Atlanta's built environment can transmit COVID-19

New Report Summarizes How to Minimize COVID-19 Spread in the Built Environment

In early March, researchers published “2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: A Review of the Current Literature and Built Environment (BE) Considerations to Reduce Transmission,” a paper summarizing how to control COVID-19 and other similar pathogens from spreading throughout the built environment.

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By Southface Curator | April 2, 2020
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We All Play a Part in Community Health

A viral pandemic makes our connections clear, yet the same intertwined network is always part of our community health, though seen (or unseen) in different ways. We hope you find insightful context in this republished summary of our April 2019 Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable panel, featuring local experts speaking on “Healthy Homes, Health Families” and the broad vision of what is needed to improve the health of every member of the community, especially the underserved.

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By Sarah Mundell | March 26, 2020
Sustainability Veterans advising how to a career within sustainability

Lessons from Sustainability Veterans

Deep listening, selfless systems thinking and resourcefulness are among the list of important attributes to possess for someone who wants to move up in their sustainability career, according to sustainability veterans. These professionals have held leadership roles in the world of corporate sustainability, and they are brainstorming ways and passing along lessons to help the next generation of sustainability leaders be successful.

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By Southface Curator | March 25, 2020
Night sky During Earth Hour

Nothing Can Stop Us from Marking Earth Hour 2020: Bringing the Celebrations Online!

During this time when more of our household members are working and studying from home, sometimes connected to multiple devices for hours on end, the energy savings that may come from reduced commutes may be offset by increased at-home use.

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By Kat Schaich | March 20, 2020
A phone with social media apps, including Instagram

Social Media Re-imagined: How a Designer Developed a Green Version of Instagram

Phones and communication networks could consume 21% of global energy consumption by 2030. Tom Jarrett, a designer at the U.K. design studio Normally heard this and started researching how to redesign the internet to use less energy. Find out how his version of Instagram limits its energy consumption and carbon footprint.

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By Southface Curator | March 17, 2020
Lightning storms can cause power outages without a microgrid

Microgrids Ensure a Resilient Future

As natural disasters become more common and destructive, the electric grid will continue to fail and power outages will become a frequent occurrence. Installing microgrids can strengthen the grid at large and prevent power interruptions. Find out about how microgrids distribute energy resources and are able to be both be grid-tied and break from the main grid in times of crisis.

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By Southface Curator | March 11, 2020
Greenprints Conference June 3-4, 2020

How Do We Build a More Regenerative Southeast?
The June 3-4 Greenprints Conference offers a panorama of the latest in green building science

In a quickly urbanizing world, our cities are increasingly the center of all things—economic development, housing and jobs. Within these cities, our existing buildings are aging fast, and sustainable and high-performance practices for new construction are struggling to proliferate fast enough to keep pace with the degrading building inventory that is producing more than 40% of all carbon emissions, causing direct health problems for many, while contributing to a warming planet for all.

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By Sarah Mundell | March 6, 2020
Tree coming through circular staircase

Linear to Circular Economy: Who’s Responsible?

When consumers choose products and services that aim to eliminate waste and encourage the continual use and reuse of resources, they are encouraging a more circular economy. In fact, consumer choices are the biggest driving force behind growing industry shifts from linear to circular models. To appeal to customers, the government and employee demands, most industries are evolving to incorporate circularity in the product itself, its production and consumption.

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By Southface Curator | March 4, 2020
Electric Vehicle Charging Station

New Report Provides Pathway to Cut Carbon by 60%

A new report, Sector Coupling in Europe: Powering Decarbonization, reveals that if the transportation, building and industry sectors all electrified at the same time, they could cut their carbon emissions by 60% over the next three decades. The report recommends different approaches to electrification, while considering the extent of clean energy policies implemented by the government.

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By Southface Curator | February 25, 2020
Creative young business people at a B Corporation

More Sustainable Business Models: What Are B Corporations?

There is a growing trend among businesses seeking to underscore their support of sustainable practices to become B-Corps, a designation that emphasizes a balance of profit and purpose. Certified B-corporations are required to include their employees, customers, suppliers, community and the environment in their actions. The certification is not easy to achieve, but consumers are influencing how companies think about their larger impact, not just their earnings.

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By Southface Curator | February 20, 2020

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