The Journal

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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The State of Rooftop Solar in Georgia

This article originally appeared in SaportaReport Sustainable Communities – Thought Leadership on July 23, 2018. By Bailey Shea Georgia’s solar capacity in 2017 ranked second in the Southeast. Ninety-five percent of this capacity is utility-scale solar farms, while only 5 percent is on rooftops. While Georgia has the potential to be a nationwide leader in…

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Bringing Sustainability To The Boys & Girls Clubs of America

By Haven Bills For most nonprofits, any opportunity to save money is a welcome one, as those savings can be invested in work which fulfills the organization’s mission. Utility bills represent one area where nonprofits can realize big savings, as inefficient buildings and fixtures can be a large portion of an organization’s operating expenses. Southface…

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