About

After 10 years of phenomenal success with our partners at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southface is thrilled to bring this program in-house, with a new name to match.

GoodUse saves nonprofits money on operations so they can expand their mission. Using technical expertise and consultative assistance, we uncover areas for improvement within the facility to increase resource efficiency and save money on utilities. To make positive changes last, GoodUse helps with project implementation and provides long-term support, ensuring upgrades are delivering results. With lower operating costs, the organizations we work with are empowered to focus on mission-critical initiatives, so they can more effectively realize their vision.

IMPACT: SAVING ENERGY, WATER, AND MONEY

107,867,327 kWh energy savings
78,437,233 gal water savings
$13,126,704 cost savings

Application Timeline

Interested in becoming a partner? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Requirements and then complete our eligibility survey by clicking on the Apply button below to see if your organization is a good fit.

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Deadline Review Decision
January 10th, 2020 January 13th – February 21st, 2020 February 26th, 2020
May 8th, 2020 May 11th – June 19th, 2020 June 24th, 2020
October 2nd, 2020 October 5th – November 13th, 2020 November 18th, 2020
  1. APPLICATION & BUILDING SURVEY

    Interested nonprofits must complete the eligibility survey and application in order to be considered for the program. Providing Southface with organizational background and building information allows us to understand your facility and provide in-house resources that fit your needs most effectively. Before moving on to the next step, Southface engineers will assist you with tracking your energy and water use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

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  2. ONSITE FACILITIES ASSESSMENT

    Southface engineers execute a building assessment through the lens of a building scientist. During the onsite assessment, engineers collect measurements around building envelope, water and electricity use, mechanical systems, plumbing systems and more to identify low cost, high win recommendations for upgrades to your facility.

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  3. Implementation

    Once the onsite facility assessment and benchmarking phases are complete, your organization will receive a customized assessment report that includes suggestions for facility upgrades. Your organization will select from a list of projects to pursue grant funding. Once a project is selected, Southface partners with your organization on bid selection, project management and implementation. Your organization will have a 12 month period in which to complete project implementation.

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  4. Data Collection and Final Inspection

    Once project implementation is complete, Southface engineers will complete a final onsite assessment of your facility to ensure proper installation and performance of the recommended projects. Finally, focusing on long-term impact, Southface collaborates with your organization to continually measure success after project implementation. Nurturing these partnerships means sustainable results for the communities nonprofits serve.

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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.

Ballethnic Dance Academy

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.

Ballethnic Dance Academy

Case Study PDF

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.

Atlanta Day Shelter

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.

Atlanta Day Shelter

Case Study PDF

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.

Center for Community Preservation & Planning

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.

Center for Community Preservation & Planning

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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.

Edge Connection

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.

Edge Connection

Case Study PDF

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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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.

Piedmont Newman 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 was one of the first hospitals in Georgia to do so.

Piedmont Newman Hospital

Case Study PDF

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.

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

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.

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Case Study PDF

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.

Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter

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.

Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter

Case Study PDF

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

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.

Place of Forsyth

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.

Place of Forsyth

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast

Angie Sproles – Tennessee

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast

Angie Sproles – Tennessee

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West Rome Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Eric Turner – Georgia

West Rome Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Eric Turner – Georgia

Partner Site

Chatsworth Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Robbie Slocumb – Georgia

Chatsworth Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Robbie Slocumb – Georgia

Partner Site

Tucker Unit Boys and Girls Club

Wyatt Bevis – Georgia

Tucker Unit Boys and Girls Club

Wyatt Bevis – Georgia

Partner Site
  • “The reality is if you engage with the program and focus on the money you can save, it can truly help nonprofits achieve their core mission.”

    JACKSON MCQUIGG

    Atlanta History Center
  • “The savings on utilities enable us to add needed program supplies, hire additional staff and help us raise money to secure additional needs for our Clubs.”

    ROBBIE SLOCUMB

    Chief Professional Officer Boys & Girls Club of Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties
  • “Without Southface in Georgia, the program wouldn’t work, not without the expertise. What Southface brings to this is also the passion. Without both, GoodUse wouldn’t be successful.”

    STEVE LEEDS

    Advisory Committee
  • “Getting the assessment done; having someone come in and think more comprehensively was right on time for us. It makes you feel confident about your next steps.”

    SUSAN KIDD

    Agnes Scott College
  • “It elevated the desire to be an environmental steward and made you feel like there was someone arming you with the tools you needed to go further.”

    AISHAH PACHECO

    Ballethnic

Efficiency Toolkit

  • Rethink Your Thermostat

    Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. You can also insulate your hot-water storage tank and the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater. For long-term savings, on-demand natural gas or tankless water heaters can heat water directly without using a storage tank, which can save up to 30% compared with a standard natural gas storage tank water heater.

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