contribute to a circular economy. Tree Zero is…

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Weaving Sustainability Into What We Wear

Textile production is a global, resource-intensive process that takes immense amounts of water, fossil fuels, and chemicals to produce just one piece of clothing. There’s an 85% chance that single item of clothing will end up in a landfill.   On May 4, Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) explores the environmental and social impact of…

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3 Things You Should Know About Your House But You Probably Don’t

No matter the size, homes are highly-complex structures with a foundation built on science. From air conditioning and water heaters to insulation and air sealing, the mechanical systems in our buildings are deeply interconnected, and interior and exterior components must work in harmony to ensure your home is comfortable, secure, and energy efficient. Southface’s Fundamentals…

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4 Energy Efficiency Myths And What You Can Do About It

  Spring and summer are the perfect time of year for homeowners to boost their home’s energy efficiency. Common outdoor allergens from pollen in early spring to ragweed in late summer affect many, but indoor pollutants like mold also play a role in your overall health. Additionally, higher temperatures lead to higher energy bills, so…

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Transforming Transit: Catching Up With TransFormation Alliance’s Odetta MacLeish-White

In October 2017, Odetta MacLeish-White was appointed the first managing director of The TransFormation Alliance (TFA), a collaboration of metro Atlanta organizations that promotes the development of thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit. On April 6, she will moderate Southface’s monthly policy forum, the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART). April’s SART focuses on building equity in transit-oriented development,…

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Health Starts At Home This Spring

  This article was originally published under Sustainable Communities: Thought Leadership on SaportaReport on March 19, 2018. Spring is the season of rejuvenation — and for many, home reorganization. Freshly scrubbed baseboards, clean rugs and carpets, and sparkling windows revive your home and contribute to your family’s health. Across the country, nearly 9 million families…

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