For the last 40 years, Southface has been a leader in the research, design and implementation of a regenerative economy for the Southeast. We are a group of change makers with a laser-focus on generating the outcomes that lead to vibrant, healthy communities for all.
It is this singular vision, this dedication to creating the policies, technologies, buildings and communities to improve human lives that propels us forward. It is the underpinning of the programs and service we craft, the data we track and the outcomes we share with our peers, our community and our leaders.
Why we do it:
Each and every day we are working to build our vision for the future: A regenerative economy, responsible resource use and social equity through a healthy built environment for all. Each of our programs and lines of service influence three key outcomes - improved quality of life, shared prosperity and thriving natural systems.
How we do our work:
- Collaborate with our community and network
- Lead by Design
- Educate our community
- Advocate on behalf of the issues we know to be most pressing
- Research and find new solutions to our most important questions
Our Policy practice prioritizes and champions the state and local policies that propel the clean energy and resource efficiency movement forward. We know that informed policy has the ability to transform the market for a clean energy economy, and we are working with our partners to influence data-driven, rigorous approaches to a low-carbon future. There are three key areas to informed state and local policy in which we focus to leverage the most impact:
- Advancing utility-focused energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy programming
- Influencing policy in the built environment including energy and water codes, mechanisms such as ordinances and energy/building codes.
- Stormwater management including rainwater, green infrastructure and other water policies in the built environment.
Research + Incubation
Our Research + Incubation team nurtures the sparks, seeds and early-stage developments for our internal and external programming and data collection. They are a team of rigorous scientists, designers, and program developers responsible for the conception, testing and delivery of our offerings at the intersection of the built and natural environments, and human experience. Our research connects our local and federal partners with essential data to shaping the outcomes of healthy, vibrant buildings and communities.
A well-integrated approach to systems and technology is critical in driving and scaling innovation in the regenerative economy. Our Systems Technology team analyzes the intersection of technologies and implementation in two key areas: Communities and Buildings. Community Systems Technology influences the approach to systems such as EV infrastructure and Micro/Smart grids, while our Buildings Systems Tech drives the implementation of property and internal systems analytics, such as real-time smart building operations.
Regenerative Places + Spaces
Our Regenerative Places + Spaces team implements our innovative programs and services that impact our buildings and our communities. Our implementation scale ranges from improving a single family residence to influencing the way a community plans an entire neighborhood or city. The Regenerative Places and Spaces team is responsible for ensuring that our work improves the quality of life for all residents, including low-income residents who often do not have access to the elements that influence healthy, energy efficient homes, workplaces and communities.
Education + Training
A successful regenerative economy requires a well-trained and educated workforce ready to solve complex problems and implement the solutions they build. Our Education and Training team develops the curriculum, online, hands-on training and skill development opportunities for the next generation of the regenerative economy workforce.
Our organizational sustainability team leads our nonprofit, government and corporate clients through strategies to engage with their stakeholders and report that data that increases transparency and reduces risk to their business. We know that reporting data gives shareholders and stakeholders insight into the whole sustainability story for an organization. Our team is made up of strategy setters and data-driven sustainability framework and reporting experts focused on assessing risks and opportunities, developing outcomes based resilience planning.
Heavy summer rainfall is common in the hot and humid subtropical climate of the Southeast. What happens to all that water? Until communities flood or their water sources become contaminated, most of us don’t think about it. In fact, excess stormwater runoff can damage land and buildings, parks, playgrounds and more. As stormwater flows over land, it picks up contaminants including debris, oils, grease, metals and excess nutrients from fertilizers. If not mitigated, it can contaminate habitats and waterways.Read More
Resilience Hubs: Equitable Resource Centers That Foster Community and Give Support During Emergencies
During times of natural disaster, an entire network of resources and people must come together to repair and rebuild essential infrastructure that allows for provision of critical services—including medical care, clean water and fresh food—all of which require a reliable and steady source of electricity. Individual entities might provide for their own backup power with generators or microgrids that continue working when shared electrical infrastructure is down. But how can communities ensure more equitable access to electricity during emergencies? Resilience hubs are one way.Read More
Thanks to environmental, social and business trends, sustainability is becoming much more of a priority for businesses. It not only affects companies’ cost structures, but it is increasingly a crucial differentiator for investors, consumers and B2B customers. What’s the best way to approach integrating sustainable practices in business operations?Read More