Google Achieves First BIT Building™ Certification

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  ATLANTA, GA—June 28, 2021— Southface Institute announced today that Google’s 6th Street campus in Kirkland, Washington is the first office campus in the world to certify its operations under Southface’s BIT Building program. Successful certification under BIT reflects Google’s adoption of the program’s 16 Best Practices for resource efficiency and sustainability.   What is the BIT Building program? Southface’s BIT Building program gives facility operators and managers the opportunity to implement performance improvements to their buildings no matter the …

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Looking Back at SUN Day, May 3, 1978: Southface’s Birthday

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Let’s take a look back at May 3, 1978 to learn about Georgia SUN DAY and the origin of Southface. A small group of volunteers formed Georgia SUN Day in 1978. There was a SUN Day committee in all 50 states. While our name evolved from Georgia SUN Day to Georgia Solar Coalition to Southface, our mission and values have stayed remarkably consistent.


In Gratitude: Leon Eplan, Former Board Member of Southface (1928-2021)

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Southface’s current and former presidents, Andrea Pinabell and Dennis Creech, congratulated board member Leon Eplan for his Volunteer of the Year Award. Leon Eplan, longtime Southface Institute board member from 2001 to 2019 and fourth generation Jewish Atlantan, passed away on April 15, 2021 at the age of 92. After graduating from Emory University, a short stint in the army and marrying his wife Madalyne Buchman in 1959, Eplan had a long career as a city planner and consultant for …

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Southface Institute Welcomes Three Florida Sustainability Leaders & Launches Southface Sarasota

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ATLANTA, GA—APRIL 22, 2021— Southface Institute is pleased to announce today the addition of three Sarasota sustainability leaders to its team as it expands work in Florida and officially launches Southface Sarasota, the Atlanta-based national nonprofit’s first satellite location. To lead the new office, Southface selected Amber Whittle, Ph.D., as Managing Director of Southface Sarasota, where she will be responsible for helping local businesses, municipal entities, and community organizations support a more sustainable built and natural environment that promotes business …

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Historic theatres and other nonprofits to receive grants for green building infrastructure improvements

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ATLANTA, GA – April 15, 2021 – Southface, a leading environmental and community development nonprofit, is pleased to announce the latest partners selected to participate in GoodUse, a grant program which guides nonprofits through resource efficiency upgrades to reduce environmental impact and save money that can be reinvested into core programming. This group of grantees includes three historic theatres, as part of Southface’s partnership with the Fox Theatre Institute, along with schools, social justice organizations and other community-based nonprofits. Opened …

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Nine Examples That the Transition to a Regenerative Economy is Underway

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This is the third article in a series on the Regenerative Economy. Read Part 1 on Regenerative Design and Part 2 on the Role of Public Policy on Regenerative Practices.   Perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “the journey is the destination.” It’s certainly true of the transition we must make from a linear economy to a regenerative one. Transforming our economy into one that creates more resources than it consumes will take every minute we have before our climate crisis …

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A Boys & Girls Club in Sarasota Partners with Southface’s GoodUse Grant Program To Reduce Environmental Impact and Costs

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When Covid-19 restricted in-person activities across the country, the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club site in Sarasota, Florida had to temporarily close its doors as it prepared for the protocols it needed to implement to keep its staff and club members safe going forward. Harvey, 7, loves technology and dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer. Aware of the growing need for services, especially among essential workers and high-risk families, the club quickly reopened two weeks later to serve the …

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All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota Becomes More Resource-Efficient and Improves Indoor Air Quality During COVID-19

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All Faiths Food Bank has been relieving hunger in the Sarasota, Florida, community since 1989, and like other social service providers across the country, demand surged in 2020 as Covid-19 spread across the country. In fact, 49% of All Faith’s clients were new last year. In order to keep up with need, the food bank took a number of measures including increasing shifts, created pre-packaged ‘no touch’ boxes, started a drive-thru model, held mass distributions in key locations and partnered …

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Public Policy: Catalyzing the Regenerative Economy

Regenerative Design

Part 2 of a three-part series on the Regenerative Economy. Click here to read Part 1 on Regenerative Design and Part 3 on examples of a Regenerative Economy. As the American population increased over the last 150 years, the cost of the “take-make-use-dispose” nature of the linear economy was not fully understood or appreciated. The economy generally thrived; the middle class grew as prosperity abounded for many. Yet, the evidence surrounded us – growing landfills, polluted ecosystems, economic disparity, and …

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Southface Launches Qual-ee™

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ATLANTA, GA—February 17, 2021—Southface Institute announces the launch of Qual-ee, a credential management software for energy raters. This new, cloud-based offering will simplify Home Energy Rating System (HERS) credential management for both the Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) Providership and HERS Raters alike. Qual-ee was created to fulfill the need HERS Raters in the SERH Providership have to access information about their Home Energy Rater certification in real time. Active HERS Raters are required under the Residential Energy Services Network …