The design, technologies and materials used throughout the Southface campus have prevented tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.
Since Southface’s zero-waste initiative was launched two years ago, its guests and employees have diverted 88% of their overall waste from the landfill.
Southface’s swale, cisterns, pavement and rain garden contribute to diverting millions of gallons of stormwater from flooding the surrounding community.
Our iconic Atlanta campus is the jewel of the organization’s educational mission. The Southface headquarters showcases more than 100 off-the-shelf technologies and design techniques that make our space one of the most sustainable in the region and a living demonstration of how other buildings can do the same.
Our main campus facilities are set amid grounds that have been planted with native and drought-tolerant species and include mature trees, as well as an organic urban garden.
The Resource Center was built as a demonstration home in 1996 and addresses key aspects of environmentally responsible construction: resource efficiency, indoor air quality and accessible design. This building was also one of the region’s first Energy Star-qualified buildings.
The Eco Office officially opened in August 2009. It is 10,100 square feet, about the same size as 74 percent of commercial buildings in the U.S., making it an ideal model for sustainable, healthy buildings everywhere. The Eco Office uses less than 50 percent of the energy of a comparable code-built facility and 84 percent less water.
The Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center is a former diaper laundry renovated by Southface. Since opening in October 2010 to house the organization’s growing weatherization and green building training programs, the SWEET Center has trained more than 7,800 building professionals. The SWEET Center illustrates the power of the partnerships Southface fosters between government, private business and industry professionals to educate and empower the green workforce.
Southface’s built environment and the programs it houses directly impact sustainable market transformation in the Southeast and beyond. To see it for yourself, schedule a tour today!