Posts by Pamela Henman

Refreshing CARE: Assessing Indoor Environmental Quality

This spring, thanks to a $5 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, global humanitarian organization CARE launched an interior renovation of its downtown Atlanta office building, which has served as its global headquarters for the last 25 years. Before knocking down walls, applying new layers of paint and replacing old furniture with new,…

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Green Real Estate: Selling A Higher Standard

As consumers become increasingly aware of the benefits that green buildings offer, builders and developers are following suit. According to a recent study from the National Association of Home Builders, at least one-third of single and multifamily builders surveyed reported that green buildings make up a “significant portion” of their overall activity, representing more than 60 percent…

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Voting for the Future of Recreation: The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act

From the Ridge and Valley to the Lower Coastal Plain and in cities and communities across our state, Georgia boasts an abundance of spaces for recreational activity. From rivers, lakes and streams, to playgrounds, parks, greenspaces, and hiking trails, the state’s great outdoors nurtures wildlife habitats and provides plentiful space for people to play. According…

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Ask An Expert: What Is Lead RRP?

Older homes bring decades of character, and it’s been said that the greenest home is one that’s already built. However, along with charming handcrafted details and that “lived in” feeling, older homes can present health problems if not properly addressed. In 1978 the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in homes after studies…

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Building Sustainable Cities

Bright lights and soaring towers make up Atlanta’s iconic skyline, but also represent an opportunity to tackle one of the planet’s most pressing issues: energy and water consumption. According to the Department of Energy, about 20 percent of the energy used in the U.S. goes to power commercial buildings, and the Environmental Protection Agency reports…

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Powering a Movement: Solar, Efficiency, and Emerging Technologies

The energy crisis of the 1970s heralded a renaissance of research and investment in solar and energy-efficient technologies. Though early solar technology was cost-prohibitive for most consumers, the potential for renewable energy to revolutionize the market was clear. In Georgia, the Georgia Solar Coalition (later to become Southface) led the state in embracing solar technology…

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Getting To Zero Waste at Southface

Increasingly, consumers, corporations, and cities are waking the sleeping giant that is plastic pollution, as a recent spate of corporate and municipal bans on single use plastic items like plastic straws and bags make global headlines. According to the United Nations Environment, about 60 percent of the more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced since the early 1950s…

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5 Ways You Can Beat Plastic Pollution Today

Each year millions of tons of plastic waste pollutes our ecosystem and kills thousands of animals. Plastic pollution is our planet’s defining challenge and the focus of this year’s World Environment Day. On June 5, we join the UN and hundreds of countries in the effort to Beat Plastic Pollution. By 2050 an estimated 12…

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sonnen harnesses the 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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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, and August 18 is National Honey Bee Day. Recognized by 115 member states of the United Nations, including the United States, Canada, China,…

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