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Nine Examples That the Transition to a Regenerative Economy is Underway

By Shane Totten, AIA, BIT Pro and Bailey Shea This is the third article in a series on the Regenerative Economy. Read Part 1 on Regenerative Design and Part 2 on the Role of Public Policy on Regenerative Practices. Perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “the journey is the destination.” It’s certainly true of the transition we must make […]

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Using the Levers of Policy to Achieve a Regenerative Economy

By Shane Totten,  Catherine Butler Gunter, and Lisa Bianchi-Fossati of Southface Institute Part 2 in a three-part series on the Regenerative Economy. Read Part 1 on Regenerative Design. As the American population increased over the last 150 years, the cost of the “take-make-use-dispose” nature of the linear economy was not fully understood or appreciated. The […]

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The Regenerative Economy: Sustaining Society’s Future by Design

By Shane Totten, AIA, BIT Pro  Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the health of Western societies/economies has been measured by their year-over-year growth. Much of that growth has relied on harvesting readily available, cheap materials to produce products for a growing consumer base. Once those products are no longer needed or wanted, consumers […]

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Local Eagle Scout Project Highlights the Positive Impact Youth Can Make in Sustainability

By Stephen Ward, Southface Institute Facility Manager As a demonstration facility of all things sustainable, Southface Institute showcases many operational features, including methods to process food and gardening waste. Due to its age and exposure to the elements, Southface’s outdoor composting system had started to break down, making it difficult to properly maintain the right […]

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Georgia School Blazes Trail to Become 100% Solar-Powered

Featured Image: The SAE School in Mableton is on its way to becoming Georgia’s first 100% solar-powered school. Photo courtesy of Southface Institute. By Southface On a hot, humid September day, dozens of students, teachers, well-wishers and project participants gathered outside of The SAE School in Mableton. The occasion was to celebrate a ribbon-cutting of […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs Provide Heroic Meal Service to Northwest Montana Communities

Featured Image: Volunteers prepare hundreds of meals for the Flathead Reservation and Lake County’s pandemic-affected communities. In a location that already struggles with food insecurity, Club Director Aric Cooksley says they had to move fast. Photos by Jimmy Ray Stagg By Emily Proctor, Southface Institute The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation and […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs Come to the Rescue of First Responders

By Emily Proctor, Southface Institute Always on the frontline of communities in need, nonprofits are now struggling more than ever to provide for those who depend on them, with competition for donation dollars fierce in the COVID-19 environment. Even so, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, a grantee of Southface’s GoodUse program, quickly saw the […]

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Building Science Expertise Helping At-Risk Seniors Stay in Their Homes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Southface staff and friends during the orientation to the house they would be working on during the MLK Service Project in Decatur, GA Southface Institute staffers joined 954 volunteers at the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project in Decatur, Georgia By Sarah Mundell, Southface Institute Southface Institute is honored to share the hometown […]

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What the 2020 Georgia Energy Code Updates Mean for You

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text dp_text_size=”size-4″] Starting January 1 there are new regulations to follow By Sarah Mundell, Southface Institute Attention building professionals: Effective January 1, 2020, all new construction and renovations in Georgia must comply with new State Minimum Standard Energy Code, the first major revision of the energy code in nearly a decade. The new code includes […]

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Southface Institute – A Look Back on a Successful 2019

By Southface Board of Directors As 2019 draws to a close, Southface Institute is thankful for the victories that supporters have helped the nonprofit achieve in creating more sustainable homes, workplaces and communities here in Atlanta, in the Southeast and across the country. Here are a few of the standout accomplishments this year.  High-Performance Practices […]

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The Challenges of Urban Stormwater

By Southface Institute with Katherine Zitsch and Katherine Atteberry Leading up to Southface Institute’s December 6 Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable, the second in a two-part series on Protecting Our Water Resources in an Urban Environment, Katherine Zitsch and Katherine Atteberry from the Atlanta Regional Commission answer a few questions about how stormwater pushes urban areas to […]

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Lessons Learned on Southface Institute’s Journey to Zero Waste

By By Samantha Shaye, Southface Institute 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 […]

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7 Ways to Make Small Business Operations More Sustainable

By Southface Staff Thanks to environmental, social and business trends, sustainability is becoming much more of a priority for businesses. It not only affects companies’ cost structures, but it is increasingly a crucial differentiator for investors, consumers and B2B customers. What’s the best way to approach integrating sustainable practices in business operations?  Here are seven […]

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Building a Sustainable City

by Pamela Henman, Southface 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 […]

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How Georgia is Improving Affordable Housing as a Platform for Health

By Jimmy Dills, Georgia Health Policy Center Access to quality, affordable housing is critical for supporting good health. For individuals and families with tight budgets, high housing costs can lead to tough choices between making rent and going to the doctor, between keeping the lights on and buying healthy food, or even between being part […]