Solar Arrays: A Vegetable’s Best Friend?

A new study has found a beneficial relationship between solar arrays and agricultural areas. Many animals and vegetable crops can thrive with the partial shade from the solar arrays. In turn, farmers receive a financial benefit from switching to renewable energy. This symbiotic relationship is becoming known as an “agrivoltaic system.”

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By Southface Curator | November 12, 2019

Lessons Learned on Southface’s Journey to Zero Waste

The 3Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—have been taught in many classrooms from elementary school. Unfortunately, most people skip steps “reduce” and “reuse” and immediately go to “recycle” or, worse yet, the trash can.But a world groaning under the volume of waste from its growing population needs to find solutions quickly. With changes in the international market for waste, this imperative continues to gain importance. Thankfully, the philosophy of “zero waste” is taking hold and offering real solutions to overflowing landfills.

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By Samantha Shaye | October 31, 2019

Buildings: the Next Opportunity for Carbon Reductions

Consumers, shareholders and employees are starting to demand that companies take responsibility for their carbon emissions. Since buildings contribute to nearly 40 percent of all carbon emissions, companies have an opportunity to make a real difference by building energy-efficient workplaces.

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By Southface Curator | October 18, 2019

Extreme Makeover for U.S. Power Grid as Renewables Increase

Clean energy is becoming mainstream, with roughly 15% of the electricity generated in the U.S. coming from sources like solar and wind. As renewable energy challenges the traditional methods of electricity generation, grid infrastructure is being updated so renewables can prosper—no easy task.

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By Southface Curator | October 16, 2019

Building Sustainable, Resilient Neighborhoods and Communities

Achieving sustainable systems in our cities and organizations takes community support and a multifaceted approach. Southface Institute’s work for resiliency and sustainability is three-tiered: green building that addresses climate change, supporting neighborhood resiliency and building stronger communities. Below, we’ve highlighted three of our programs that exemplify this approach.

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By Southface Staff | October 14, 2019

Cooling Our Atmosphere by Trapping Carbon

As communities close to home and around the globe experience increasingly severe and frequent weather impacts, climate change is top of mind for individuals and countries alike. One of the greatest culprits in a warming Earth is the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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By Southface Staff | September 24, 2019

True Cost of Climate Change-Fueled Disasters Higher Than Estimates

Studies have said that the cost of climate change-related disasters could reduce the U.S. GDP by 6% to 14% by the end of this century. Allocating funds to disaster recovery means taking them away from other areas essential for growth. NOAA calculated that for 2017 and 2018, productive growth investments lost $400 billion because of what was instead used to respond to climate-related disaster.

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By Southface Curator | September 4, 2019

Five Low-Impact Solutions for Managing Stormwater in an Urban Environment

Heavy summer rainfall is common in the hot and humid subtropical climate of the Southeast. What happens to all that water? Until communities flood or their water sources become contaminated, most of us don’t think about it. In fact, excess stormwater runoff can damage land and buildings, parks, playgrounds and more. As stormwater flows over land, it picks up contaminants including debris, oils, grease, metals and excess nutrients from fertilizers. If not mitigated, it can contaminate habitats and waterways.

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By Southface Staff | September 3, 2019

Resilience Hubs: Equitable Resource Centers That Foster Community and Give Support During Emergencies

During times of natural disaster, an entire network of resources and people must come together to repair and rebuild essential infrastructure that allows for provision of critical services—including medical care, clean water and fresh food—all of which require a reliable and steady source of electricity. Individual entities might provide for their own backup power with generators or microgrids that continue working when shared electrical infrastructure is down. But how can communities ensure more equitable access to electricity during emergencies? Resilience hubs are one way.

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By Southface Staff | August 8, 2019

7 Ways to Make Business Operations More Sustainable

Thanks to environmental, social and business trends, sustainability is becoming much more of a priority for businesses. It not only affects companies’ cost structures, but it is increasingly a crucial differentiator for investors, consumers and B2B customers. What’s the best way to approach integrating sustainable practices in business operations?

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By Southface Staff | August 1, 2019

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