Are bioplastics better for the environment than conventional plastics?

Are Bioplastics an Environmental Solution to Plastic?

The term “bioplastics” sounds environmentally-friendly, right? But is it really better than conventional plastic? With so much confusion around plastic alternatives, and even with multiple definitions of bioplastic–one biodegradable and one not–it can be hard to make responsible purchases. We shouldn’t assume that all bioplastics can break down. Read more at eco-business.com

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By Southface Staff | July 18, 2019

Georgia Commission Recommits to Solar

On July 16, 2019, the Georgia Public Service Commissioners approved recommendations by Vote Solar and Southface Institute and committed Georgia Power to invest in more than two gigawatts of clean energy over the next three years. The two nonprofits presented expert testimony throughout the months-long case, imploring the Commission to increase Georgia’s commitments to renewable…

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By Southface Staff | July 16, 2019

Battery Energy Storage Could Help Tip the Scales for Wide-Spread Renewables Adoption

Is more wide-spread adoption of renewable energy at scale just around the corner? Many people in the industry see it as inevitable, though projected timeframes vary widely. The intermittent nature of wind and solar energy is one often-cited factor constraining wider adoption. Solar and wind provide varied output depending on geography, climate, weather and time…

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By Southface Staff | July 3, 2019

Climate Change: A Way Forward

From the United Nations’ international studies1 and accords2 to strategic planning efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense3, impacts of a rapidly changing global climate are being recognized and addressed around the world. Scientific data shows not only intensifying severe weather events and changing weather patterns but also accelerating atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, dying coral…

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By Southface Staff | June 4, 2019

What Does Food Insecurity Look Like in Atlanta?

For most of us, hunger can be solved by a trip to the kitchen. Mealtimes often revolve around planned ingredients, thoughtfully purchased during weekly grocery runs, or include impromptu restaurant visits. But for many Atlantans, food is an expense that has to take a backseat to more pressing needs. For these individuals and families, there…

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By Southface Staff | May 16, 2019

The Opportunity for Green Affordable Housing

April is National Fair Housing Month, a perfect time to shine light on Atlanta’s affordable housing challenges. Like many cities in a rapidly urbanizing area, Atlanta’s growth and increasing desirability come at the cost of its affordable housing options. As housing prices steadily rise, the options for lower- and middle-income Atlantans become fewer. But there…

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By Southface Staff | April 29, 2019

Everyone Has a Role in Community Health

Community health is about much more than healthcare, said panelists at the April edition of Southface Institute’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable. In fact, it depends on an entire network of factors to support the well-being of its members, with each participant playing a specific role. The April 12 panel focused on “Healthy Homes, Healthy Families,” and…

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By Southface Staff | April 19, 2019

Earth Day 2019: Past, Present and Future

Since 1970, billions of people around the world have celebrated Earth Day—that day of the year that reminds us to practice conservation and work for environmental sustainability. And every year, the impact of Earth Day compounds: More trees are planted, more petitions are signed and more communities learn how to implement eco-friendly actions and policies…

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By Southface Staff | April 19, 2019

The Dollars and Sense of Green Affordable Housing

We’ve updated and reposted this 2016 article to further the exchange happening this week for the 100 Great Ideas campaign, in which Atlanta community actors of all kinds are joining together to brainstorm ways to improve the city’s housing equity. Atlanta loses 1,500 affordable homes each year, and housing costs have increased by 48 percent since 2010. Join the conversation and share your ideas on the campaign’s Facebook page from April 8-12.

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By Southface Staff | April 9, 2019

7 Spring Resolutions for a More Sustainable Home

7 Spring Resolutions for a More Sustainable Home As people strive to become more environmentally conscious, the best place they can start is their own front door. According to statistics, we spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors¹ and the largest percentage of that is at home, so taking steps to make your…

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By Southface Staff | March 20, 2019

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