Building a Resilient and Sustainable Community

Climate Change
Resiliency planning helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies of all kinds. It is especially important in vulnerable communities, as 2020 has shown with its many unexpected challenges, including the pandemic, racial unrest and a variety of climate-related disasters. How can cities build resiliency to include all members of the …

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.

Social Moves to the Forefront of ESG

When thinking about sustainability, people often refer to the environmental aspect. This is also true when thinking about the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors used to evaluate companies’ sustainability efforts.

How Some Local Businesses Face Operations Amid COVID-19

Events
Innovation, creativity, connection and flexibility are part of a successful entrepreneur’s lifeblood at any time, and they are especially necessary during times of crisis, said panelists at Southface Institute’s June Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable.

Increase in Home Energy Bills This Summer

While the spread of COVID-19 remains uncertain, working from home is quickly becoming the new normal, leading to more at-home energy costs. A predicted one-third of Americans will see a 10-15% increase in their energy bills this summer because of virus-related changes at work, which means spending between $2 and $37 more, according to Arcadia, an energy and analytic company.

Atlanta History Center Documents the City’s Pandemic Experience

Communities
As we slog through the trenches of 2020, which is leaving one of the most cataclysmic wakes in contemporary memory, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that this is some amazing history we’re living through. With the coronavirus pandemic and the social transformation carried by the protests against racism, the coming years will look and feel different in many ways. On the COVID-19 front, there’s one Atlanta institution that didn’t miss a beat in recording its significance to our greater metro—the Atlanta History Center (AHC). With the Corona Collective, they are asking Atlantans to help future generations and ourselves remember the details of this time by submitting their individual pieces of it.

The Effect of COVID-19 on Indoor Air Quality

Building Health
Research shows that coronavirus infections spread more easily indoors because of dense areas and shared airspace. With office spaces moving toward a more open concept, we are seeing more occupants, new ventilation improvements that allow for filtered air over fresh air and more energy-efficient offices. Indoor air quality is becoming the main focus as businesses reopen, and sustainability experts are hopeful that it presents an opportunity to create more sustainable ventilation systems.

A Tool for More Equitable Development in Atlanta

Communities
In this moment of social transformation, with the country and Atlanta in protest against police brutality, racially driven murder and the structural racism that has impacted the Black community for centuries, the need for development in our cities that recognizes potential displacement and needs of existing residents is more vital than ever.