Coming Together to Restore and Protect Coastal Waters From Stormwater Pollution


Managing stormwater on coastal cities like Sarasota, Florida, is essential to preventing pollution and harmful impacts that runoff can have on coastal waters. Rainwater must be intercepted and purified by engineered or ecological systems to avoid transporting nutrients that would contaminate beachfronts, impair fishing and foster red tide. Experts at January’s Sustainability in Action Roundtable spoke about ways cities like Sarasota can and are addressing the problem from the source, whether from city streets, agricultural stockyards, transportation, suburban developments and …

Tags: Green Infrastructure, Red Tide, pollution

Big Data Brings Efficiency to Electric Georgia Fleets

Green Technology

With more people driving electric cars, there is a need for current, publicly available national data that provides insight on charging, driving patterns, and vehicle performance. However, for many city fleets, it can be expensive to manage a telematics program. Read the following article by our partner, Clean Cities-Georgia (CC-GA), and learn about an ongoing project that helps electric fleet operators understand how vehicles perform and report accurate cost savings associated with the zero-emission transition. Read more at

Tags: Electric Vehicle

City of Chamblee Adopts Sustainability Plan

Press Room

Atlanta, GA—February 4, 2021—Southface Institute joins planning consultant TSW today in congratulating the City of Chamblee, Georgia, on adopting the Chamblee Sustainability Plan. The city anticipates this plan will help it achieve Platinum status within the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program. This designation would place Chamblee in the top five percent of sustainable municipalities in the region and in the company of high-achieving Georgia cities like Decatur and Norcross. The Sustainability Plan was developed jointly by Southface and lead …

Tags: Urbanism

19 Nonprofits to Receive GoodUse Grants for Sustainability Upgrades

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ATLANTA, GA —January 27, 2021— Southface Institute is pleased to announce 19 new nonprofit partners selected for 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. With these upgrades, the organizations can save energy and water, improve indoor air quality, install modernized and efficient technology, reduce carbon emissions and lower utility costs. To date, GoodUse has served 161 communities in 27 states, helped save …

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Paris Is Calling! Sustainability Organizations Ready as US Rejoins the Agreement

Green Building
Regenerative Design

As the United States recommits to the Paris Agreement, many cities, businesses and organizations that have never slowed down on climate action are gearing up to strengthen and multiply their efforts to create a healthy and resilient future for everyone. One such organization is Atlanta-based Southface Institute, leading the way toward a sustainable, equitable and healthy built environment for over 40 years. Shane Totten, Southface’s Director of Strategy and Impact, shares his thoughts about the importance of this step for the sustainability community and gives a glimpse into the nonprofit’s vision for a regenerative economy that …

Tags: Living Building Challenge, Paris Agreement, Regenerative economy

The Role of the Building Envelope in Controlling Disease

Building Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving innovation in ventilation practices to reduce the spread of aerosols in homes and workplaces. As building owners seek solutions, building science experts are emphasizing the role of air barriers and other components of the building envelope. The following article explores how current building envelope methods perform in mitigating disease transmission. Read more at

Tags: Building Science, COVID-19

The Regenerative Economy: Sustaining Society’s Future by Design

Green Building
Regenerative Design

The Regenerative Economy: Sustaining Society’s Future by Design Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the health of Western societies/economies has been measured by their year-over-year growth. Much of that growth has relied on harvesting readily available, cheap materials to produce products for a growing consumer base. Once those products are no longer needed or wanted, consumers simply dispose of them as waste. Not much has changed: This “take-make-use-dispose” behavior defines the essence of today’s global linear economy.[i] Historically, raw …

Tags: Living Building Challenge, Regenerative economy

How Can We Measure a Company’s Carbon Footprint?

Climate Change

Roughly 23% of Fortune Global 500 companies have made some form of commitment to reach carbon neutrality between now and 2050. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement, but we must take data and measurement into consideration. As more companies make net-zero pledges, how will stakeholders — investors, employees, customers and regulators — hold these companies accountable? Read more about how climate accounting technologies are emerging as solutions to track and verify companies’ energy and carbon emissions. …

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Corporate Social Responsibility

Fox Theatre Institute Joins Forces With Southface Institute to Fund Historic Theatres’ Energy Sustainability

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ATLANTA, GA—JANUARY 11, 2021—At a time when a global pandemic has forced theaters across the country to go dark, the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), a department of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, Inc., is partnering with leading national environmental nonprofit Southface Institute to make historic theaters across the Southeast become more resilient, resource-efficient and save operational dollars through Southface’s GoodUse program. The Fox Theatre’s iconic marquee has 5000 lightbulbs that were replaced with lower-energy LEDs in 2014, creating significant energy and utilities …

Tags: Gooduse, Historic Preservation

Happy ReNEWable Year

Renewable Energy

2021 is the year of hope, change and, most importantly, renewable energy. With clean energy companies outperforming fossil fuel heavyweights last year and eight out of ten of the world’s largest economies committing to net zero by 2050, the pathway to renewables is clear. Learn more about the ways the world’s top markets are investing in wind and solar. Read more at

Tags: Net Zero, Solar, Wind Energy