Southface Institute Welcomes Three Florida Sustainability Leaders & Launches Southface Sarasota

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ATLANTA, GA—APRIL 22, 2021— Southface Institute is pleased to announce today the addition of three Sarasota sustainability leaders to its team as it expands work in Florida and officially launches Southface Sarasota, the Atlanta-based national nonprofit’s first satellite location. To lead the new office, Southface selected Amber Whittle, Ph.D., as Managing Director of Southface Sarasota, where she will be responsible for helping local businesses, municipal entities, and community organizations support a more sustainable built and natural environment that promotes business …

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Historic theatres and other nonprofits to receive grants for green building infrastructure improvements


ATLANTA, GA – April 15, 2021 – Southface, a leading environmental and community development nonprofit, is pleased to announce the latest partners selected to participate in GoodUse, a grant program which guides nonprofits through resource efficiency upgrades to reduce environmental impact and save money that can be reinvested into core programming. This group of grantees includes three historic theatres, as part of Southface’s partnership with the Fox Theatre Institute, along with schools, social justice organizations and other community-based nonprofits. Opened …

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Nine Examples That the Transition to a Regenerative Economy is Underway

Regenerative Design

This is the third article in a series on the Regenerative Economy. Read Part 1 on Regenerative Design and Part 2 on the Role of Public Policy on Regenerative Practices.   Perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “the journey is the destination.” It’s certainly true of the transition we must make from a linear economy to a regenerative one. Transforming our economy into one that creates more resources than it consumes will take every minute we have before our climate crisis …

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A Boys & Girls Club in Sarasota Partners with Southface’s GoodUse Grant Program To Reduce Environmental Impact and Costs

Green Building

When Covid-19 restricted in-person activities across the country, the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club site in Sarasota, Florida had to temporarily close its doors as it prepared for the protocols it needed to implement to keep its staff and club members safe going forward. Harvey, 7, loves technology and dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer. Aware of the growing need for services, especially among essential workers and high-risk families, the club quickly reopened two weeks later to serve the …

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All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota Becomes More Resource-Efficient and Improves Indoor Air Quality During COVID-19

Building Health

All Faiths Food Bank has been relieving hunger in the Sarasota, Florida, community since 1989, and like other social service providers across the country, demand surged in 2020 as Covid-19 spread across the country. In fact, 49% of All Faith’s clients were new last year. In order to keep up with need, the food bank took a number of measures including increasing shifts, created pre-packaged ‘no touch’ boxes, started a drive-thru model, held mass distributions in key locations and partnered …

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Public Policy: Catalyzing the Regenerative Economy

Regenerative Design

Part 2 of a three-part series on the Regenerative Economy. Click here to read Part 1 on Regenerative Design and Part 3 on examples of a Regenerative Economy. As the American population increased over the last 150 years, the cost of the “take-make-use-dispose” nature of the linear economy was not fully understood or appreciated. The economy generally thrived; the middle class grew as prosperity abounded for many. Yet, the evidence surrounded us – growing landfills, polluted ecosystems, economic disparity, and …

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Southface Launches Qual-ee™


ATLANTA, GA—February 17, 2021—Southface Institute announces the launch of Qual-ee, a credential management software for energy raters. This new, cloud-based offering will simplify Home Energy Rating System (HERS) credential management for both the Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) Providership and HERS Raters alike. Qual-ee was created to fulfill the need HERS Raters in the SERH Providership have to access information about their Home Energy Rater certification in real time. Active HERS Raters are required under the Residential Energy Services Network …


Coming Together to Restore and Protect Coastal Waters From Stormwater Pollution


Managing stormwater on coastal cities like Sarasota, Florida, is essential to preventing pollution and harmful impacts that runoff can have on coastal waters. Rainwater must be intercepted and purified by engineered or ecological systems to avoid transporting nutrients that would contaminate beachfronts, impair fishing and foster red tide. Experts at January’s Sustainability in Action Roundtable spoke about ways cities like Sarasota can and are addressing the problem from the source, whether from city streets, agricultural stockyards, transportation, suburban developments and …

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Big Data Brings Efficiency to Electric Georgia Fleets

Green Technology

With more people driving electric cars, there is a need for current, publicly available national data that provides insight on charging, driving patterns, and vehicle performance. However, for many city fleets, it can be expensive to manage a telematics program. Read the following article by our partner, Clean Cities-Georgia (CC-GA), and learn about an ongoing project that helps electric fleet operators understand how vehicles perform and report accurate cost savings associated with the zero-emission transition. Read more at

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City of Chamblee Adopts Sustainability Plan


Atlanta, GA—February 4, 2021—Southface Institute joins planning consultant TSW today in congratulating the City of Chamblee, Georgia, on adopting the Chamblee Sustainability Plan. The city anticipates this plan will help it achieve Platinum status within the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program. This designation would place Chamblee in the top five percent of sustainable municipalities in the region and in the company of high-achieving Georgia cities like Decatur and Norcross. The Sustainability Plan was developed jointly by Southface and lead …

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