Posts by Southface Staff

Southface Assists in First Water Efficiency Standards for U.S. Buildings
Alongside national partners, Southface Institute creates groundbreaking water auditing tool

May 31 saw the release of Water Audit Guidance for Commercial Buildings, a multiyear effort by City Energy Project, headed by the Institute for Market Transformation and the Natural Resource Defense Council, together with Southface Institute, H.W. (Bill) Hoffman & Associates, LLC, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (and partners) and 20 local governments, to create the first comprehensive guide to propose water efficiency measures for commercial buildings.

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Climate Change: A Way Forward

From the United Nations’ international studies1 and accords2 to strategic planning efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense3, impacts of a rapidly changing global climate are being recognized and addressed around the world. Scientific data shows not only intensifying severe weather events and changing weather patterns but also accelerating atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, dying coral…

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What Does Food Insecurity Look Like in Atlanta?

For most of us, hunger can be solved by a trip to the kitchen. Mealtimes often revolve around planned ingredients, thoughtfully purchased during weekly grocery runs, or include impromptu restaurant visits. But for many Atlantans, food is an expense that has to take a backseat to more pressing needs. For these individuals and families, there…

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The Opportunity for Green Affordable Housing

April is National Fair Housing Month, a perfect time to shine light on Atlanta’s affordable housing challenges. Like many cities in a rapidly urbanizing area, Atlanta’s growth and increasing desirability come at the cost of its affordable housing options. As housing prices steadily rise, the options for lower- and middle-income Atlantans become fewer. But there…

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Everyone Has a Role in Community Health

Community health is about much more than healthcare, said panelists at the April edition of Southface Institute’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable. In fact, it depends on an entire network of factors to support the well-being of its members, with each participant playing a specific role. The April 12 panel focused on “Healthy Homes, Healthy Families,” and…

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Earth Day 2019: Past, Present and Future

Since 1970, billions of people around the world have celebrated Earth Day—that day of the year that reminds us to practice conservation and work for environmental sustainability. And every year, the impact of Earth Day compounds: More trees are planted, more petitions are signed and more communities learn how to implement eco-friendly actions and policies…

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The Dollars and Sense of Green Affordable Housing

We’ve updated and reposted this 2016 article to further the exchange happening this week for the 100 Great Ideas campaign, in which Atlanta community actors of all kinds are joining together to brainstorm ways to improve the city’s housing equity. Atlanta loses 1,500 affordable homes each year, and housing costs have increased by 48 percent since 2010. Join the conversation and share your ideas on the campaign’s Facebook page from April 8-12.

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Test Your Home Health Smarts

Think you know everything about keeping a healthy home? Prove it! Take the quiz and see if you can spot the facts from the fiction when it comes to maintaining a clean and safe living space.

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