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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By Pamela Henman | September 28, 2018

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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By Pamela Henman | September 21, 2018

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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By Pamela Henman | August 30, 2018

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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By Southface Staff | July 24, 2018

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 Southface Staff | 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

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