The Salvation Army in Metro Atlanta partnered with GoodUse to upgrade nine of its facilities, including Boys & Girls Clubs. These upgrades allow the Salvation Army to save more than $260,000 per year on utility costs, which enable them to better serve more than 70,000 people across five counties in Metro Atlanta. For the Salvation Army, maintaining fully operational facilities provides a lifeline to communities and individuals who need it most.
Through Southface’s GoodUse program, Second Harvest Food Bank reduced their energy expenses by as much as 25%. Second Harvest can use those savings to provide more fresh produce for food insecure residents of Orange County, CA. Long term, this will increase the sustainability of the organization and positively impact their ability to nourish the surrounding community.
The SAE School partnered with GoodUse to align with its mission of being a 21st-century science, arts, and entrepreneurship school that not only recognizes climate change but also sees itself as part of the solution. GoodUse helped SAE become the first school in Georgia to run on 100 percent solar power — allowing them to save tens of thousands of dollars per year on energy costs and reallocate those dollars back into the curriculum.
Ballethnic Dance Company Inc. is dedicated to creating a space in classical dance for adults and children who are underrepresented by the community. Their mission is to inform, educate, and entertain their community, using their performances as a way to enact social change.
The Georgia Aquarium recently set out to strengthen its sustainability efforts by increasing energy efficiency, occupant comfort and indoor air quality. Southface worked with Georgia Aquarium team members to implement an LED lighting upfit as a method to significantly reduce the electrical load in the facility. This, paired with retro commissioning the Georgia Aquarium’s HVAC and controls systems, was the most effective and affordable path to achieving significant energy savings.
Located in the heart of Atlanta, the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children seeks to ease the burden of homelessness for women and children and to assist in establishing self-sufficiency by providing comprehensive education and supportive services. By participating in the GoodUse program, the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children was able to direct more dollars to their bottom line and increase programming for several community initiatives.
Founded in 2002 by residents who shared a concern about the rapid, unchecked sprawl emanating from Atlanta toward Newton County, the Center for Community Preservation and Planning, located in Covington, GA, offers a neutral environment where citizens, leaders and stakeholders gather to understand and create unique approaches to managing growth and change.
Founded in 1997, the Edge Connection is a training organization committed to launching, growing and sustaining small businesses. The Edge initially provided training and technical assistance to individuals looking to start small businesses through a variety of community entities. As the demand for their services grew, so did their need for a dedicated space for small businesses to operate.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. While BBBSMAs is committed to improving the lives of the children it serves, it is also dedicated to preserving the environment and employing sustainable practices.
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 was one of the first hospitals in Georgia to do so.
At the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia, new LED indoor lighting has reduced the environmental impact from energy production and has saved on the bottom line. Made possible by the GoodUse partnership and with product support from GE Lighting, Quinlan will pay about $5,000 less a year to illuminate its building, investing these finances instead in new events and exhibitions.
The Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter provides programs to the homeless population of Atlanta. Red Shield provides 324 beds for families, veterans, men and women struggling with substance abuse. Due to close quarters, dormitory-style living arrangements can spread illnesses easily, such as the flu virus. Because of this, illness is one of the main challenges that residents and staff at the Salvation Army face.
The Place of Forsyth provides emergency assistance for basic survival needs (food, clothing, medicine and financial) and seeks to eliminate hunger, deprivation and homelessness in Forsyth County. As part of its mission, the Place operates a thrift store in Cumming, GA. This facility consumes a great deal of energy through lighting, heating and cooling the store and adjoining offices.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast
West Rome Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Chatsworth Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Tucker Unit Boys and Girls Club
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