This article was originally posted in the SaportaReport Thought Leaders section in February, 2017.
Southface has made its name as a technical service provider and expert in the high performance built environment. While it’s true that we provide technical services, support and consulting on commercial, residential and community scale projects, Southface has long been engaged in sustainability from other perspectives, as well. For example, many people do not know that our advocacy efforts in the mid 2000s helped move Georgia to incentivize green building certification to be eligible for low-income housing tax credits, ensuring healthier, safer, more durable housing stock for vulnerable communities across the state. As a convener of the environmental community in the city, state and region we play an important role in influencing many sustainable initiatives: the BeltLine project was first revealed publicly at a Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable; the Sustainable Cities Institute was incubated at Southface in our Community Sustainability team; and Southface is a founding partner of EarthShare of Georgia, a federation of environmental charities protecting our air, land and water throughout the state.
Recently, we have continued our tradition of supporting diverse sustainability efforts by working at the heart of environmental equity issues connected to urban sustainability, energy equity and healthy places to live, work and play. Southface is a proud member of the TransFormation Alliance, a coalition of advocates for equitable transit-oriented development and recent awardee of the Strong Prosperous Resilient Community Challenge (SPARCC) grant. National funders are taking notice of the resources and momentum Atlanta is demonstrating for building resilient, equitable communities and pioneering new forms of development and sustainability initiatives. As we look toward the future, we stand behind our vision statement: a regenerative economy, responsible resource use and social equity through a healthy built environment for all.
In this spirit, we have partnered with leading environmental and community organizations to develop four workshops on the second day of our flagship Greenprints conference, March 8. Each session is designed to provide attendees the opportunity to discuss issues around sustainability and equity and navigate toward solutions. We are counting on the experience and insight of our attendees to contribute to creative problem-solving around some of our region’s toughest issues. Below is more on what we have in store at Greenprints:
These four sessions align with Southface’s deep commitment to sustainability work on many fronts. We hope you’ll join us at the conference and continue to think of Southface as a resource as we work toward a sustainable future for all.