Each September a national coalition of electric vehicle groups hosts Electric Vehicle Drive Week. This year the Atlanta coalition partners hosted an event at Avalon in Alpharetta. With over 40 cars on display. Southeast Green caught with SACE's Anne Blair and Brionte McCorkle of the Sierra Club - Georgia chapter to discuss why EVs are so important for the environment.
Meet Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia and Kate McGregor-Mosley of GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light) two members of the coalition heading up Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. Southeast Green caught up with them after the launch party where residents and commercial property owners could come meet the installers and learn about how the program will run...but let Kate and Jennette tell you about it.
It takes quite a bit of persistence, hard work and dedication to build the home of your dreams, especially if it's a but unconventional. What makes Alden and Carol Hathaway's home so unique? It is almost net zero. The home is a beautiful modern colonial filled with family antiques and modern color themes, but what makes it special is the use of solar power and energy efficiency built into the home. It took finding the right contractor but they have achieved their dreams. Alden, who is a senior executive with Sterling Planet, explains the journey, hows and most importantly the why they built the home they did. See pictures of the home.
Southface's Summer Solstice hosted over 200 people including political leadership for the City of Atlanta. Southeast Green caught up with Councilman Kwanza Hall to discuss the importance of Southface to the City of Atlanta.
A fun trip to NYC for the Healthy Brand Showcase led Southeast Green being introduced to Rustic Maka. In the quest to find the best working body care that is clean and organic, Southeast Green continues to search for the right clean deodorant. Rusitc Maka Pachy deodorant has great scents and a roll on application. No finger application here. Also it is Vegan and Cruelty free. We love it when people pay attention to all those special details.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport is committed to sustainability in a big way. In fact, the airport has set the goal to be the most sustainable airport in the world. Liza Milagro, Planner for the Department of Sustainability, who planned The is Beauty in Sustainability luncheon for airport employees in honor of Women's History month, joined us after lunch to discuss the goals of the airport.
Come tour with Southeast Green this teaching trailer which packs green building education for ten rooms into one trailer. The Live Smart trailer includes hands on learning activities for children too. The trailer will travel state wide to schools, home improvement stores, faith based organizations and NFL games. The goal is to reach 30,000 people a year. Thanks to Sarah Boren USGBC Florida Policy Director.
Southeast Green spoke with Jackie Detmer at the Mohawk Group at Greenbuild. With an emphasis on design, Mohawk Group has a commitment to full transparency and healthier carpet. Find out how Mohawk is making more sustainable and safer carpet.
At a recent lunch and learn hosted by Velo Solar, Southeast Green caught up with Mark Bell, president of Empower Energy to get a demonstration of their new dashboard that they co-developed with Cox Enterprises. The dashboard not only gives real-time energy efficiency data 28 Cox buildings but also monitors their solar installations on the buildings with solar. Cox Enterprises is finding that the dashboard is making a distinct difference in energy efficiency. Cox Enterprises has found that the buildings with the dashboard achieve greater energy efficiency than buildings without. Exciting behavioral changes for sure.
Keep America Beautiful discusses New York Times article about Recycling
Atlanta Recycles along with the Georgia Recycling Coalition, City of Atlanta, USGBC Georgia, and BOMA Georgia hosted the kick-off event for the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge addition of recycling to the program. Atlanta has long been the leader of the national challenge and has pushed to add water conservation and recycling to the program making it more dynamic and holistic for sustainability purposes.
The program included several speakers including the EPA and Keep America Beautiful. Southeast Green caught up with Keep America Beautiful's Brenda Pulley to discuss the event and the latest article from the New York Times about the failure of recycling in America.
Anthony Coker of Hannah Solar was the liaison on the first project for The Ray, the first net zero corridor in the country. Hannah Solar installed a solar tree that will provide the electricity for the EV DC3 Fast charger at the welcome center for the state Georgia located in West Point, Georgia.