The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) announced the top performers of 2016 (based on 2015 year-end data) at its annual recognition event held at the College Football Hall of Fame. In addition to the year’s top performers, six participants received outstanding achievement awards for milestones and work related to the Challenge.
Nonprofits Show Positive Results by Leading the Way in Energy and Water Efficiency
Southface announced today that both of its teams - Boys & Girls Clubs All Stars and Grants to Green 2015 successfully completed EPA’s 2015 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition. The competition was a chance for more than 6,500 buildings and 125 teams to save money as they competed to improve energy and water efficiency, lower utility costs and protect public health and the environment. Combined, the Southface teams reduced their energy and water costs by more than $455,000 in 2015.
Park Pride has announced that 15 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb have received grant awards to fund capital park improvements. To date, Park Pride has awarded over $4.1 million to projects that include new playgrounds, land acquisitions, bridges, improved signage, new trails and exercise equipment, and more.
Park Pride its introduced matching grant programs in 2004, offering awards of varying amounts to groups seeking to revitalize their community greenspaces. Award recipients receive matching funds through three distinct grants: Legacy Grants (up to $100,000), funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation; Community Building Grants ($2,500-$50,000), funded by The Home Depot Foundation; and Small Change Grants (up to $2,500), funded by the Cecil B. Day Foundation.
Consider Carpooling and Taking Transit to Reduce Pollutants
As summer heat brings peak smog season to metro Atlanta, regular Smog Alerts are being issued by Georgia Commute Options, the Georgia DOT’s program designed to promote alternatives to driving alone. Due to new standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this year’s Smog Alerts are approaching record-setting frequency, already doubling last year’s number of smog alerts. These new EPA standards, set to improve public health and reduce air pollution, prompt smog alerts at lower pollution levels.
Winners Announced for food system-focused biomimicry innovation challenge
Hundreds of students and professionals answered the call to help fix our broken food system by looking to nature to create design solutions. Now, after receiving 86 submissions from 18 countries, the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge judges have chosen ten winning teams to receive cash prizes and, for some, the chance to bring their biomimetic solution to market and compete for the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize.
Majority of Award Winners from the Southeast who Highlight Improvements in Existing Buildings – Responsible for Almost 50% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Urban Green Council announced the winners of the fifth annual EBie awards, which celebrate significant energy performance improvements in existing buildings and the people who made them happen. Each year the EBies™(EE-bees, short for Existing Buildings) are awarded as part of a national juried competition created by Urban Green Council at an Oscars-style awards show at the Hard Rock Cafe LIVE Theater in Times Square. This year’s awards ceremony took place on Monday night in front of an audience that included green buildings contractors, engineers, architects, and other members of the green building industry.