Turning to AEC Professionals to Solve the Plastic Crisis

Regenerative Design

In the past, the plastic industry has turned to recycling and consumer behavior to solve the plastics crisis. While the challenge to reduce plastic waste remains, the design and building industries’ power may have a more significant impact. AEC professionals can make choices at the beginning of the planning process to reduce plastic in the long term. AEC professionals can make a positive change toward plastic reduction in the built environment from building material selection and sustainable purchasing practices to …

Tags: Waste, Zero Waste

The Future of Travel Is Regenerative

Regenerative Design

Leading up to the pandemic, sustainable travel was a popular buzz word in the tourism industry. However, as many travel plans have been put on hold, regenerative travel is making its way to center stage. Instead of focusing only on how to slow environmental degradation, regeneration aims to restore what has already been lost.

Tags: COVID-19, Travel

Southface Institute’s Online Visionary Dinner Celebrates Spatial Justice and Regenerative Placemaking
Event to Gather Leaders in Sustainability and Present 2020 Argon Award

Events
Press Room

Southface Institute’s Visionary Dinner convenes forward-thinking innovators who are committed to building an equitable and sustainable future. (ATLANTA, GA.) September 4, 2020 – Southface Institute, the Atlanta-based nonprofit leader in the design and implementation of high impact sustainability solutions, is presenting its annual Visionary Dinner online for the first time on September 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. The evening convenes forward-thinking innovators who are committed to building an equitable and sustainable future, bringing them together for a …

Event to Gather Leaders in Sustainability and Present 2020 Argon Award

Tags: Visionary Dinner

Building Resilient Communities With Integrated Design

Communities
Green Building

The 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria established standards for affordable housing based on construction practices that consider all aspects of a healthy living environment. Standards are organized around five essential themes, including integrated design, which brings all stakeholders into the planning process.

Tags: Affordable Housing, Enterprise Green Communities

SAE School Set to Become First 100% Solar-Powered School in Georgia
Innovative SEPA financing structure sets stage for similar nonprofit projects

Press Room

ATLANTA, GA—September 2, 2020— Southface Institute announced today the completion of solar installation work for its partnership with The SAE School and a groundbreaking philanthropic financing structure that opens the door to solar for other schools and nonprofits. The ribbon-cutting event to unveil the project, a cornerstone of the school’s net-zero goals, was held Wednesday, September 2, at The SAE School, 6688 Mableton Parkway SE, Mableton, GA 30126. The SAE School’s Unique Mission In its eighth year of operation, The …

Innovative SEPA financing structure sets stage for similar nonprofit projects

Tags: Gooduse

LIFT Announces New Study of Solar Financing
Successfull on-bill model for efficiency could open a path to solar for LMI Households

Press Room

The LIFT Solar Everywhere research project is proud to announce the release of a three-part research report: Applying the PAYS® System to On-Site Solar to Expand Access to All. The study provides detailed analysis of whether, and how, a utility investment program based on the Pay As You Save® (PAYS) system could overcome the upfront cost barrier to on-site solar for low and moderate-income (LMI) customers. “We explored whether site-specific investment by a utility with on-bill cost recovery could work with …

Successfull on-bill model for efficiency could open a path to solar for LMI Households

Tags: Solar, Utilities

Reusable Packaging Helps the Environment and More

Regenerative Design

Demand for reliable packaging material has made plastic the most popular choice, but this has created a single-use model that cannot be fixed by recycling alone. Switching to reusable packaging will benefit the environment and bring financial benefits to businesses and consumers alike.

Tags: Circular Economy

Nonprofit Partnerships Provide Safe Outdoor Spaces And Green Education Opportunities

Press Room

Since its inception, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center has believed in the power of outdoor education. Now, with workforce help from green|spaces and grant funding through Southface’s GoodUse program, the center aims to be a safe haven for students throughout COVID-19 and beyond. Thanks to a partnership with green|spaces and grant funding from The Lyndhurst Foundation and Southface, the Nature Center was already on its way to becoming more energy efficient and environmentally friendly prior to 2020’s unexpected quarantine, said …

Tags: Gooduse

Tracking Global Carbon Emissions in Real-Time

Climate Change
Green Technology

Tackling the problem of climate change has been a difficult task because carbon emission data is collected after the fact, not as it happens. Climate TRACE, an initiative led by Watt Time and supported by former Vice President Al Gore, aims to track pollution in real-time so researchers can see exactly where it comes from.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, carbon, pollution

Reduce Energy Burden with Rooftop Solar

Policy
Renewable Energy

Rooftop solar is one clean-energy solution that can help address the energy burden in low-income areas and communities of color. Research shows that most solar panels are found in majority-white communities, so even as solar use increases, not all communities can reap the cost-saving benefits on their energy bills.

Tags: Solar