Sarah Hill Wins Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2014 40 Under 40 Award

Southface LEED for Homes Project Manager Sarah Hill has been awarded the Atlanta Business Chronicle‘s 2014 40 Under 40 Award for her dedication to making Atlanta’s built environment healthier, more durable and more energy-efficient. In addition to managing the LEED for Homes program at Southface, Sarah serves on the board of Live Thrive Atlanta, a local nonprofit that she co-founded in 2010 to encourage reuse while diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta households, water supplies and landfills. Recognizing the need for a permanent drop-off facility for hard to recycle materials, Sarah helped form CHaRM, a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, which will open in January 2015.

Sarah was selected by the Chronicle from a pool of over 600 nominations for the prestigious award, which honors individuals working to make Atlanta a better place.

This is an excerpt of the Atlanta Business’s Chronicle’s article on award winners. To read the full article, click here.

This energetic and vibrant class of leaders exemplify service through responsibility in their everyday lives, from their dynamic and impactful professional roles to their myriad methods of making the Atlanta community better than ever. Taking the reins in the workplace and as volunteers, these men and women find matchless rewards in pouring their energy and commitment into a shared vision for a brighter tomorrow.

Mia Pilato presents the 40 Under 40 Award to Sarah Hill Photo Credit: Byron E. Small, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mia Pilato presents the 40 Under 40 Award to Sarah Hill
Photo Credit: Byron E. Small, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sarah Hill, 34
LEED for Homes project manager, Southface

While earning her graduate degree in architecture from Georgia Tech, Sarah Hill became passionate about providing environmentally sustainable design solutions to underprivileged communities who typically do not have access to architectural design services.

That passion led Hill to work with local nonprofits such as Habit for Humanity and Architecture for Humanity and, ultimately, to Southface Energy Institute, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that provides education, advocacy and technical support for sustainable building practices throughout the Southeast.

As a project manager for Southface’s Residential Green Building Services team, Hill manages the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program, providing technical assistance and performance testing for projects in the metro Atlanta area. Working with both market rate and affordable housing projects, such as Imperial Hotel and Ponce City Market, has allowed Hill to share her vision for environmentally responsible design with the Atlanta community.

“Knowing that my work helps to provide more durable and energy-efficient buildings for the city and healthier homes for our residents is what makes me tick,” Hill said.

Beyond her full-time work at Southface, Hill co-founded Live Thrive Atlanta in 2010, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and waste collection events.

“Sarah never shies away from a challenge …,” said Southface CEO Dennis Creech.


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