Sustainable Development

Southface knows that sound policy can enable a just transition to more equitable sustainable development, and is working to influence data-driven, community and stakeholder informed, innovative approaches to a more resilient, low-carbon future.

Codes and Zoning

By partnering with state and local governments and other nonprofits to engage the community and key stakeholders, Southface is a powerful advocate for the adoption of sustainable development practices. The focus of our work includes high-performance building codes and zoning, as well as development practices that support accessible, healthy and resource-efficient buildings and communities. Initiatives include the City of Decatur High Performance Building Ordinance, the Tiny House Feasibility Study and active participation in the Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee.

In 2019, Southface was chosen by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to provide statewide training and other resources to code officials, contractors and trade groups for the rollout of Georgia’s energy and construction code updates, which took effect on January 1, 2020.

Green Affordable Housing

Southface has long worked in the affordable housing space. We believe focusing on the preservation and creation of healthy, comfortable and efficient affordable housing is critical to sustainable and resilient communities. This means achieving total affordability and high quality of life for those who are striving to maintain both, in the face of rampant development and the adverse impacts of climate change. Within this work, Southface participates in the TransFormation Alliance (TFA) and EEFA, while also engaging with housing finance authorities across the Southeast to advance high-performance green building standards in the region. In addition, Southface partnered with the Virginia Center for Housing Research to publish The Impact of Green Affordable Housing.

Resource Efficiency

Southface has long been involved in initiatives that encourage large-scale adoption of resource-efficient practices – from our core partner role in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) to our part in authoring the “Water Audit Guidance for Commercial Buildings,” the first US comprehensive guide to water efficiency measures for commercial buildings.

Southface also helped make history in another partnership with the City of Atlanta – the City Energy Project (CEP), a national initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings and make American cities healthier and more prosperous through energy efficiency. To help building owners through the benchmarking and auditing process, Southface partnered with the City of Atlanta on the centerpiece of the CEP, the Atlanta Commercial Benchmarking Energy Efficiency Ordinance (CBEEO).

 

Climate-Related Initiatives

Southface works at the state and local level to support climate resilience and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Our work includes participation in the Georgia Climate Project and the Georgia Climate Research Roadmap, as well as engagement in Drawdown Georgia. Southface is also a local partner of the City of Atlanta in the American Cities Climate Challenge, an unprecedented opportunity for 25 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents.

 

 

Resources

Case Study
Report

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 …

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Utility Guide to Tariffed On-Bill Programs

This document guides the reader through resources about on-bill financing, tariffed on-bill programs and the Pay as You Save® PAYS system. An understanding of these resources is necessary for the design and implementation of a successful tariffed on-bill program.

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White Paper

Keeping the Lights On: Energy Efficiency and Community Solar for All Georgians

Many Georgia families struggle with high energy bills in 2018. The Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) served 140,795 families in need of assistance with their energy bills.

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