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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By Staff Writer | July 11, 2018

Avalon Catering To Bring Sustainable, Local Flavor To Summer Solstice

Summer is here, and with it comes the chance to taste the best of what the season offers – juicy watermelon, golden ears of corn, ripe tomatoes, and more make for a delightful meal that can be sourced from our own backyards. As a state-of-the-art demonstration facility and industry leader throughout the Southeast, Southface hosts…

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By David Bailey | June 15, 2018

Training The Next Generation of Green Building Professionals

Over the past two years, Georgia’s construction industry has seen a 5.5 percent annual increase. As demand for green building grows in Atlanta and statewide, Southface teamed up with a west Atlanta high school to cultivate the next generation of green building professionals and prepare them for a successful, rewarding career in a growing market.…

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By David Bailey | June 6, 2018

5 Ways You Can Beat Plastic Pollution Today

Each year millions of tons of plastic waste pollutes our ecosystem and kills thousands of animals. Plastic pollution is our planet’s defining challenge and the focus of this year’s World Environment Day. On June 5, we join the UN and hundreds of countries in the effort to Beat Plastic Pollution. By 2050 an estimated 12…

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By Pamela Henman | June 4, 2018

sonnen harnesses the power of Georgia’s solar market

In 2017, the City of Atlanta enacted legislation to power municipal buildings and facilities using 100 percent clean electricity by 2025, and over the next decade the entire city is expected to run on clean energy. This commitment presents a boon for one of the state’s leading clean energy sources — solar power. With a…

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By Pamela Henman | May 21, 2018

Build Some Buzz for World Bee Day

Honey bees are perhaps one of the most crucial critters in our ecosystem, and its our responsibility to ensure their health and protection. May 20 is the first ever World Bee Day, and August 18 is National Honey Bee Day. Recognized by 115 member states of the United Nations, including the United States, Canada, China,…

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By Pamela Henman | May 16, 2018

EarthCraft Makes History with the Georgia Trust

By David Bailey and Pamela Henman A single-family home has never before achieved EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation certification, but thanks to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a longtime resident of Atlanta’s Westside community, that might change. In March, The Georgia Trust acquired three single-family properties along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail – two historic…

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By Pamela Henman | May 11, 2018

Arbor Day Every Day: A Tree-Free Alternative for the Office

From memos to contracts, to-do-lists and reports, paper is a part of office life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of all office waste is paper, but this presents a ripe opportunity for us to reduce paper use and take advantage of tree-free alternatives that contribute to a circular economy. Tree Zero is…

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By Pamela Henman | April 27, 2018

Weaving Sustainability Into What We Wear

Textile production is a global, resource-intensive process that takes immense amounts of water, fossil fuels, and chemicals to produce just one piece of clothing. There’s an 85% chance that single item of clothing will end up in a landfill.   On May 4, Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) explores the environmental and social impact of…

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By Pamela Henman | April 25, 2018

Here’s Why We Feel Optimistic This Earth Day (And You Should Too)

So far, 2018 has been a pretty tough year for the planet. So was 2017. And 2016. In fact, the past 16 years have been the warmest years on record, according to NASA. The rate at which the average global surface temperatures has increased has been 233% since 1980. Yet we remain optimistic. In Atlanta…

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By David Bailey | April 22, 2018

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