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COVID-19 Crisis: 60 Organizations Call on Georgia Governor to Take Immediate Action to Ensure Residents are Protected from Utility Shut-Offs

ATLANTA – April 1, 2020 – Today, 60 organizations across Georgia called on Governor Brian Kemp to take immediate action pursuant to his authority granted under the state’s emergency management act to ensure utility customers remain connected to essential electric, gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications networks, both during and after the coronavirus emergency. State executive action is needed for several reasons, outlined in a letter from the organizations to Governor Kemp.

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Co-Hosted Earth Hour Celebration Goes Virtual!
Atlantans can go lights-out together on March 28 via an online event hosted by Southface Institute and Piedmont Park Conservancy

ATLANTA, GA – March 20, 2020 – Southface Institute and the Piedmont Park Conservancy are hosting an Earth Hour Virtual Celebration on March 28, 2020, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. as part of a yearly global appointment when people in over 180 countries turn off their lights for one hour in solidarity for the planet’s future. In a time when we’re being asked to distance ourselves for the sake of community health and safety, Earth Hour gives us an opportunity to come together with those nearest to us and with others around the world to show our commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle.

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New Date for Southface Institute’s 2020 Greenprints Conference
In light of coronavirus concerns, conference to better serve attendees, speakers and sponsors in June

Atlanta, GA – March 10, 2020 – Southface Institute is rescheduling its Greenprints Conference, the Southeast’s most respected and thought-provoking forum on sustainability to June 3 – 4 at Georgia State University. Architects, engineers, building professionals and members of the policy and education fields can register now to earn CEUs, learn about the latest developments in urban sustainability and join panel discussions on how regenerative policies and practices can be implemented across every scale of development to improve a healthier built environment for all.

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W&A Engineering’s Historic Athens HQ Achieves EarthCraft Certification
Office’s EarthCraft Light Commercial FitOut status is the first in Athens

ATLANTA, GA – February 26, 2020 – W&A Engineering has completed the rehabilitation of a 10,000 square foot, 118-year-old mill building for use as its new headquarters. As part of that project, the company pursued EarthCraft Light Commercial (ECLC) FitOut, a green building certification developed by Southface Institute as part of its EarthCraft program. W&A’s certification is the first in Athens and only the second in the Southeast under this category.

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Affordable Housing Community Unveils Rooftop Solar Array
Southface Institute partners to bring resource savings to West Atlanta’s Quest Communities

Atlanta, GA—February 25, 2020— Today at 3:30 p.m., Solarize Atlanta will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Quest Communities, unveiling a donated solar array. Members of the Atlanta City Council will speak at the community gathering, as well as Nathaniel Smith, Chief Equity Officer of Partnership for Southern Equity. Quest Communities, a West Atlanta affordable housing development, is located at 878 Rock St NW, Atlanta GA, 30314.

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Double Recognition of Southface Institute President Andrea Pinabell for Sustainability Leadership
Georgia Trend and Atlanta Magazine honor the new decade’s top Georgians

Atlanta, GA — January 3, 2020 — Southface Institute President Andrea Pinabell has been selected as a 2020 Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend magazine and one of the Atlanta 500, Atlanta Magazine’s list of the city’s most powerful leaders, in the “Religion, Nonprofits and Advocacy” category. Since 2017, Pinabell has led Southface in its 40-plus-year effort to promote more sustainable homes, workplaces and communities in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.

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Clarkston and Fulton County Among SSCF Investment Recipients
Southface joins Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund implementation partners

The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) is pleased to announce that the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) will invest $1,500,000 to support five sustainability projects in the Southeast. Grantees include Clarkston, Georgia; Fulton County, Georgia; Durham, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Miami, Florida.

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The Challenges of Urban Stormwater

Stormwater management is a pressing issue for any urban environment, and Atlanta is no different. Katherine Zitsch and Katherine Atteberry from the Atlanta Regional Commission talked with Southface about how stormwater concerns push urban areas to respond with creativity to both structural and social challenges.

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Energy-Efficient Adair Court Housing to Be Unveiled on Beltline
Cherry Street Energy, Southface Institute and partners celebrate new senior mixed-income community

ATLANTA, GA – November 14, 2019 – Cherry Street Energy is proud to partner with Parallel Housing and Woda Cooper Companies on the Adair Court Housing Development, celebrating its grand opening on Friday, November 15, at 10 a.m. Located at 806 Murphy Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, Adair Court is a mixed-income senior community in Adair Park, on the Atlanta Beltline. There are two buildings in the housing development for seniors aged 55 years and above. Nineteen of the units are reserved for residents earning up to 50% of the area median income (AMI) and 58 units for residents earning 60% AMI.

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Southface Institute to Receive a 2019 Leadership Award From the U.S. Green Building Council
Leadership recipients will be honored at Greenbuild Atlanta on Nov. 20

Atlanta, GA – October 30, 2019 – Southface Institute has been selected as a 2019 Leadership Award recipient by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Southface joins 19 others who are using green building and sustainable practices to improve quality of life for those around them. Southface President Andrea Pinabell will accept the award at the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

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