Posts by Southface Staff

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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Historic Single-Family Home for Sale in Washington Park
Southface Institute and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation partner to make this Post-WWII home near the Westside Beltline Trail sustainable and affordable

ATLANTA, GA – October 07, 2019 – Southface Institute and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation have partnered once again to continue making historic preservation sustainable. In a partnership with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and EarthCraft, 1138 Harwell St. began as an endangered historical property and has been transformed into a renovated model for affordably priced housing in Atlanta. The historic home is now on the market and will be available to tour on Thursday, October 16th.

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City Council Approves $950,000 Grant to Southface Institute
Plumbing Repair Program Will Continue to Provide Free Repairs to Qualifying Residents

Recent Posts Building Sustainable, Resilient Neighborhoods and Communities October 14, 2019 Historic Single-Family Home for Sale in Washington Park Southface Institute and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation partner to make this Post-WWII home near the Westside Beltline Trail sustainable and affordable October 14, 2019 City Council Approves $950,000 Grant to Southface Institute Plumbing Repair…

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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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Southface Purchases Piece of Civic Center Property
Historic step secures home of Southeast’s premiere sustainability nonprofit

ATLANTA, GA – September 20, 2019 – Southface Institute and Atlanta Housing have closed on the first transaction of approximately 0.7 acres, which includes the existing Southface campus, located at 241 Pine Street NE. Southface has been on this site, under a long-term land lease, since 1995 when it moved from Moreland Avenue to construct a demonstration facility that highlights residential sustainability in partnership with the City of Atlanta prior to the 1996 Olympic Games.

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Event to Feature Author Eric Klinenberg Discussing Bestseller Palaces for the People
Fireside Chat with Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane will explore how social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarization and the decline of civic life.

Discussion with Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane and Author Eric Klinenberg about his book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life

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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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What You’ll Find at Greenbuild 2019

WHAT TO EXPECT — This year at Greenbuild, there’s plenty to see and do. Four days of networking, education and new technology focused on sustainability in the built environment. Participate with Greenbuild and return to the field armed with the education and discoveries that will empower your decisions, influence your actions and inspire your dialogue—prompting you to share sustainability with others.

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Southface Releases Guides to Updated 2020 Energy Code
Best practices from building science experts serve as roadmap to higher building standards

ATLANTA, GA—August 20, 2019—Southface Institute released Georgia 2020 Energy Code Field Guides for both residential and commercial buildings, providing vital guidance for the dramatically updated code. Developed in partnership with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), these resources will be used on jobsites by inspectors and subcontractors to support implementation of Georgia’s 2020 Residential and Commercial Building Energy Codes, which are set to go into effect on January 1, 2020.

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