Communities impacted
These metrics were gathered from the past two years.

Cities across the United States and over 100 Neighborhood Planning Units in Atlanta have been impacted by Southface’s programs and services.

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Economic Mobility Created
These metrics were gathered from the past two years.

Resource-efficient upgrades help property owners, tenants and homeowners save money from day one on utility bills and operations and maintenance costs.

Gallons of stormwater diverted
These metrics were gathered from the past two years.

Urban stormwater management poses challenges to the economic, health and environmental resilience of downstream communities.

We don’t believe that a healthy built environment ends outside the building itself. Southface integrates green technologies, certification programs and community needs assessments to collaborate on equitable visions for communities at any scale. From large cities to university campuses to small towns, Southface experts can guide your project through certification, design, or planning with an expert eye for sustainable community development.

Case Studies

Historic Fourth Ward Park Case Study

Historic Fourth Ward Park, specifically its crowning jewel, Clear Creek Basin, has dramatically reduced flooding in the area, which was once a brownfield filled with abandoned warehouses and parking lots.

Savannah Trees Case Study

The City of Savannah has encouraged green infrastructure through a “tree lawn” requirement for some commercial developments. This helps to mitigate flooding among other negative impacts caused, in part, by the built environment and will strengthen the regenerative nature of the natural urban environment.

Athens Land Trust Case Study

Athens Land Trust (ALT) is a Community Land Trust founded in Athens, Georgia, in 1994 with the goal of developing rural and urban sustainable agriculture projects, conserving land and urban green spaces, and creating permanently affordable homes for low-income residents of the community.

SAFFON Case Study

The Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to further the liberation and empowerment of Black communities in the Southeastern United States through farming, food and land strategies.

Apalachicola Bay Case Study

A massive project is underway to restore oyster habitat and populations in Apalachicola Bay. Located in the Florida Panhandle, the Bay has historically been one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the U.S. and once supplied roughly 90% of Florida’s and 10% of the nation’s oysters.

Climate Change and Displacement in U.S. Communities

Climate change is playing a bigger role in determining where and how we live, and is limiting access to and availability of affordable healthy housing, healthy food choices, transportation choices and social networks, which is forcing displacement of individuals and communities.

West LaFayette Transformation Plan

The West LaFayette Transformation Plan was created to help the LaFayette community capitalize on investments in housing that are currently being implemented. The Southface team collaborated with local officials and partners to engage the community to develop a shared transformation vision and plan. The current state of West LaFayette and recommendations for change were discussed …

Harmony Greene Apartments

Harmony Greene is a low impact development situated in a sensitive coastal environment, and uses the latest building technology to achieve sustainable outcomes. Through non-traditional storm water management practices, the project significantly exceeds regulatory requirements and is compliant with coastal Green Growth Guidelines and the Coast Stormwater Supplement. The housing is also highly energy efficient, …

Piedmont Newnan Hospital

Piedmont Newnan Hospital is recognized for its high-quality, comprehensive healthcare, receiving the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. Through Southface’s GoodUse (formerly Grants to Green) program, Piedmont Newnan Hospital also gained LEED certification, an internationally recognized program that verifies that a building’s materials and systems are environmentally sustainable. It …

City of Decatur High Performance Building Standard

Making homes and businesses more efficient is a great way to cut energy consumption and reduce our impact on the environment. The city of Decatur is no stranger to these practices and in 2014 crafted a city-wide High Performance Building Standard for all residential and commercial building projects. The standard is part of the unified …

Chattahoochee Hill Country Livable Centers Initiative

Chattahoochee Hill Country is a rural community 30 miles southeast of Atlanta. Seeking to preserve their rural community while still allowing for strategic growth and economic development, Chattahoochee Hill Country Alliance and Fulton County Environment and Community Development sought a Livable Centers Initiative grant. This grant funded a community-focused planning process to provide residents the …

Atlanta International School

Atlanta International School Early Learning Center (AIS-ELC) is a 17,231 square foot, two-story pre-school that was certified in the EarthCraft Light Commercial (ECLC) green building certification program. The school partnered with Southface to analyze building design and performance through the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative. Actual performance data of AIS – …

EarthCraft Awards 2017

Located in the heart of Decatur, Georgia, Adams Street is a stellar example of high performance and energy efficiency in a residential application. Built by Seville Consulting, this single-family home was awarded the 2017 Decatur Design Award for Historic Preservation. Nearly the entire home is built with Zip System’s wall sheathing, providing an effective and …

Greenprint Midtown Sustainability Action Plan 2012

The Greenprint Midtown sustainability action plan was created to spur actions that further enhanced Midtown’s development as one of the nation’s most livable, innovative, economically successful and sustainable communities. This plan added a green lens to Midtown Alliance’s existing programs and identified new opportunities to increase its sustainability. The report examined five impact areas—energy, water, …

Emory Point Development

All commercial spaces are certified as EarthCraft Light Commercial Ready with ENERGY STAR® qualified Cool Roof Systems and innovative and efficient irrigation.

Program Spotlight

The Atlanta Culture Resilience Environment Workforce (CREW) helps to address flooding challenges in Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods and communities.

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

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 …

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

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 …

Case Study

Savannah Trees Case Study

The City of Savannah has encouraged green infrastructure through a “tree lawn” requirement for some commercial developments. This helps to mitigate flooding among other negative impacts caused, in part, by the built environment and will strengthen the regenerative nature of …

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Case Study

Historic Fourth Ward Park Case Study

Historic Fourth Ward Park, specifically its crowning jewel, Clear Creek Basin, has dramatically reduced flooding in the area, which was once a brownfield filled with abandoned warehouses and parking lots.

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