Southeast Green interviews Beth Cope, new Director of Community for USGBC Georgia. Beth joins USGBC as they reorganize chapters to strengthen the overall organization with more cohesion. Beth talks about future plans for growth and the future of LEED in Georgia.
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.
October 15, 2015 marked an important day for Georgia and the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway. The first step of making the Nation's first net zero corridor was launched at the Georgia State Welcome Center on the Georgia-Alabama state line in West Point, Georgia, Ray C Anderson's birthplace. A solar tree that will provide electricity from the sun to charge EV's traveling along the corridor was inaugurated. State leaders including Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, the Mayor of West Point Georgia and leaders from Georgia Department of Transportation.
Southface Energy 2015's Visionary Dinner included a preview event with a panel discussion including keynote Steve Curwood, of NPR's Living on Earth. The discussion revolved around the the redefined three-legged stool environment, economy and equity. The three legged stool of sustainability has historically been defined as people, profit and planet. This subtle shift in alliteration definition brings more depth and sensitivity to the conversation on sustainability. Southeast Green caught up with Charles after the event to discuss equity in Atlanta.
Steve Curwood of NPR and host of Living on Earth since 1991. He has done many things on NPR but the fact that he has committed to Living on Earth for so long proves he is a planet lover! Make no mistake, Steve is super knowledgeable about climate change and the equity of climate change. He is very informative, thoughtful and motivating. Steve was the keynote at the 2015 Visionary Dinner hosted by Southface Energy.
Dr. Marshall Shepherd was the keynote speaker at the Genesis Society meeting hosted by GIPL. Dr. Shepherd, a triple degree holder from Florida State University, is the Director of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Shepherd addressed the attendees about understanding the difference between weather and climate. Southeast Green spoke with Dr. Shepherd afterwards to find out how people can up their climate literacy.