sonnenBatterie harnesses power of Georgia’s solar market

In 2017, the City of Atlanta enacted legislation to power municipal buildings and facilities using 100 percent clean electricity by 2025, and over the next decade the entire city is expected to run on clean energy. This commitment presents a boon for one of the state’s leading clean energy sources — solar power. With a…

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By Pamela Henman | May 21, 2018

Build Some Buzz for World Bee Day

Honey bees are perhaps one of the most crucial critters in our ecosystem, and its our responsibility to ensure their health and protection. May 20 is the first ever World Bee Day. Recognized by 115 member states of the United Nations, including the United States, Canada, China, India, and the European Union, World Bee Day…

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By Pamela Henman | May 16, 2018

EarthCraft Makes History with the Georgia Trust

By David Bailey and Pamela Henman A single-family home has never before achieved EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation certification, but thanks to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a longtime resident of Atlanta’s Westside community, that might change. In March, The Georgia Trust acquired three single-family properties along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail – two historic…

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By Pamela Henman | May 11, 2018

Arbor Day Every Day: A Tree-Free Alternative for the Office

From memos to contracts, to-do-lists and reports, paper is a part of office life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of all office waste is paper, but this presents a ripe opportunity for us to reduce paper use and take advantage of tree-free alternatives that contribute to a circular economy. Tree Zero is…

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By Pamela Henman | April 27, 2018

Weaving Sustainability Into What We Wear

Textile production is a global, resource-intensive process that takes immense amounts of water, fossil fuels, and chemicals to produce just one piece of clothing. There’s an 85% chance that single item of clothing will end up in a landfill.   On May 4, Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) explores the environmental and social impact of…

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By Pamela Henman | April 25, 2018

Here’s Why We Feel Optimistic This Earth Day (And You Should Too)

So far, 2018 has been a pretty tough year for the planet. So was 2017. And 2016. In fact, the past 16 years have been the warmest years on record, according to NASA. The rate at which the average global surface temperatures has increased has been 233% since 1980. Yet we remain optimistic. In Atlanta…

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By David Bailey | April 22, 2018

3 Things You Should Know About Your House But You Probably Don’t

No matter the size, homes are highly-complex structures with a foundation built on science. From air conditioning and water heaters to insulation and air sealing, the mechanical systems in our buildings are deeply interconnected, and interior and exterior components must work in harmony to ensure your home is comfortable, secure, and energy efficient. Southface’s Fundamentals…

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By David Bailey | April 17, 2018

4 Energy Efficiency Myths And What You Can Do About It

  Spring and summer are the perfect time of year for homeowners to boost their home’s energy efficiency. Common outdoor allergens from pollen in early spring to ragweed in late summer affect many, but indoor pollutants like mold also play a role in your overall health. Additionally, higher temperatures lead to higher energy bills, so…

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By David Bailey | April 9, 2018

Advancing the Case for an Energy-Efficient Georgia: The Water-Energy Nexus

Southface and the Southern Environmental Law Center are pleased to present “The Water-Energy Nexus in Georgia: A Detailed Examination of Consumptive Water Use in the Power Sector.” Our goals in commissioning this analysis were to clarify the scale and nature of water use by the electric power sector in Georgia and to enrich the ongoing…

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By Pamela Henman | April 3, 2018

Transforming Transit: Catching Up With TransFormation Alliance’s Odetta MacLeish-White

In October 2017, Odetta MacLeish-White was appointed the first managing director of The TransFormation Alliance (TFA), a collaboration of metro Atlanta organizations that promotes the development of thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit. On April 6, she will moderate Southface’s monthly policy forum, the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART). April’s SART focuses on building equity in transit-oriented development,…

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By Pamela Henman | March 29, 2018

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