Sustainable Development and Green Building – A Southern Perspective

Green Building

While this issue of the Southface Journal and the Greenprints Conference feature national thought leaders on sustainable development and green building, we felt it appropriate to hear a Southern perspective on these transformative trends. Dennis Creech has been executive director of Southface for 35 years. He helped incubate the EarthCraft program before the term green building was in the vocabularies of most design and construction professionals and he has participated in numerous initiatives at local, regional and national levels to …

Tags: EarthCraft, Energy Code, Energy Efficiency

Grants to Green: Greening Metro Atlanta Nonprofits since 2008

Green Building

Grants to Green was launched in 2008 as a partnership between The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southface and The Kendeda Fund. The program provides assessment and implementation awards that evaluate and improve the operations of nonprofit facilities in the 23-county metro Atlanta area. Some of the opportunities identified in the assessment report can be completed immediately without financial or technical assistance. For infrastructure-intensive opportunities, organizations can also apply for an implementation grant to pay for the cost of effective …

Tags: Gooduse

Finding Common Ground with Historic Preservation: Notes from the Field

Green Building

In recent years there has been growing interest in both the green building and historic preservation communities to find practical solutions to energy use issues in historic structures. Design, construction, planning and preservation professionals are taking new approaches to old problems and common ground is being found. Here are a few examples of Southface’s recent energy efficiency work on historic structures. Historic Stone Mountain City Hall, Stone Mountain, GA Built from locally quarried granite, Stone Mountain’s historic city hall is …

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Historic Preservation

Thought Leaders on Sustainable Development Part III


By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in cities. This shift from rural communities uniquely positions cities to become hubs for innovation and incubators for sustainable development solutions. While indicators show the economy to be in recovery, sustainability agendas continue to fall victim to strained city budgets. Lack of political will and government stagnation present further challenges. How do cities advance their sustainability agendas in this tough environment? Douglas R. Hooker: Great cities can bring out the …

Tags: Better Buildings Challenge, LEED

Meet a Southfacer: Chandra Farley

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As project manager for Southface events, Chandra manages the upcoming Greenprints conference, the annual Visionary Dinner and other events including the bi-annual Solstice parties and EarthCraft Awards.


The Future is Bright for Solar

Renewable Energy

Author: John Sibley What is the future of solar power in Georgia? The future is bright. Solar power has begun to take off in our state. The installed capacity of solar electric systems more than doubled in 2011. We have about 700 systems and over 20 megawatts (MW) of capacity, providing enough electricity to power more than 2,000 homes. Even more dramatic growth is coming. Georgia Power has about 50 MW in the pipeline for the next couple of years …

Tags: Solar

Meet a Southfacer: Shan Arora

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Green Building
Renewable Energy

Shan Arora is a project manager with Southface’s Sustainable Communities Team. An environmental advocate since an early age, he transitioned into sustainable community development after working in the international trade and tax fields for a decade.

Tags: Hydroelectric, Solar, Staff, Transit, Wind Energy

The Future Is Circular

Regenerative Design

We are witnessing a paradigm shift between an economic model begun during the Industrial Revolution — focusing on concentrated production and long supply and distribution chains — to a model marked by distributed production, localized supply and distribution chains, and a focus on reuse and the elimination of externalities. Click here to view original web page at

Tags: Circular Economy