The Journal

More Battery Storage Needed for Reliable Clean Energy

Homes, workplaces and communities all want to be powered by clean energy at all times of the day–not just when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Battery storage is essential in stabilizing a grid that provides consistent power. As the battery storage market grows and its prices decline, there will be an increasing need for new infrastructure.

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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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Solar Arrays: A Vegetable’s Best Friend?

A new study has found a beneficial relationship between solar arrays and agricultural areas. Many animals and vegetable crops can thrive with the partial shade from the solar arrays. In turn, farmers receive a financial benefit from switching to renewable energy. This symbiotic relationship is becoming known as an “agrivoltaic system.”

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Lessons Learned on Southface’s Journey to Zero Waste

The 3Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—have been taught in many classrooms from elementary school. Unfortunately, most people skip steps “reduce” and “reuse” and immediately go to “recycle” or, worse yet, the trash can.But a world groaning under the volume of waste from its growing population needs to find solutions quickly. With changes in the international market for waste, this imperative continues to gain importance. Thankfully, the philosophy of “zero waste” is taking hold and offering real solutions to overflowing landfills.

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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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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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True Cost of Climate Change-Fueled Disasters Higher Than Estimates

Studies have said that the cost of climate change-related disasters could reduce the U.S. GDP by 6% to 14% by the end of this century. Allocating funds to disaster recovery means taking them away from other areas essential for growth. NOAA calculated that for 2017 and 2018, productive growth investments lost $400 billion because of what was instead used to respond to climate-related disaster.

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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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