Resilient Communities

Southface seeks to ensure that economic and environmental benefits are shared equitably and that all people have healthy, affordable and resilient communities in the face of our changing climate and increasing urbanization.

Green Infrastructure Advocacy

By partnering with nonprofits and governmental and academic institutions, Southface supports and informs initiatives on the benefits of green infrastructure and resiliency in Georgia. Through these collaborations, Southface pushes local, regional and state efforts towards improving our watersheds and creating resilient communities through green infrastructure.

Equity Evaluator

As a TransFormation Alliance member, Southface developed the Equity Evaluator Tool to appropriately contextualize and shape development proposals with a more focused lens on equity, community needs and affordability. The Tool is based on a robust analysis of indicators related to area, including median income, job access and walkability. The Tool can be customized to evaluate the specific needs of local communities and neighborhoods, as well as the physical form of development, and appropriate affordability across income levels. A web app version of the Tool will be available in 2020.

Resilience Hubs

Resilience hubs are community facilities that provide an additional layer of resilience for residents before, during and after natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. These facilities meet the resilience needs of the community and often incorporate technologies like solar-plus-storage and rainwater harvesting to ensure they can continue operating even when the power is out.

Resources

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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Report

Applying the PAYS® System to On-Site Solar to Expand Access for All – Summary

The purpose of this three-part paper is to determine whether and how the PAYS® system for tariffed on-bill investment could make on-site solar systems available to low- and moderate-income customers and renters.

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